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Medical and Health Sciences Students

Currently, less than half of medical schools provide a structured geriatrics curriculum, and even fewer offer focused geriatrics training. Furthermore, only 4% of medical students choose to pursue the geriatrics educational opportunities available to them. The University of Pittsburgh Division of Geriatric Medicine is working to increase students' exposure to and focus on geriatrics training to ensure that University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine graduates are well equipped to provide the future needs of the aging population.

Geriatrics Course

Dr. Rollin Wright teaches an innovative week-long geriatrics course required for all medical students. This course is supported by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, and is known around the medical school as the Macy Course.

Acknowledging that delivery of care to older persons requires cooperation between many members of an interprofessional team, the course is available to all Schools within the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences, and is a required component of many curricula. Course participants regularly include nurse practitioner, physical therapy, pharmacy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy students. Each year the course involves 200 students, and has demonstrably enhanced their knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about geriatric medicine and team-based practices.

Geriatrics Area of Concentration (AOC)

Dr. Neil Resnick collaborates with other Geriatrics faculty to lead a novel Geriatrics Area of Concentration (AOC) for medical students designed to promote interest in the effects of age on health and healthcare. The Geriatrics AOC, equivalent to a "Geriatrics major," is a four-year program that offers mentorship, leadership opportunities, clinical experiences, and an innovative week-long geriatrics course.

The program funds scholarly projects for 3-7 students each year, and awards a Certificate in Geriatrics to several students annually. The Geriatrics AOC also offers an interdisciplinary curriculum for nursing and pharmacy students. Since its inception, more than 200 students have participated in the Geriatrics AOC.

Advance Practice Provider Students

The Division trains nine students annually in acute care geriatrics for the University's Physician Assistant (PA) Program. Comprising four-week blocks, this rotation is highly rated and is requested by most PA students. The program leader, Anne Kisak, CRNP, is a past recipient of the University of Pittsburgh Clerkship Preceptor of the Year award. Training for CRNP students has recently been added.