For This Medical Student, Program Opens Minds and Doors

August 12, 2016
Spotlight

“A lot of people related to the project on a personal level—they have loved ones who they think could benefit from it. Other people wanted to implement something similar in their own facilities," says Daniel Goltz. Goltz, though still in medical school, is already an experienced researcher—thanks in part to an award from the Foundation for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (formerly the AMDA Foundation). Goltz and his colleague Kelly Ryan Murphy received a 2016 Quality Improvement & Health Outcomes (QIHO) Award for “Connecting Residents with Dementia to Their Autobiographic Soundtrack with Personalized Medicine.” The award enabled Goltz and Murphy to implement their project and make plans for its expansion. “It’s not just the recognition, but how it helps boost your project and its visibility. We got invited to other programs because of this award. It opens doors,” he says.