Fick Named Fellow by the Gerontological Society of America

June 28, 2005

(University Park, Pa) — Dr. Donna M. Fick, associate professor of nursing at Penn State, has been named a Fellow within the Clinical Medicine Section of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

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GSA is the oldest and largest multidisciplinary scientific organization in the world devoted to the advancement of aging-related research. Being named a Fellow is the result of a personís outstanding contributions to the field of gerontology through his or her research, teaching, administration, public service, practice and/or notable participation in the organization.

Fick is being honored for research that explores the treatment of and subsequent outcomes for hospitalized patients with delirium superimposed on dementia, as well as the inappropriate use of medication in persons 65 and older. Throughout her career, she has published nearly 30 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts and book chapters and received funding from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Health Resources Services Administration and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in support of her research. Fick also serves as an expert consultant on grants currently being conducted at Brown, Emory and Florida Atlantic universities and is a Research Fellow of the Kerr L. White Institute for Health Services Research.

Fick came to Penn State from the Medical College of Georgia (MCG), where she was an associate professor and director of the Center for Health Care Improvement (CHI). Established in 1998 by MCG and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia, CHI enhances the quality and effectiveness of healthcare delivery through education in healthcare policy and practice, health services research and the use of information systems for health care delivery.

A certified clinical specialist in gerontological nursing, Fick has held clinical positions at hospitals and nursing homes in Ohio, Connecticut and California. She received her B.S.N. from Berea (Kentucky) College, her M.S.N. from the University of Cincinnati and Ph.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, and she completed post-masters work in epidemiology and chronic disease at Yale University.

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