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The general goal of the program is to train internists and family practitioners for careers in clinical practice, teaching, administration and research in geriatrics. The program is intended and structured to provide and/or facilitate the acquisition of the knowledge, clinical and interpersonal skills, professional attitudes, behaviors and experience required for a successful career in geriatric medicine, whether institutional/academic or clinical/ private practice.
Teaching methods include learning "by example" and "by doing" in rounds, clinics, and research, formal lectures on rounds and at conferences, fellows reading and preparing presentations on various topics and cases at rounds and conferences, attendance at all departmental meetings and inservices, and participation in quality assurance and administrative activities. Specific didactic and participatory conferences include Geriatrics Journal Club and Seminars, AEMC Medical Grand Rounds and the AEMC Institutional Curriculum. In parallel with ongoing conferences, nursing home, home care and ambulatory care responsibilities, monthly rotations provide experience and teaching in general hospital-based primary care and consulting in geriatrics and related subspecialties. Attendance at local, regional and national geriatrics/gerontology meetings is encouraged. Fellows are evaluated monthly and semi-annually and additionally have the right and responsibility to evaluate the program and rotations regularly.