Health Care


Members of the Department of Medicine supervise a wide variety of clinical and research trainees, including students from Harvard Medical School's Patient-Doctor II course in which they learn to take medical histories and perform examinations on older adults. In addition, nurse practitioner students rotate through the Recuperative Services Unit. Dental residents from the Boston University School of Dental Medicine and dental hygiene students from Mount Ida College also receive training at HRC.

Fellows from the Harvard Medical School Multi-Campus Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine spend block rotations providing care to HRC patients, with staff supervision, on the RSU and long-term care units. Fellows also participate in the HRC clinics, including podiatry, optometry, neuropsychology, surgery and memory. Department of Medicine physicians also meet one-on-one with fellows to provide didactic sessions in areas including infection control, advance directives and goals of care, wound management, cardiovascular issues, pain management, and medical ethics. HRC is also the home of the Harvard Geriatric Medicine Seminars on Aging, where current geriatric medicine fellows present researched medical topics.

Harvard Medical School Affiliation

In 2008, Hebrew SeniorLife was granted status as a formal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. By announcing a formal teaching affiliation with Harvard Medical School, HSL is leading the way in training the next generation of geriatricians, as well as physicians in other specialties, with a firm grounding in how to care for the special medical needs of older adults. The affiliation recognizes the contributions the Department of Medicine and HSL's Institute for Aging Research have made to the clinical and research missions of Harvard Medical School and one of its major teaching hospitals, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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