The faculty in the Division of Geriatrics is committed to educating the next generation of physicians to care for the growing number of older adults. Our aim is to produce physicians competent in caring for older adults and physician-leaders with the capacity to redesign health care to address the needs of older adults.

Using the Internal Medicine/Family Medicine Core Competencies in Geriatrics as a framework, we have created geriatrics training via didactics, elective outpatient and inpatient experiences, and longitudinal outpatient electives. Our goal is to graduate physicians who are well prepared to care for our aging population. Within resident education, our current Division priority is to focus on Internal Medicine residents, specifically primary care residents as these are the physicians who are most likely to be the primary physician for the aging population. We are constantly striving to strengthen our educational efforts and hope to expand to other resident groups.
2012 Summit Awardees

We are actively involved in teaching Geriatrics in the following settings:

  • Direct Geriatric Preceptorship in the Mount Zion General Medicine clinic for primary care residents
  • Direct preceptorship to provide care for homebound patients in The General Medicine clinics (with accompanying didactic curriculum) for primary care residents
  • Elective and longitudinal experience at the Over60 Health Center in Berkeley
  • Elective clinic at the SFVA Geriatrics Clinic
  • Resident Half Day in Geriatrics
  • Noon conferences at the VA and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (IM and FM residents)
  • Primary Care residency didactics on caring for complex older adults
  • Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit at ZSFG, VA
  • Six weeks of Geriatric attending coverage on the General Medicine service at UC Moffitt Hospital

Photographs: Elisabeth Fall