Gurwitz
Jerry Gurwitz, MD
Chief, Geriatric Medicine


 
 To make an appointment  
for our Geriatric Clinic
please call (508) 334-6251


The Division of Geriatric Medicine is situated within the Departments of Medicine and Family Medicine and Community Health. This provides a diverse faculty and a variety of approaches to health, education, and research regarding older persons. The faculty, whether Clinician or Researcher, is focused on patients and methods of health care to improve the overall health and independence of older persons. The faculty and staff of the Division of Geriatric Medicine have a commitment to excellence in:

patientMedical Care

Provider services include primary care of the older adult, comprehensive geriatric assessment and fall assessment. Providers may evaluate patients in consultation for a medication review or cognitive assessment. Staff members, including geriatricians and geriatric nurse practitioners, also provide patient care in the home and several area long-term care and rehab facilities, working as part of a multidisciplinary team with physical and occupational therapists, social workers and case managers to provide comprehensive care.

Medical Education

The division is committed to and involved in educational initiatives and research at all levels--undergraduate, post-graduate and continuing education for physicians. From integrating geriatric medicine throughout the undergraduate curriculum to fellowships and Chief Resident Immersion Training, we focus on how to better serve an aging population. Our fellowship acknowledges that it is essential that geriatricians increase awareness of the special concerns of the elderly and is committed to making them both excellent clinicians and educators. We also participate in the prestigious Medical Student in Aging Research (MSTAR) Fellowship offering opportunities for training in geriatric research to rising second year medical students. 

Graduate and Post-Doctoral Education

Faculty in the Division are part of the Clinical and Population Health Research (CPHR) PhD Program. Division faculty have taught courses and mentored students in the CPHR program since its inception in 2005. The Division offers opportunities for CPHR students to rotate with our faculty and also sponsors the graduate training and mentorship of several students.

Research

Members of the Geriatric Medicine division are conducting research in areas that include:

  • Improving Patient Safety
  •  Improving Transitions of Care
  • Quality of Care in Nursing Homes
  • Cognitive and Functional Health in Seniors

With the aging of the U.S. population the need for medical providers, educators, and researchers with expertise in geriatrics has never been so pressing. Please call us at (508) 856-3085 or geriatrics@umassmed.edu to find out more.

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