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The Sealy Center on Aging supports training for graduate students, medical students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty. Junior faculty scholars typically go on to achieve external funding and academic independence. In the past, we educated healthcare providers in geriatrics in Galveston and rural East Texas through the activities of the East Texas Geriatric Education Center.


Geriatric Track

The Geriatric Track in the School of Medicine is a four-year learning experience that provides a unique opportunity to enhance knowledge, skill sets, values and expertise in the care of older adults.

Students in the Geriatric Track:

  • Increase their knowledge base and sensitivity to the issues of aging adults
  • Learn inpatient, outpatient, nursing home, and home care principles
  • Participate in research activities and critical thinking

Geriatric Medical Conference Series

The Geriatric Medical Conference Series is a selection of lectures and journal clubs that provide trainees with a broad scope of Geriatric education. These conferences include core lectures as well as special lectures in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR), Pepper Center Investigator’s lectures, and Center for Metabolic Health conferences.

Geriatric Medical Electives

There are currently three (3) geriatric electives available for selection by students to fulfill their requirements:

Medical Student Training in Aging Research

The Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) program encourages medical students, particularly budding researchers, to consider a career in academic geriatrics by awarding short-term scholarships.

MD-PhD Program

The MD-PhD Training Program in Health Disparities and Aging focuses on health and aging in minorities, with an emphasis on older Hispanics. The PhD curriculum begins after two years in medical school. The MD-PhD Training Program is a partnership between the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, the Sealy Center on Aging, and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Funding for the program comes from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Trainees may receive a stipend and full health care benefits.


Pre and Postdoctoral Training Program

The Center supports predoctoral and postdoctoral positions. These positions are for research, focusing on the health of older minorities with an emphasis on older Hispanics. Trainees collaborate with Center faculty who have over $42 million in research pertaining to minority health and aging in the areas of health disparities, aging trajectories, medical outcomes, health service utilization, social epidemiology, psychosocial stress, and health promotion. Learn more about the Health of Older Minorities Program and the Health Services Research Program.

Postdoctoral Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Certificate

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) offers certificate credit for postdoctoral scientists at UTMB. A Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Certificate is available to clinical and non-clinical postdoctoral fellows and faculty.

Career Development Seminars

The Center provides regular lectures and seminars in various areas of aging-related research and collaborates with other areas on campus to provide educational opportunities to students, clinicians and researchers.

  • Monthly Pepper Center Investigators seminars
  • Weekly Translational Research in Aging and Metabolism (TRAM) meetings
  • Monthly Topics in PCOR Lectures
  • Translational Research Scholars Program (TRSP) (in collaboration with the Institute for Translational Sciences (ITS) as part of the ITS Career Development Program
  • CeRPAN lectures