Medical and Health Sciences Students

Geriatrics Course

The Interprofessional Geriatric Course is 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, occupational therapy, social work, nutrition and dental students regularly participate in the course.

Geriatrics Area of Concentration (AOC)

Division faculty 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 minor,” and is a four-year program offering clinical, research, mentorship, and leadership opportunities. All aspects of the AOC are student-led and faculty-facilitated. Offerings specific to the medical school include Geriatric Experience for Medical Students (MS1-2), AGS Noon Case Series (MS2), Geriatrics Clinical Elective (MS3-4), and Geriatrics Research (MS1-4). The Geriatrics AOC also co-sponsors Pitt Health Buddies, a collaboration between students at the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Rehabilitation Sciences to regularly check in by phone with older adults at risk of social isolation or loneliness. Finally, the Geriatrics AOC co-sponsors “Evening Institutes,” special aging-themed events designed and hosted by students at the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Rehabilitation Sciences. Read more about the Geriatrics Area of Concentration at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Students interested in learning more should email the AOC Director (Leslie Scheunemann, and the AOC Program Coordinator (Eileen Taylor,

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Division of Geriatric Medicine
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Kaufmann Medical Building, Suite 500
3471 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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