In advance of the Retreat, Vivien Hoexter (the retreat facilitator) interviewed attendees with the goal of understanding what the hoped for outcomes were for the Retreat. The Board also solicited comments from the membership and those comments were synthesized by Drs. Busby-Whitehead and Supiano. Of note, there was close alignment between the membership comments and the results of the interviews with Board members.
Together with the Retreat Planning Committee, Vivien Hoexter and staff worked on a Retreat agenda which would provide attendees with the necessary background on current ADGAP and AGS activities to support academic geriatrics as well as the external environment.
Following the presentations, retreat attendees met in small groups to identify thematic areas for which ADGAP should be the lead organization. There was a remarkable amount of congruence among the groups in terms of major themes identified: geriatrician pipeline, leadership training opportunities for emerging and established leaders, and research and clinical programs. During its discussion of themes and existing AGS and ADGAP work, the Retreat Attendees determined to focus their efforts on the development of SMART goals that would lead programs to bolster the geriatrician pipeline, maintain leadership development opportunities, and support development of new approaches to clinical care. The group felt that the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) had been leading efforts to protect and enhance funding for aging research and similarly was investing in efforts to improve the quality and safety of care. Attendees felt that ADGAP’s role in these two arenas would be as a strong partner to the AGS in its efforts.