Undergraduate teaching of geriatric medicine in the United Kingdom: changes in the years 1981-1986

Med Educ. 1988 Nov;22(6):498-500. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2923.1988.tb00792.x.


A follow-up survey of undergraduate teaching of geriatric medicine was carried out in 1986. All 27 clinical medical schools responded. Geriatric medicine is taught to all medical students in 25 and to only a proportion of students in two. Fifty-nine per cent of schools have academic departments teaching for a mean of 89 hours compared with 33 hours in non-academic departments--an overall mean of 68 hours. The subject is taught by various methods with 70% of teaching time spent on bedside clinical instruction. Other aspects of institutional and community care are often covered. The subject is examined in 18 schools. New academic departments are planned at four schools, and an increase in teaching time planned in five. To meet the needs of the population of the next century, reconsideration of curricula in some of the medical schools is recommended.

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate / trends*
  • Geriatrics / education*
  • Humans
  • United Kingdom