Physician Training

 Physician Training

Despite significant growth in the senior population, physicians with special geriatric training and certification make up only 1 percent of all physicians in the United States. This statistic illustrates the significance of Hebrew SeniorLife's commitment to training physicians in geriatrics.

Geriatric medicine is still a relatively new specialty and has, in large part, grown out of the experience of physicians who care for patients in long-term care settings. On March 18, 1966, four second-year students from Harvard Medical School arrived at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center to participate in the new Hebrew Rehabilitation Center - Harvard teaching program. This relationship with Harvard Medical School has endured and collaborations with many other academic institutions in the Greater Boston area have been established.

The experience of treating older patients in long-term care environments has taught the medical community that caring for seniors requires a special understanding of how the burden of illness, the burden of intervention, and the patient's goals for care all work together to help shape decisions about what, or what not, to do. Geriatric care demands patience, compassion and an exhaustive knowledge of multiple body systems. In addition, understanding care coordination and the role of family in decision making is imperative.

Faculty based at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center teach future physicians across the spectrum of medical education, beginning with Harvard Medical students in the Patient-Doctor II course and continuing with medical interns and residents from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and dental students and advanced trainees from Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine.

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