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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:

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 lectures for medical and graduate nursing 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.

Fourth-Year Elective

Fourth-year medical students can participate in a two-week geriatric elective.  This experience includes clinical experiences with geriatricians, nurse practitioners, and members of the inter-professional team in the clinic, skilled nursing facility and home care settings.

Graduate Medical Education

Faculty members of the Division of Geriatric Medicine are involved in the training of residents in internal medicine, family medicine, and psychiatry through their clinical practice.

Members of the division participate in the ambulatory curriculum 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 Geriatric Interprofessional Immersion Training (GIIT) program. GIIT is an educational retreat for rising chief residents from multiple specialties to enhance teaching skills and care for the older adult population.