SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Department of Medicine

Internal Medicine Student Interest Group

Geriatrics

Geriatrics is a subspecialty of medicine that focuses on health care of the elderly. It aims to promote health and to prevent and treat disease and disabilities in older adults. Geriatricians are physicians specializing in the often complex care of older adults. After completion of an internal medicine residency, physicians wishing to specialize in geriatrics can complete a one to two year fellowship in geriatrics, leading to board eligibility in geriatric medicine. This is a rapidly growing field that allows many practice options including focusing on inpatient / hospital care, outpatient / primary care, rehabilitation / long term care, and even many opportunities for research and medical education.

The IU CENTER FOR AGING RESEARCH (IU-CAR), the research arm of IU GERIATRICS, offers a Summer Research Program for medical students who attend the IU School of Medicine. The purpose of the program is to engage Indiana University medical students in personally rewarding experiences in aging research and to foster geriatric-friendly clinicians and researchers through close relationships with successful role models and enthusiastic peers. Interested students can obtain further information through the link here.

The Geriatrics Student Interest Group (GSIG) is offered to medical students at all levels of training, and sponsors activities throughout the academic year geared toward educating those with an interest in geriatric medicine and also to address the needs of elders in our local community. For additional information regarding joining GSIG or participating in the summer research program, please contact Dr. Ella Bowman, the GSIG faculty liaison, at ebowman@iu.edu

AMSA Geriatrics Specialty Forum