Why a Geriatric Track?
- By 2030, the older adult population will be more than seventy million.
- The 65 and older consumes more health care than any other age group.
- Clinicians in almost every medicine subspecialty and health care setting take care of older adults every day.
- The presentation, management, and pathophysiology of disease often differ significantly in older adults.
- Primary care physicians and subspecialists need to be better prepared to anticipate and manage the complex needs of the older population.
- Students participating in the geriatric track will be eligible for The Edward T. and Ellie Weisiger Lefeber, Sr. Award. Participation will also be reflected in the student's MSPE (Dean's letter)
- Increase students' knowledge base and sensitivity to the issues of aging adults.
- Introduce the principles of inpatient, outpatient, nursing home, and home care for older adults.
- Facilitate research activities and critical thinking.
- Strengthen programs to stimulate lifelong medical student interest in geriatrics.
- Describe and perform with supervision the management of chronic, complex, and multiple illnesses in older patients.
- Gain interview skills in order to communicate effectively with older patients and their families utilizing accommodations for culture and educational level.
- Assist patients in establishing goals of care and priorities.
- Comprehend how to use health system services on behalf of senior citizens.
- Confidently care for hospitalized and community dwelling older people throughout the spectrum of health (from healthy independent people to those approaching the end-of-life).
Major program components include:
- Clinical Curriculum – provides didactic training in a wide range of services including geriatric clinic, acute care for the elderly unit, skilled and community nursing facilities and home visits.
- Geriatric Conference – a series of lectures and journal clubs, which provide trainees with a broad scope of Geriatric education.
- Research Curriculum – first year trainees receive research training through the Medical Student training in Aging Research (MSTAR)
Courses and activities:
- Summer Program in Aging Research (MSTAR): is a 8-12 week intensive experience in aging research during the summer break following MS-1. This program provides a total stipend of approximately $3,720 and sponsors a paid trip to the national meeting of the American Geriatrics Society to present the research findings and network.
- The Lefeber Winter Series on Aging: is a one-hour-lecture series given by recognized gerontology researchers and educators held on 6 successive Tuesdays from 5:00 to 6:00 beginning in January.
- Annual Forum on Aging: The Sealy Center on Aging in conjunction with Research Services host the annual Forum on Aging poster around November from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Levin Hall Dining Room.
- Geriatrics Journal Club: A monthly noontime lunch journal club which discusses evidence-based medicine in geriatric topics.
- Noon Conference: A weekly noontime lunch conference series on principles of geriatrics.
- Geriatric Electives: Research in Geriatric Medicine Geriatric Consultation, Community Gerontology, Palliative Care, Acting Internship: Advanced Geriatric Inpatient Psychiatry.
- Basic science and Humanity Selectives: Palliative Care and Journey through dementia care.
All students enrolled in the School of Medicine are eligible.
Deadline to submit applications July 13, 2012
Geriatric Track Application Form