Mid-career faculty development awards in geriatrics: does retraining work?

J Am Geriatr Soc. 1993 May;41(5):570-1. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.1993.tb01897.x.


Objective: To evaluate the success of a mid-career physicians faculty retraining in geriatric medicine.

Design: Written survey of participants in the John Hartford Foundation's Mid-Career Faculty Development Program (1984-1988).

Setting: Four well established geriatric fellowship training programs.

Participants: The 29 physicians who received John Hartford Foundation awards.

Results: Twenty-one (87%) of 24 respondents felt that the fellowship year had either a "major" or "significant" impact on their careers, and 87% also spend a significant portion of their time training others in geriatrics.

Conclusion: This 4-year experiment in mid-career faculty retraining in geriatrics suggests that this approach is a viable alternative to traditional 2-year fellowships for helping to reduce the shortage of faculty in geriatric medicine.

MeSH terms

  • Consumer Behavior
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / standards*
  • Education, Professional, Retraining / standards*
  • Faculty, Medical*
  • Fellowships and Scholarships / standards*
  • Foundations
  • Geriatrics / education*
  • Humans
  • Program Evaluation
  • Staff Development / standards
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States