RowanSOM Geriatrics for Students
Students at RowanSOM learn about geriatrics in all years of medical school, from unique content on the physiology of aging in the first year to elective Sub-Internships in the acute care ACE Unit (Acute Care of the Elderly Unit) a hospital unit manned by an interdisciplinary team of geriatricians, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, social workers, and other health care professionals that is designed to address the unique needs of geriatric patients, in the fourth year.
RowanSOM is one of the few medical schools in the U.S. to offer a course on Death and Dying, as well as a dedicated, 4-week Geriatrics course, in the MS-II year. Students rotate through a 4-week clinical clerkship in the MS-III year. During the third year clerkship, students experience caring for geriatric patients in settings across the continuum of care: ambulatory clinic, acute care, long-term care, Program of All-inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE), and hospice.
Geriatrics at RowanSOM (All Years)
Specialized Course Content in:
Specialized Course Content or Unique Courses in:
Four week clinical clerkship; students care for geriatric patients across the continuum:
For more information on RowanSOM and how to apply, visit RowanSOM’s Admissions website.
RowanSOM Geriatrics for Residents
As the population ages, as much as 75% of a physician’s time, in the ambulatory office, in the emergency department, and in hospital wards, will be spent caring for the elderly. RowanSOM prepares residents to meet the unique needs of the elderly patient with specialized training and dedicated rotations.
Interns at RowanSOM gain geriatric expertise in the acute care setting. They rotate on geriatrics wards and in the ACE Unit, where a geriatrician presents a unique curriculum on delirium and medication management.
Internal Medicine residents receive four specialized geriatrics sessions at Morning Report every year. They may also opt to take a two- or four-week selective in the ACE Unit. Residents may opt to pursue geriatrics training in the ambulatory clinic, either at the NJISA or in off-campus clinical sites.
PGY/OGME-II Family Medicine residents participate in assigned, 2-week geriatric rotations; they spend time with a geriatrician in the long-term care setting. Additionally, Family Medicine Residents are assigned a small panel of patients at a long-term care facility that they follow over the course of a year of their residency training.
PGY/OGME-III General Psychiatry residents spend a 4-week rotation with the geriatric psychiatry faculty. They see patients in ambulatory, subacute, and long-term care facilities.
Emergency Medicine residents receive specialized geriatric content through the Care of the Aging Medical Patient in the Emergency Room (CampER) curriculum. PGY/OGME-III/IV residents complete a Virtual Patient experience about an older patient with multiple co-morbidities.