The Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs (ADGAP) was founded in 1990 by a group of twenty leaders in the field of geriatrics who worked to establish this organization in response to the need to stimulate and expand interest in geriatric education and research. Recognizing the need to unify its efforts with those of the American Geriatrics Society, these leaders determined that ADGAP should work within the AGS structure to accomplish its mission. Following the first meeting of Program Directors in Atlanta in 1990, the organization was officially incorporated in 1992. ADGAP is currently a supporting Foundation of the American Geriatrics Society and it works collaboratively with the AGS on public policy advocacy, geriatrics training, and aging research.