Dr. Potter Receives American Geriatric Society Honor

Jane Potter, MD, chief in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and geriatrics physician at Nebraska Medicine

Jane Potter, MD, Division of Geriatrics chief at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and geriatrics physician at Nebraska Medicine, is the recipient of the 2018 American Geriatric Society’s (AGS) Dennis W. Jahnigen Award that celebrates work to train more health professionals in the care we all need as we age.

“Over the past 35 years, Dr. Potter’s tireless work has advanced education for thousands of health professionals,” says Ellen Flaherty, PhD, board chair. “It would be difficult to locate a geriatrics clinician trained in the last two decades whose education has not been shaped in some way by Dr. Potter’s influence.”

A dynamic force driving geriatrics education, Dr. Potter has not only led medical education at UNMC but has expanded the scope of her work to lead national efforts aimed at increasing the prestige and prominence of the geriatrics workforce. Dr. Potter is a co-principal investigator for the AGS’s Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) Coordinating Center – a strategic resource supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation for 44 organizations in 29 states working through the only federal program focused on increasing the number of doctors, nurses, social workers, and other health care professionals trained to care for America’s older adult population.

Across her career, Dr. Potter has led several other impactful education programs through the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA, which also operates the GWEP), including the Geriatric Medicine and Geriatric Dentistry Fellowship Program and the Nebraska Geriatric Education Center. Dr. Potter is a past AGS president and board chair and deputy director for the AGS Geriatrics-for-Specialists Initiative.

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