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Geriatric Medicine Unit
The Geriatric Medicine Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital develops and enhances training in the primary care of older adults for medical fellows and master's level nurse practitioner students. An interdisciplinary approach to care is taught.
The unit devlops and enhances training in the primary care of older adults for medical fellows and master's level nurse practitioner students. An interdisciplinary approach to care is taught. Training occurs primarily at Mass General Senior Health but also involves other sites and levels along the continuum of care, such as the hospital, subacute and rehabilitation, elderly housing, retirement communities, and nursing homes. Special diagnostic and management strategies are critical to the well being of older adults. Despite progress over the last decade, many health professionals still receive insufficient training in these strategies, especially in primary care. Through the experties of its practice members, Senior Health is uniquely positioned to lead the training of health professionals at Mass General.
The Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital is a one-year ACGME approved fellowship focusing on the care of patients ages 65 and older across the continuum of health care settings. Fellows learn the principles of geriatric medicine by providing care and counsel to patients and families in ambulatory, acute, sub- acute and home settings. They will also learn Palliative Care during their inpatient Palliative Care rotation. Fellows will become skillful at collaborative care by working in an interdisciplinary team of nurse practitioners, geriatric psychiatrists, geriatric social workers, and geriatric case managers. In addition Fellows will engage in learning activities through Core Didactic Conferences, Case Conferences, Journal Club and Research Conferences and develop teaching and leadership skills through one-on-one mentorship, consulting resources and teaching patients, families, medical residents and students.
Senior Health is a teaching site for the MGH Institute of Health Professions for second-year, master's-level nurse practitioner students. Our practice accepts one trainee per academic semester for 8-16 hours per week. For more information the Institute can be reached at 617-726-2947
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