Dr. David Schlientz Awarded John A. Hartford Foundation Age-Friendly Health Systems Scholarship for AHA’s Next Generation Leaders Fellowship 

David Michael Schlientz, MD, has been selected to receive the distinguished John A. Hartford Foundation Age-Friendly Health Systems Scholarship. This notable scholarship will enable Dr. Schlientz to participate in the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Next Generation Leaders Fellowship, a program committed to fostering innovative leadership in the health care sector. 

An assistant professor of Medicine with the DOM division of Geriatrics, Dr. Schlientz’s selection for this prestigious scholarship underscores his commitment and expertise in improving health care for older adults. His work at Duke has consistently exemplified excellence and a profound understanding of the complexities involved in geriatric medicine. This scholarship will provide him with advanced education and training, enhancing his capacity to lead transformative initiatives within the health care system. 

The John A. Hartford Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the care of older adults by promoting a health system that is age-friendly and equitable. Their Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative ensures that older adults receive optimal care grounded in evidence-based practices tailored to their specific needs and preferences. By awarding scholarships to health care leaders like Dr. Schlientz, the Foundation emphasizes its mission to drive systemic improvements and cultivate a cadre of professionals dedicated to geriatric care. 

The AHA’s Next Generation Leaders Fellowship is designed to develop leaders capable of making significant contributions to the health care industry. The fellowship offers a comprehensive curriculum, including mentorship, peer learning, and developing a capstone project addressing a critical issue within the participant’s organization. Through this fellowship, Dr. Schlientz will collaborate with other forward-thinking leaders, gain insights from seasoned mentors, and apply innovative strategies to improve the quality of care for older adults. 

Dr. Schlientz expressed his gratitude and enthusiasm upon receiving the scholarship. “I am deeply honored to be selected for this scholarship and to participate in the fellowship. This opportunity will allow me to build on the work we’ve been doing at Duke and to explore new ways to improve health care delivery for our aging population. I look forward to collaborating with other health care leaders and bringing back valuable insights to our community,” he said.