Education & Training ─ Fellowships
Center of Excellence in Geriatrics
Director: Rebecca A. Silliman, MD, PhD
In 1998, the Section of Geriatrics at Boston University School of Medicine became a Center of Excellence in Geriatrics (COE) funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation. The purpose of this faculty development program is to attract outstanding physicians to careers as geriatrically oriented faculty. It is designed to produce future leaders in geriatric education, research, and administration, produce clinicians skilled in geriatric care, and assist in the education and training of generalists with competency in geriatric care in order to meet the health needs of increasing numbers of elderly. This program also aims to support primary care and geriatrics clinician-educators in the acquisition of credentials needed for faculty promotion and retention. Our COE focus is considered to be very innovative by the Hartford Foundation
Faculty Scholars are trained for one year in the clinical, scientific and educational skills necessary to become effective teachers of geriatric medicine. Our geriatric medicine fellows join our faculty scholars in the Geriatric Clinical Content Module, the Evidence-Based Medicine Module, the Stanford Faculty Development Program Clinical Teaching Module, and the Health Care Systems Module. Together these modules extend over an nine-month period of time, taking place on one morning each week.
Inclusive of our current faculty scholars, we have trained faculty members from disciplines that range from dentistry, urology, otolaryngology, emergency medicine and rehabilitation medicine to family and general internal medicine. Support from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation also enabled several surgeons to participate in the program.
The Center has attracted outstanding physicians to careers as geriatrically-oriented faculty and has produced future leaders in geriatric education, research, and administration. The Center has assisted in the education and training of providers with competency in geriatric care. We provide faculty clinician-educators with the clinical, scientific and educational skills necessary to become effective teachers of geriatric medicine and support the acquisition of credentials needed for faculty promotion and retention.
Program StructureHartford Faculty Scholars participate in the program for one half-day per week for one year. For the first nine months, one-half day per week is spent in structured educational experiences. During the last three months, one-half day per week is spent in supervised scholarly activities and the remainder in clinical settings. Individual Faculty Scholars are assigned an advisor from the Center of Excellence in Geriatrics and participate in the design of a curriculum appropriate to his or her needs:
Contact: The Geriatrics Education Office at 617-638-6155 or firstname.lastname@example.org