The purpose of this program is to increase the number of physicians, dentists, and behavioral and mental health professionals who plan to teach geriatric medicine, geriatric dentistry, or geriatric behavioral and mental health.
Supported programs provide training in geriatrics and exposure to
the physical and mental disabilities of elderly individuals through a variety of service rotations such as geriatric consultation services, acute care services, dental services, geriatric behavioral and/or mental health units, day and home care programs, rehabilitation services, extended care facilities, geriatric ambulatory care and comprehensive evaluation units, and community care programs for elderly mentally retarded individuals.
Programs emphasize the principles of primary care as demonstrated through continuity, ambulatory, preventive, and psychosocial aspects of the practice of geriatric medicine, geriatric dentistry, and geriatric behavioral and mental health.
Projects provide training in geriatrics through two year fellowship programs and/or one year retraining programs.
Learning components for two year fellows include clinical, research, administration, and teaching.
A minimum of three fellows - one from each discipline is required each year of the award.