Why train in Geriatric Medicine?
Geriatric medicine is the branch of internal medicine dealing with the medical management and care of older people. Geriatric medicine has become a major branch of medicine, because of the demographic shifts leading to increasing numbers of older people, associated with an increased prevalence of chronic illness. The world population of older people has been growing at the rate of 2.8% per year. All medical practitioners are finding that an increasing proportion of their patients are older and look to geriatricians for expert advice and opinion.
In Australia, and world wide, there are increasing numbers of specialist positions in geriatric medicine. At present we have 221 advanced trainees in geriatric medicine and at the end of their training, jobs will be waiting for them!
Geriatric medicine is very satisfying and rewarding. It combines intellectual challenge, good medicine and team work. It brings together acute and chronic care as well as hospital and ambulatory medicine. Rehabilitation is also a major focus. Opportunities for research and teaching are considerable.
So if you are looking for a rewarding career with job satisfaction and opportunities for the future, geriatric medicine is your sub-specialty.
ANZSGM Poster Why Geriatric Medicine?
Advanced Training is provided by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
Geriatric Medicine - Advanced Training Curriculum: this Curriculum outlines the broad concepts, related learning objectives and the associated theoretical knowledge, skills and attitudes required, and commonly utilised by geriatric medicine physicians within Australia and New Zealand.
Professional Qualities Curriculum - this Curriculum outlines the range of concepts and specific learning objectives required by, and utilised by, all Physicians, regardless of their specialty or area of expertise. It spans both the Basic and Advanced Training Programmes and is also utilised as a key component of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program.
Geriatric Medicine Training Requirements - PREP Advanced Trainees:
PREP Advanced Trainees are classified as those who commenced Advanced Training in Geriatric Medicine in 2011 or later.
Trainees should refer to the 2016 PREP Program Requirement Handbook
Advanced Trainees should refer to the PREP Program Requirement Handbook for Geriatric Medicine http://handbooks.racp.edu.au/#/geriatric-medicine/2015/summary/0 for their research project requirements (7/1/2016)
Revision of Project Guidelines in 2017
The project requirement for all RACP specialty training programs will change in 2017
Only one project will be required, even for dual trainees entering the program from 2017
- The new rules will not apply to Trainees who commenced prior to 2017 who will remain on the current rule
- The RACP College Education Committee in consultation with Speciality Society Training committees has approved a set of streamlined research project requirements for inclusion in all Advanced, Chapter and Faculty training programs. These are detailed at the RACP webpage: http://www.racp.edu.au/trainees/education-policies-and-governance/revision-of-racp-research-project-requirements
There are currently 46 sites in Australia where
advanced training in geriatric medicine is carried out. Descriptions of
the advanced training programs available at a number of these sites can
be accessed by clicking on the map below.
If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Training sites must apply to the RACP to have their site accredited. Further information can be found at the RACP Getting a training site accredited web page.
Sites requesting an increase of existing Advanced Trainee numbers, or sites requiring reassessment after five years of accreditation:
- Site reviews the Geriatric Medicine Site Accreditation Criteria
- Site completes the RACP Geriatric Medicine Site Accreditation Survey
- Site emails the completed survey to the Geriatric Medicine Education Officer: Geriatrics@racp.edu.au
- Based on the information contained in the survey, conditional accreditation may be granted until a site visit can be performed.
- Two members of the ATC organise to visit the site. Their report and recommendations are forwarded for consideration by the ATC.
- The ATC determine the site's accreditation status based on the report and recommendations.
- Accreditation is reviewed at five year intervals.
Reports can be viewed in the Members only section under the Trainees