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Do all medical schools now require students to take courses in geriatrics and gerontology?

No. Although a number of medical schools require course work in geriatrics/gerontology, many still have only elective courses or no courses at all. Incentives in the form of materials support and grants have come to some medical schools to develop and institutionalize formal curricula from such organizations as the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Geriatrics Society, and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, as well as foundations such as the John Hartford Foundation. Top-ranked medical schools for geriatrics training include Harvard, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Mount Sinai (NY), UCLA, University of Washington, Michigan, Wake Forest, Pennsylvania, and Yale.




Linda Breytspraak, Center on Aging Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City






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