Geriatrics in family practice residency education: an unmet challenge

Fam Med. 2003 Jan;35(1):30-4.


The aging of the US population poses one of the greatest future challenges for family practice residency graduates. At a time when our discipline should be strengthening geriatric education to address the needs of our aging population, the Group on Geriatric Education of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine believes that recent guidelines from important family medicine organizations suggest that our discipline's interest in geriatric education may be waning. Barriers to improving geriatric education in family practice residencies include limited geriatric faculty, changes in geriatric fellowship training, competing curricular demands, and limited diversity of geriatric training sites. Improving geriatric education in family practice residencies will require greater emphasis on faculty development and integration of geriatric principles throughout family practice residency education. The Residency Review Committee for Family Practice should review the Program Requirements for Residency Education to ensure that geriatric training requirements are consistent with current educational needs. The leadership of family medicine organizations should collaboratively address the need for continued improvement in training our residents to care for older patients and the chronically ill.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Curriculum*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Family Practice / education*
  • Female
  • Geriatrics / education*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / organization & administration
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Male
  • Needs Assessment / trends*
  • Population Dynamics*
  • Quality of Health Care
  • United States