Gerontology Training & Education

Seniors need and deserve caregivers trained to meet their unique needs. The current health care system is already overwhelmed by the needs of an aging population, and the shortage of trained providers is expected to worsen. Hebrew SeniorLife is committed to narrowing that gap by teaching the next generation of geriatric care providers.

This academic spirit flows throughout Hebrew SeniorLife, inspiring innovation and demanding quality in all the work that we do. Our patients and residents benefit from being in an environment where experts are continuously advancing knowledge in the field of aging.

Hebrew SeniorLife is the only long-term care teaching hospital in the United States, and the only senior care organization affiliated with Harvard Medical School. About 90% of HSL’s medical staff is involved in teaching.

We train more than 700 students, interns, residents and fellows each year in multiple disciplines – including nursing, physical therapy, social work, pharmacy and more – to prepare them to be the clinicians, researchers, leaders and policymakers of tomorrow. Since 1966, we have trained more geriatric physician fellows than any single teaching program in the country.

Physician Training

Harvard Medical School Multi-Campus Geriatric FellowshipHebrew Rehabilitation Center educates geriatrics professionals
Hebrew SeniorLife is a partner and teaching site for the ACGME-accredited Harvard Medical School Multi-Campus Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine. The Fellowship program has attracted physicians who aspire to become leaders in geriatrics since 1978 – it’s one of the oldest programs in the country. Learn more.

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Clinical Training

Nursing and Allied Health ProfessionsHebrew Rehabilitation Center faculty teach future physicians
Students seeking careers in a wide variety of health care roles come to Hebrew SeniorLife to gain clinical experience in caring for older adults. When you train at Hebrew SeniorLife, you’ll learn to be part of a team treating multiple chronic diseases and syndromes associated with aging. You’ll also understand how social situations, psychological problems and personal finances impact treatment. Learn More.

Hebrew SeniorLife provides elder care, senior housing, and other services in the Greater Boston area to all without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, political persuasion, or qualified handicap.

HSL Partners

HSL Education Partners

Hebrew SeniorLife plays an important role in educating geriatrics professionals in a wide range of disciplines-from physicians, nurses and nurse assistants to recreation and physical therapists, social workers, and pastoral care providers. We have educational partnerships with some of the leading health-care and higher education institutions in the Boston area, including:

Harvard Medical School

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Brigham and Women's Hospital

University of Massachusetts Boston

Boston University


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