Integrating geriatric content into a medical school curriculum: Description of a successful model

Debra A. Newell, Mukaila Raji, Steven Lieberman, Robert E. Beach

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Most medical school curricula do not equip students with adequate attitudes, knowledge and skills to care for elderly populations. We describe an effective geriatric curricular infusion model compatible with preserving the overall curricula schema. Course and clerkship directors, staff and faculty from the Office of Educational Development, Center on Aging, curriculum committee and Associate/Assistant Deans of Education, and faculty from the schools of medicine, nursing, and allied health collaborated in the effort. Each of these components and institutional financial commitment were critical to successful basic science and clinical geriatric content infusion addressing the American Geriatric Society (AGS) Core Competencies. Delivery modalities included problem-based learning cases, lectures, standardized patient portrayals for teaching and assessment, and experiential activities with elderly. Assessments were conducted and outcomes tracked in several ways, including: (1) annual course reviews, focus groups, and student evaluations; (2) mandatory geriatrics 4th year graduation competency exam; and, (3) AAMC Graduation Questionnaire responses. Initial data indicate that student knowledge and competencies have increased with increasing exposure in the desired areas, and support infusion as a viable approach to enhancing gerontology and geriatric curricular content.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-32
Number of pages18
JournalGerontology and Geriatrics Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 11 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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