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Medical Education

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:

Advancing Geriatrics Education Curriculum Across the Medical Education Curriculum

Funded by the Donald W. Reynolds foundation, the aim of this project was to create a suite of educational activities that would constitute an integrated geriatrics education program across the medical education continuum. The initiative included (1) integrating geriatrics curriculum into the new Learner-centered Integrated Curriculum; (2) integrating geriatrics assessment; and (3) establishing geriatrics advocacy programs.

Geriatric Teaching Days

The Division of Geriatric Medicine and the Meyers Primary Care Institute co-sponsor the Dr. John Meyers Visiting Professor of Geriatric Medicine. Geriatric Teaching Days include 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 and nursing 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 and pharmacy students from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) 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 Medicine 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 geriatric medicine, 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 small and large group didactic sessions followed by an experience interviewing an older adult and performing functional assessments in an assisted living setting  followed by  an onsite  debriefing session with Geriatric Medicine faculty and assisted living staff.

Graduate Medical Education

Faculty members of the Division of Geriatric Medicine are involved in the training of residents in internal medicine, family medicine, and OB/GYN through their clinical practice and standardized patient exercises.

Members of the division participate in the Ambulatory Care Block for the internal medicine residents; this includes didactic presentations, home visits, and clinical experiences with a geriatrician.

Division faculty led 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.