Category Archives: Training

Generation Geriatrician?

Felicity Jones is a final year medical student at King’s College London and current Junior Members Representative for the BGS: representing Junior Doctors and Medical Students on the Trainees Council. Reblogged from the British Geriatrics Society blogGG

Caring for an ageing population is a major challenge of our time. Across the world, societies are ageing, with wide-ranging impacts. Many overlook the huge contributions the over-65s make to our labour workforce, running the third sector, and as carers for friends and relatives. It’s easy for these contributions to be ignored in a narrative which at a societal level tends to focus the challenges of providing a comprehensive health and social care to an ever-increasing proportion of our society.

At only twenty-three, it’s unusual for me to be interested in these issues. Most of my fellow medical students struggle to comprehend what draws me to geriatrics. I tell them it’s because I’m interested in health systems, quality improvement and leadership, because I’m intrigued by the complexities of how to flourish in our society once you hit retirement age, because I care about each and every older person I meet and want to see them supported holistically… but most of all because I’m young.

Our generation will be caring for an unprecedented number of older people, and managing an ageing challenge on a scale that today’s consultant geriatricians, healthcare managers and government have never experienced. As we become consultants, we will inherit systems which are already failing to cope, and we will have to manage any chaos resulting from a continued failure to radically re-design policies. Therefore, as healthcare professionals of the future, do we not have a duty to not only learn about but also get involved in leading these developments?

‘But I don’t want to be a geriatrician, I want to be a neurologist, a dermatologist, or specialise in some medical specialty…’ I hear you cry. Do not kid yourself. Each and every one of us is going to be affected by this demographic shift, and we will all (ok, with the possible exception of paediatricians!) see increasing numbers of elderly patients, who are taking multiple drugs and have multiple comorbidities. Even you budding surgeons should sit up and take note – services such as POPS at St Thomas’ demonstrate we can expect increasing numbers of older patients to undergo surgery with successful outcomes if given the right support.  We all need to learn from the experience of existing geriatricians, and gain expertise in how to care for the complex elderly patient of today, who will become the commonplace patient tomorrow. As one of my friends at King’s said after our elderly care placement, ‘I just didn’t expect geriatrics to be so difficult – I thought it was just talking to people!’ He’s right that caring for this population is academically rigorous, but he is also right that communication skills are critical: working with the elderly means thinking holistically about social, psychological and spiritual circumstances. Therefore, what better place to gain the skills and expertise you are going to need whatever you choose to specialise in?

A Core Curriculum for Nursing Home Care

nursing_care_3d_coverJohn Morley, Professor of Geriatrics and Endocrinology at the St Louis University, Missouri, describes the work of the Taskkforce convened by the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) and the World Health Organisation, to develop a core curriculum for nursing home care.

The International Association for Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) has developed a core curriculum for nursing home care. Continue reading

EUGMS Website and EUGMS Blog

Dr Arturo Vilches-Moraga is a geriatrician based in Vigo in Northwest Spain. He serves on the Executive Board of the EUGMS and is the EUGMS Website Director.      

The EUGMS has three websites:blog_tree

  • Main EUGMS website:
  • This one, the EUGMS Blog
  • The EUGMS Congress website (which is controlled and run by the congress secretariat, as the forefront of Geriatric Medicine in Europe, receives on average over 9000 visits per month from Geriatricians across Europe, Asia, The Americas, Africa, Australia and Oceania.  We envisage our website as the place to visit when you want to find out what is happening in Geriatric Medicine in Europe but also as the communication platform for Geriatricians. Continue reading

Tomorrow’s Geriatricians…Coming to A Team Near You

Danielle Ní Chróinín is a Specialist Registrar in Geriatric Medicine and an enthusiastic educator. The degree to which geriatricians are involved in the community in Europe varies from country to country, but in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland community geriatrics is becoming an increasing element of the geriatrician’s work. (This article has been re-blogged from the British Geriatrics Society blog).


Would you be a geriatrician? It’s not a hard question for some of us to answer. Challenging, rewarding, dynamic; every day brings new stories, new lessons, new opportunities to share in the life of each older person who comes under your care. But for students on the path to becoming doctors, geriatric medicine may not be a preferred career choice. Yet these very students are potentially the colleagues we’ll have tomorrow. So who may want to be a geriatrician, and why? Continue reading

The first TNT Geriatric course in Israel

 June 27th-28th  2013

Alumni of the first TNT GER course in Israel

Alumni of the first TNT GER course in Israel

35 physicians practicing in the community as family practitioners or in home services for the elderly, as well as several internists and geriatricians practicing in general and geriatric hospitals, participated in two intensive days of the first TNTGER ( Total Nutrition Therapy- Geriatrics)  in Israel. Continue reading