Geriatric Medicine

Introduction | Faculty & Staff | Courses

Geriatric medicine is dedicated to the care of older people and to healthy aging throughout life, so that the frailties and disabilities common in older years can be prevented. To provide comprehensive care, geriatrics is often interdisciplinary, and clinical instruction takes place in a wide variety of settings, including outpatient, acute hospital, nursing home, retirement, home care and rehabilitation settings. As an aged-based specialty like Pediatric Medicine, Geriatric Medicine includes aspects of internal medicine, pharmacology, psychiatry, adult development, family medicine, neurology, urology, gynecology, and rehabilitation medicine.

The creation of a new Department of Geriatric Medicine with the medical school officially recognizes not only the strong preexisting academic and research programs of the geriatric program, but acknowledges that Hawaii is an aging state with the longest life expectancy in the nation. The department provides education for: medical students, residents in internal medicine, family practice, ob-gyn and psychiatry, fellows in geriatric medicine and geriatric psychiatry, and practicing physicians.

The fully accredited Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program is one of the four largest fellowship programs in the country. More than 80 geriatricians have graduated from the program since its inception, with almost half of them currently practicing in Hawaii and the Pacific Region. The fellowship accepts physicians who are graduates of either internal medicine or family practice residency programs. The first year of fellowship training is designed to lead to eligibility for the certificate of added qualifications (CAQ) in geriatric medicine. Additional years of fellowship are devoted to research, consultative medicine, medical education, medical administration, and concurrent advance degrees.

The departmentís international collaborative research studies are well established and respected, tailored to the uniqueness of Hawaii in location and population diversity. Some its largest epidemiological studies include:
  • The Honolulu Heart Program, a long-term study of cardiovascular disease in a cohort of Japanese-American males, which is currently the nationís largest health follow-up study of a minority group
  • The Honolulu-Asia Aging Study, with comparison studies of age-related problems and dementia
  • The Womenís Health Initiative, a headline-making clinical trial and observational study to address the effects of hormone replacement therapy and other factors on the overall health of post Ėmenopausal women.

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