Medical Education 

From medical school through residency and fellowship training and on into clinical practice and positions on medical school faculties, Hartford-funded programs are increasing the number of doctors able to teach geriatrics and improving the geriatric content of medical training programs, including those in surgical and medical specialties and subspecialties.

A cornerstone of the Foundation's medicine programming is the Centers of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Training initiative, created to address the critical shortage of geriatric faculty members in the nation's medical schools. Operating since 1988, and currently at 28 institutions across the country, this program has produced hundreds of scientists, teachers and clinicians with geriatrics expertise. It has also helped create a higher level of recognition and appreciation of the discipline throughout medical centers, universities and affiliated clinical service settings.

The Foundation has also supported the development of core competencies that physicians in training should hold in order to provide safe, quality care to older adults.  In partnership with the American Geriatrics Society, the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) has developed and now recommends 26 geriatric competencies every graduating medical student needs.  Our programs to integrate geriatrics into the surgical and related specialties and subspecialties of internal medicine have also produced competencies that all surgeons, emergency medicine physicians, internists, and family medicine physicians should have related to appropriate geriatric care.  Our grantees have developed educational materials to ensure trainees master these competencies.

Hartford programs with grantees like the American Federation for Aging Research, the American Geriatrics Society, the Association of Specialty Professors, and the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs have produced hundreds of physicians with geriatrics expertise and transformed training curricula to better prepare all physicians to care for older adults.  As our nation's health care system changes and our population ages, more remains to be accomplished to raise the quality of care that physicians, as part of multiprofessional teams, provide to older adults, particularly those experiencing multiple chronic conditions, cognitive impairment, frailty, and other complex health needs.