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   Division of Geriatric Medicine

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Geriatrics Education within the School of Medicine

The Division of Geriatric Medicine offers educational programs for students within the School of Medicine that are designed to prepare them to meet the growing need for healthcare for older adults.

Geriatrics Course

Dr. Rollin Wright offers the Macy Course, a week-long geriatrics course that is a compulsory component of medical students' curriculum. Because of the team-oriented nature of geriatrics care needs, this course is open to all Schools within the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences, and is a required course in several other programs. Nurse practitioner, physical therapy, pharmacy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy students regularly participate in the course. 

Geriatrics Area of Concentration

Division faculty also lead a novel Geriatrics Area of Concentration (AOC) for medical students that is designed to spark interest in the effects of age on health and healthcare. This curriculum track is equivalent to a "Geriatrics major," and is a four-year program that offers mentorship, leadership opportunities, clinical experience, the Macy Course, and the opportunity to receive special funding for a scholarly project. The Geriatrics AOC also offers an interdisciplinary curriculum for nursing and pharmacy students.

To read more about the Division of Geriatric Medicine's Education and Training opportunities, please click here.

Centers

Geriatric Mental Health Center


Thirty-five years ago, we created a Center of Excellence in Geriatrics in collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry. It became one of only two sites in the United States designated by the John A. Hartford Foundation as a Center of Excellence in both Geriatric Medicine and Geriatric Psychiatry. Based in part at the Benedum Geriatrics Center, the Center works closely with the University's ADRC (Alzheimer's Center). It is also an integral part of our Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), the first in the nation to be based on geriatric outcome measures and certified as a level 3 PCMH by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. As a local, regional, and national resource, the Center provides state-of-the-art primary and consultative mental health care, focusing primarily on dementia, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disease. It also sponsors a multitude of quality improvement and educational initiatives, as well as fellowships in both geriatric medicine and geriatric psychiatry. In addition, it serves as the base for one of the nation's largest portfolios of NIH-funded research in geriatric mental health.

Geriatric Continence Center

Established by Dr. Kathryn Burgio, the University of Pittsburgh's Geriatric Continence Center has set the standard for diagnostic and consultative care, training, and seminal research on voiding dysfunction and geriatric incontinence for more than 30 years. Since 2000, the Center has been directed by Neil M. Resnick MD, Professor of Medicine and Chief of Geriatrics. Dually trained in geriatrics and urodynamics, Dr. Resnick previously served as the founding director of Harvard's Continence Center, one of the first in North America. In addition to its own activities, the Center collaborates with experts in Urogynecology and Urology and is part of the University of Pittsburgh's NIH-funded Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.

Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Center

The Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Center was established by Susan L. Greenspan MD, who is Professor of Medicine and is dually trained in geriatrics and endocrinology. Dr. Greenspan's academic focus is on geriatric bone health and osteoporosis. Since 2000, the Center has offered state-of-the-art diagnostic and consultative care, as well as education, training, and research. In addition, it serves as a base for the NIH-funded Claude Pepper Independence Center, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute's large-scale STRIDE study of falls prevention, UPMC's Fracture Liaison Service, and outreach programs for frail seniors.

Geriatric Pain Center


The Geriatric Pain Center is led by Debra K. Weiner MD, who is Professor of Medicine, Anesthesia, and Psychiatry and is dually trained in geriatrics and rheumatology as well as acupuncture. The Center, which also includes the VA Pittsburgh, serves as a major resource for diagnosis, consultation, and care, as well as education, training, and research. It is also the base for Dr. Weiner's NIH-funded Center of Excellence in Pain Education, which has focused on developing and testing online training modules for chronic lower back pain in older adults. Funded by her VA Merit Award, the Center has also developed decision support tools, including evaluation and treatment algorithms for component chronic low back pain conditions (e.g., hip osteoarthritis, depression, maladaptive coping). These algorithms are being published as a series of 12 articles in Pain Medicine, the official journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Geriatric Cardiology Center

In 2015, our Section of Geriatric Cardiology was created by Daniel Forman MD, Professor of Medicine and a dually trained geriatrician and cardiologist. Prior to his arrival in Pittsburgh, Dr. Forman directed Cardiac Rehabilitation and the Exercise Testing Lab at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Boston VA. He also served as the American College of Cardiology's Inaugural Chair of the Geriatric Cardiology. In 2016, our Geriatric Cardiology Section began offering state of the art consultation in geriatric cardiology, as well as education and training. Leveraging the expertise of both geriatrics and cardiology, the Section also provides a base for a rapidly growing portfolio of research in the field.