John C. McDonald, DO, FACOI, Good Shepherd Medical Associates internist, recently attended a three-day intensive course on teaching the core principles of providing medical care to geriatric patients. The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation sponsors scholarships to a Geriatrics Fellowship at the David Griffin School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles.

The conference was held in May of 2013 and topics included delirium and dementia, gait disturbance and fall prevention; preparing and delivering instructional sessions for resident and medical students, and dealing with difficult learners. Twenty physicians from across the nation attended the fellowship offering. Approximately 10,000 people each day turn 65 and begin receiving benefits through Medicare. The baby boomer generation includes babies born between the years of 1946 and 1964, and accounts for more than 76 million Americans. The East Texas area, specifically Longview, boasts a high population of aging Americans.

Longview is a certified retirement community, and medical providers with geriatric training are invaluable to the region. McDonald practices Internal Medicine in Marshall with Good Shepherd Medical Associates. He is also involved in Good Shepherd’s Graduate Medical Education program, serving as the Clinical Clerkship Director for medical students from Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. McDonald also acts as an attending physician for the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Recently elected to the TMF Health Quality Institute Board of Trustees, McDonald serves as President of District Three of the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association, serves on its Board of Trustees and is a delegate to the House of Delegates of the American Osteopathic Association. McDonald is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He and his wife Wendy reside in Hallsville.