As one of 45 former geriatric education centers in the country, the Texas Consortium Geriatric Education Center was established in October 1985 and located at the Huffington Center on Aging. The consortium comprised nine academic institutions led by Dr. Robert Roush, who still serves as director of the TCGEC. In 2015, when formal federal funding ceased for the national network of geriatric education centers, the TCGEC was renamed the Texas Consortium for Geriatrics Education and Care. Its mission is still the same: offer professional development opportunities for healthcare professionals to increase their capability to render high quality age-appropriate care to older people.
Original members of the consortium who collaborated with Baylor College of Medicine are University of North Texas Health Science Center, UT-Pan American University, Texas Southern University, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, Texas A&M University, University of Houston, South Texas College, Prairie View A&M University School of Nursing, and Texas Woman's University. The TCGEC sponsored annual Professional Development Institutes and other programs that reached more than 75,000 health professionals. We continue to offer free continuing education via our Distance Learning Menu found on the TCGEC web page.