Education, Training & Outreach

Carolina Geriatric Education Center

The Carolina Geriatric Education Center (CGEC), a HRSA funded center, works with North Carolina’s health and human service practitioners to develop effective approaches to the care of older people in their communities, including those in rural and underserved areas. With leadership from the Center for Aging and Health, the CGEC is a collaborative effort of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the North Carolina Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program. The current grant cycle targets the areas of falls prevention, mental health, health literacy, developing geriatric curriculum through the Master Teacher’s program and interdisciplinary core competencies. With the essential involvement of the North Carolina AHEC Program and Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Social Work, and Public Health, the Institute on Aging, the consortium meets significant training needs across the state through curriculum development and dissemination, site development, faculty development, fellowship/post-doctoral training, clinical training, and continuing education.

Portal of Geriatric Online education (POGOe)

POGOe, is a free resource for physicians and medical professionals to disseminate geriatric, and geriatric subspecialty curricula.  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be submitting all curricula outlines and training modules to POGOe. All training modules have been developed with funding from The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.  A list of current and Pending UNC-Chapel Hill modules is available. 

Geriatric Fellowship Program

The Geriatric Fellowship Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers clinical and research training in the care of complicated older patients with an emphasis on evidence based care, a focus on academics, and a foundation in education. This program can be tailored to the individual career needs of each Fellow through a variety of program options including: one year clinical training, two year clinical training, three year research fellowship, ABIM research track and combined geriatric/subspecialty training.  Past UNC Geriatric Fellows have gone on to become clinical geriatricians, medical directors, academic faculty, researchers, and double boarded sub-specialists.

American Geriatrics Society (AGS) UNC Student Chapter

The mission of the American Geriatrics Society - UNC-CH Student Chapter is to interest physicians-in-training in the field of geriatrics, to enhance the visibility of geriatric medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, and to provide educational programs on geriatric medicine. The chapter aims to educate all medical students in relevant aspects of aging, especially those who do not specifically plan to enter the field of geriatrics. For those students specifically interested in geriatrics, the chapter seeks to develop leadership skills in geriatric medicine by sponsoring interdisciplinary programs, encouraging and funding research participation, and creating geriatric-related community service opportunities.

Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program

The MSTAR Program, funded by an NIH T35 grant, provides medical students, early in their training, generally rising MSII, with an enriching summer experience in aging-related research and geriatrics, under the mentorship of top experts in the field. This program introduces students to research and academic experiences that they might not otherwise have during medical school. This positive introduction has led many physicians-in-training to pursue academic careers in aging, ranging from basic science to clinical research to health services research. They have joined the growing cadre of physicians and scientists whose specialized knowledge and skills are in great demand as our population ages. Stipends are provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in conjunction with American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR.)

Geriatric Medical School Curriculum Integration Program

To date the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine admits over 170 students annually to its traditional 4-year curriculum.  Geriatric education at UNC to date has been vertically integrated with the goal of incorporating all 26 of AAMC/AGS recommended core geriatrics competencies and embedding them within basic science, humanities, and the clinical required courses and clerkships. Geriatric teaching now impacts medical students in years 1-4, residents, and fellows at UNC. Initial funding for the development and integration of medical student training in Geriatrics was provided by The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation: Next Steps in Physicians’ Training in Geriatrics Program

The “Next Steps in Physicians’ Training in Geriatrics Program” was developed by The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation in 2010 as a part of their Aging and Quality of Life program in response to a growing consensus that geriatric physicians are in high demand, but continue to be in short supply.  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) Center for Aging & Health was selected as one of 10 national training sites to expand physician training in geriatrics.  The UNC-CH Center for Aging & Health targeted training program is called the “Alliance for Geriatrics Education in Specialties” (AGES) and is aimed at specialties/subspecialties that commonly care for large numbers of older adults, but none of which currently require geriatrics’ proficiency.  During 2011-2014, five specialties and subspecialties at UNC-CH– Emergency Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Hematology/Oncology, Trauma and Critical Care Surgery, and the Hospital Medicine service – including faculty, residents and fellows are being trained.

The John A. Hartford Foundation: Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Training Program

The Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Training initiative was created by The John A. Hartford Foundation in 1998.  This program addresses the critical shortage of geriatric faculty members in the nation's medical schools and is geared to integrate geriatrics into the medical and surgical subspecialties by supporting junior faculty and fellows. The Center for Aging and Health at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of 28 Centers of Excellence across the country that has collectively produced hundreds of geriatrically knowledgeable scientists, teachers and clinicians. This program has also helped create a higher level of recognition and appreciation of the discipline throughout the medical center, university and affiliated clinical service settings.

The Hearst Foundation: Chief Resident Immersion Training Program (CRIT)

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received funding from The Hearst Foundation for a 24-month (2013-2015) grant to implement the Geriatrics Chief Resident Immersion Training (CRIT) program. Dr. Debra Bynum and Dr. Kevin Biese will serve as Co-Principal Investigators, overseeing the progress and planning of the retreat, development of lectures with the speakers, evaluating the program, and meet with chief residents to review results Action Projects after the retreats.  Dr. Isao Iwata and Dr. Ellen Roberts will function as co-investigators with considerable expertise in graduate medical education and training.