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Paula Podrazik, M.D., a professor in the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatrics at UAMS, joined the UAMS faculty in 2009 as a seasoned geriatrician and educator with expertise in curriculum design and faculty development from the University of Chicago where she was nationally recognized for the CHAMP (Curriculum for the Hospitalized Aging Medical Patient) Faculty Development Program supported by a Donald W. Reynolds Foundation educational grant.
A native of Chicago, Dr. Podrazik is a graduate of the Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University Medical School and completed her combined residency in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine at the McGraw Medical Center of Northwestern University. After a ten year career in academic Emergency Medicine as a clinician-educator and Associate Residency Director on the east coast, Dr. Podrazik returned to her native Chicago to complete a fellowship in geriatrics at the McGraw Medical Center of Northwestern University. For the decade prior to coming to UAMS, Dr. Podrazik was on faculty at the University of Chicago, in the Section of Geriatrics in a number of key roles including: Outpatient Clinic Director, Director of Education, and the Program Director and subsequent Principal Investigator of the University of Chicago's nationally recognized Reynolds Foundation granted project, "The Curriculum for the Hospitalized Aging Medical Patient (CHAMP)."
A gifted teacher, Dr. Podrazik has received a number of teaching awards including the "Clinical Excellence and Teaching Award" from the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago in 2008 and the UAMS College of Medicine Residency Educator Award in 2012. She has served as the primary mentor for the Reynolds Department of Geriatrics' first Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA) junior faculty recipient. Dr. Podrazik teaches nationally and is published on aspects of improving the quality of clinical care for the elderly in the complex systems of the fast-paced hospital environment through educational interventions. Dr. Podrazik has served on several national committees including the American Geriatrics Society's Health Care Systems Committee and the American Board of Internal Medicine's Focused-Recognition in Hospital Medicine Design Task Force.
Currently, Dr. Podrazik has served as the Program Director of the Geriatrics Fellowship and the Vice Chair for Education in the Reynolds Department of Geriatrics since 2009 overseeing 220+ interprofessional students and residents in attaining geriatric skills in four-week rotations. Additionally, she serves as the Medical Director of the Thomas and Lyon Longevity Clinic – a model outpatient clinical venue for interprofessional geriatrics clinical care and education with over 24,000 patient visits annually. Her work as Medical Director includes UAMS Primary Care Service Line administrative and Quality Improvement initiatives. Given her extensive geriatrics and internal medicine teaching and practice experience and added background in emergency medicine and palliative care. Dr. Podrazik brings not just a wealth of experience, but a creative energy, flexibility and innovation to the teaching programs at UAMS and the Reynolds Department of Geriatrics.
Dr. Podrazik is board certified in Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She sees patients in the Thomas and Lyon Longevity Clinic at the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging as well as on the UAMS inpatient geriatrics consultation service.