Medical Education

serviceskenteachingTraining Health Care Professionals in the care of older adults

The Unit develops and enhances training in the primary care of older adults for medical residents and students, master's level nurse practitioner students, and master's level social work 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.

Resident Physicians (Post Graduate Year 1-3)
Residents from several Mass General programs learn the specifics of caring for older adults in the Senior Health practice and its affiliated sites. Participating training programs include: primary care and categorical internal medicine, medicine-pediatrics, psychiatry, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. In 1997, Senior Health participated in the Harvard - Hartford Foundation Geriatrics in Primary Care Initiative. Learning objectives are: biology of aging, recognition and management of geriatric syndromes, functional assessment, team care, and restorative and health promotion approaches. Several syllabi are available.

Third-year Harvard Medical School (HMS) students have the opportunity to take their ambulatory Core Medicine training at Senior Health. Fourth-year HMS students can select Senior Health for their Primary Care Clerkship. Electives may be arranged on an individual basis for students from HMS and other medical schools and can be arranged by contacting Claus Hamann MD, MS.

Fellows in Geriatric Medicine
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

Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
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

Geriatric Social Worker
Senior health is a teaching site for the Mass General Department of Social Work for second-year, master's-level social work students. Our practice accepts one trainee per academic year who spends 3 days per week at Senior Health and affiliated sites. For more information the department of Social Services can be reached at 617-726-2640

Continuing Medical, Nursing and Social Work Education
Senior Health participates actively in the programs of the Harvard Department of Continuing Education, Division on Aging, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mass General Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry, and Mass General General Medicine Unit.