Geriatrics Recognition Award (GRA)

Purpose

The GRA recognizes physicians and nurses who are committed to life-long learning about the care of older adults. The AGS established the GRA to encourage health professionals to acquire special knowledge and keep abreast of the latest advances in clinical care of older adults through participation in lifelong learning.

In the last thirty years, there have been many significant advances in the understanding of the physiological changes of aging, the complexity of disease patterns in older people, and the ability to effectively manage care for older adults with multiple co-morbidities. These principles and knowledge must be translated to the care so that we all receive the highest quality health care possible.

The GRA demonstrates the physician's or nurse's commitment to providing quality care to older adults by participating in continuing education (CE) programs in geriatrics or gerontological nursing. It provides professional recognition of special knowledge in care of older adults.

Eligibility

All physicians and nurses may apply for the GRA. You do not need to be a member of the AGS to be eligible. Applicants who meet all the requirements will receive an award certificate recognizing his/her participation in lifelong learning centered on the care of older adults.

  • Requirements for Physicians
    The applicant must have earned 125 AMA Category 1 or AOA equivalent CME credits over a period of 4 or less years from CME programs in geriatrics. Credits must be earned from continuing education programs in geriatrics. At least 100 credits must be from programs that are sponsored, jointly sponsored or endorsed by the AGS. These programs include but are not limited to the AGS Annual Meetings, GRS 7 and GRS8. 25 credits can be from programs you have attended that have geriatrics content but are not sponsored, jointly sponsored or endorsed by the AGS. Physicians may only claim those hours allocated to geriatrics content.
  • Requirements for Nurses
    The applicant must have earned 125 Nursing contact hours or AMA Category 1 CME credits over a period of 4 or less years from CEU/CME programs in geriatrics/gerontological nursing. The credits may be a combination of nursing contact hours and CME credits. Credits must be earned from continuing education programs in geriatrics. At least 100 credits must be from programs that are sponsored, jointly sponsored or endorsed by the AGS. These programs include but are not limited to the AGS Annual Meetings, GRS7 and GRS8. 25 credits can be from programs you have attended that have geriatrics/gerontological nursing content but are not sponsored, jointly sponsored or endorsed by the AGS, but approved by the American Nurses Association (ANA) or certified for American Medical Association (AMA) Category 1 credits, Only hours allocated for geriatrics/gerontological may be counted.

Term 

The GRA is valid for four years from the month that the application is approved.

Application Process

GRA Application Form

Applications for the GRA should be submitted to:

Dennise McAlpin, Manager, Professional Education and Special Projects
American Geriatrics Society
40 Fulton St., 18th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Phone: 212-308-1414
Fax: 212-832-8646
Dmcalpin@americangeriatrics.org