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Education Opportunities for Students at Hebrew SeniorLife

Learn from clinical leaders at Boston’s only academic medical center focused on seniors.

Building the Geriatric Workforce of Tomorrow

The number of seniors in the U.S. is growing dramatically; at the same time, fewer physicians are entering the field of geriatrics. There’s no shortage of jobs for health care professionals experienced in working with older adults – and as Baby Boomers age, the demand will only grow.

Seniors need and deserve caregivers trained to address their unique concerns.

At Hebrew SeniorLife, we provide expert geriatric education to tomorrow’s doctors, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, and other health professionals. Our intent is that wherever an older adult seeks care – whether it’s within the Hebrew SeniorLife system or not – they receive high-quality care from appropriately trained providers.

Harvard Medical School Seal of Approval

The only senior care organization affiliated with Harvard Medical School, we train more than 500 students, residents, and fellows each year. Over the past 50 years, we have trained more geriatric fellows than any other teaching program in the U.S. If you train at Hebrew SeniorLife, you’ll work within multidisciplinary teams of experts – about 90 percent of Hebrew SeniorLife medical staff are involved in teaching.

Hebrew SeniorLife alumni have gone on to leadership positions at Boston teaching hospitals and health care organizations around the country.

The Best Care in an Academic Setting

Curiosity and innovation flows through everything we do at Hebrew SeniorLife. Our patients and residents benefit from access to the latest advances in senior care. At the same time, future doctors, nurses, therapists, and other health professionals learn directly from the life experiences of the older adults in Hebrew SeniorLife’s communities.

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Our Harvard Medical School Affiliation

When you train at Hebrew SeniorLife, you benefit from our affiliation with one of the richest biomedical research collectives in the world. Many of our doctors and researchers are also Harvard Medical School faculty.

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Tomorrow’s Top Doctors

Medical students, interns, residents, and fellows learn from our Harvard Medical School-affiliated doctors who specialize in areas including geriatrics, internal medicine, psychiatry, and palliative care.

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Excellence in Nursing

At Hebrew SeniorLife, future RNs, LPNs, and CNAs gain critical skills in post-acute, skilled nursing, and long-term chronic care settings.

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Training for the Entire Care Team

At Hebrew SeniorLife, you have the opportunity to be part of an integrated care team that includes specialists like rehab therapists, pharmacists, and social workers.

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Fully Accredited Internship in Dietetics

If you’re preparing for a career as a Registered Dietitian, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center offers the only accredited internship program in New England that focuses on geriatrics in a long-term care type setting.

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One-of-a-Kind Chaplaincy Training

Hebrew SeniorLife is home to the only Jewish geriatric chaplaincy training program in the country accredited by ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education.

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Influence Care through Research

Hebrew SeniorLife is home to the Harvard Medical School-affiliated Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, where top researchers in the fields of geriatrics and gerontology will mentor you.

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external learners hosted by Hebrew SeniorLife each year


clinical educators across the Hebrew SeniorLife system


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affiliated training partners across New England

What People are saying about Hebrew SeniorLife

  • "The training at Hebrew SeniorLife is one of the best highlights of my educational journey. I learned how to provide high-value care to the most vulnerable population and manage complex disease processes in a patient-oriented, culturally sensitive manner."

    Eddy Ang, M.D., MPH

    Medical Director, Blue Shield of California

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