Division of Geriatric Medicine
Undergraduate Medical Education
Faculty members from the Division of Geriatric Medicine are very involved in numerous educational initiatives at the undergraduate medical education level which include:
The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation (Advancing Geriatrics Education) Integrated Geriatrics Education: A Model Curriculum Across the Medical Education Curriculum: The aim of this project is to create a suite of educational activities that will constitute an integrated geriatrics education program across the medical education continuum. Specifically the initiative includes (1) integrating geriatrics curriculum into the new Learner-centered Integrated Curriculum; (2) integrating geriatrics assessment; and (3) establishing geriatrics advocacy programs.
Geriatric Teaching Day: The Division of Geriatric Medicine, in collaboration with the UMMS Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Advancing Geriatric Education Initiative, the Meyers Primary Care Institute, and the Rosalie Wolf Interdisciplinary Geriatric Health Care Research Center co-sponsors the Dr. John Meyers Visiting Professor of Geriatric Medicine. Geriatric Teaching Day includes a dinner for students and faculty with a focus on exploration of the career path of a geriatrician, a Medicine Grand Rounds presentation focusing on geriatric medicine and care of the older adult, and lastly an informal seminar for Meyers’ faculty and the Division of Geriatric Medicine research faculty, led by the visiting professor.
Geriatrics Interest Group: The student-led Geriatric Interest Group for first- and second-year medical students provides community blood pressure and osteoporosis screenings as well as lectures for medical students on topics related to the care of the older adult. Many members of this group are also involved in the Navigator program.
Navigator Program: This innovative program matches medical students and students from the graduate school of nursing with older adult patients of geriatricians. These students have a longitudinal experience following the patient in their primary care and specialty appointments to learn about health care provided to older adults. The program is an optional enrichment elective which is noted on the transcript of medical students which complete the program.
Flexible Clinical Experience: In this joint effort between the Divisions of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative care specialists third-year medical students may select to participate in a one-week clinical rotation in ‘The Care of the Older Adult in the Home’. This experience allows the medical student to learn more about geriatrics, palliative care, and the inter-professional team within the home.
Geriatric Medicine Interclerkship: The Geriatrics Interclerkship is a one-day learning experience for third-year medical students consisting of an experience of interviewing an older adult in a long term care center followed by a didactic session.
Graduate Medical Education
Faculty members of the Division of Geriatric Medicine are involved in the training of residents in internal medicine, family medicine, ob/gyn, and psychiatry through their clinical practice and standardized patient exercises.
Members of the division participate in the Ambulatory Care Block for the internal medicine residents, which includes didactic presentations, an evidence based medicine session, independent home visits, and clinical experiences with a geriatrician.
In collaboration with the UMMS Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Advancing Geriatrics Education Initiative, division faculty lead the development and implementation of the Chief Resident Immersion Training (CRIT) program. CRIT is an educational retreat for rising chief residents from multiple specialties to enhance teaching skills and care for the older adult population.
The Division of Geriatric Medicine also offers a geriatric medicine fellowship.
Continuing Medical Education
Faculty members of the Division of Geriatric Medicine have presented continuing professional education to UMMS learning community mentors on geriatrics principles including functional and gait assessment.
Program directors are encouraged to attend the CRIT weekend with their program’s chief residents. During the CRIT weekend the program directors take part in a discussion amongst other program directors and faculty on teaching geriatric principles and the CRIT experience.