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Marilyn R. Gugliucci | Professor & Director of Geriatrics Education and Research, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Current Position and Past Experience
Marilyn R. Gugliucci, MA, PhD, is a Professor and the Director of Geriatrics Education and Research at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM). She is also the Founding Director of U-ExCEL (UNE~Exercise and Conditioning for Easier Living) Fitness/Wellness Program for older adults. Her Learning by Living Research Project offers two tracks: (1) Learning by Living Nursing Home Immersion that "admits" medical students into nursing homes to live the life of an elder resident for 2-weeks complete with a diagnosis and standard procedures of care; and (2) The 48 Hour Hospice Home Immersion that immerses pairs of medical students into an 18 bed inpatient acute care hospice home for 48 hours to conduct patient care, family support, and post-mortem care. She also conducts research on older adult function, falls, and proprioception.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Dr. Gugliucci is a Fellow of the National Association of Osteopathic Medical Educators (NAOME), the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). Her expertise and passion in the field of aging has resulted in numerous publications and presentations nationally and internationally. She serves on national and state boards and committees, was the former Chair for the GSA Health Sciences Section (1700 members), now serving on the Society’s Board of Directors. Additionally, she served a two-year term as president for AGHE and while in this role led the Association in establishing progressive definitions for geriatrics and gerontology. Although not a nurse, she was a mentor for the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nurses/Hartford Foundation Geriatrics Nursing Leadership Academy.

Dr. Gugliucci has been recognized with a number of awards both in osteopathic medicine and gerontology. Of note is the Association for Gerontology/Geriatrics in Higher Education (AGHE) Clark A. Tibbitts Award (2018) for outstanding contributions to the advancement of gerontology and geriatrics as a field of study in institutions of higher education. She was also awarded the Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME) Innovation in the Development of Enduring Medical Education Materials (2017) by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine for the 48 Hour Hospice Home Immersion Life Altering Medical Education & Research Project, 2017.

In Maine, Dr. Gugliucci was recognized with the Pope Leadership Award (2018) presented by the Hospice of Southern Maine recognizing the visionary leadership, passion for the hospice mission, active involvement in all stages of hospice development, and the willingness to forge together partnerships for the betterment of the community as a whole.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Dr. Gugliucci is the daughter of a former star first baseman (her mother) and an exceptionally gifted cook (her father). She has inherited fierce conscientiousness, unflagging optimism and only moderately bridled enthusiasm. Her goal in life is to change the world…wanting to effect change so all embrace aging. She enjoys running as a form of meditation and reading Brtish mysteries for solitatry entertainment. However, the truth is she is an extrovert and thoroughly enjoys working with students, colleagues and community members locally and globally!

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