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Geriatric Medicine

John A. Burns School of Medicine
347 N. Kuakini Street- HPM-9
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96817
Tel: (808) 523-8461
Fax: (808) 528-1897


P. L. Blanchette, MD, MPH (Chair)—geriatric medicine
J. D. Curb,MD, MPH—clinical epidemiology
R. Gries, MD—geriatric medicine
K. H. Masaki, MD—geriatric medicine
L. Mee-Lee Nakamoto, MD—geriatric medicine
R. Murkofsky, MD—geriatric medicine
H. Petrovitch, MD—clinical epidemiology
C. Pierson, MSN, PhD—gerontological nursing, ethnomethodology
J. Pietsch, JD—law and ethics in geriatric medicine
O. Pishchalenko, MD—geriatric medicine
B. Rodriguez, MD, PhD—epidemiology
E. Somogyi-Zalud, MD—geriatric medicine
B. Tamura, MD—geriatric medicine
M. K. Tanabe, MD—geriatric medicine
L. A. Tom, MD—geriatric medicine
V. G. Valcour, MD—geriatric medicine

Degree Offered: MD

The Academic Program

Geriatric medicine is dedicated to the care of older people and to healthy aging throughout life, so that the frailties and disabilities common in older years can be prevented. To provide comprehensive care, geriatrics is often interdisciplinary, and clinical instruction takes place in a wide variety of settings, including outpatient, acute hospital, nursing home, retirement, home care and rehabilitation settings. The core of the curriculum includes aspects of internal medicine and pharmacology, palliative medicine, psychiatry, adult development, family medicine, neurology, urology, gynecology, and rehabilitation medicine.

The Department of Geriatric Medicine provides education for: medical students; residents in internal medicine, family medicine, general surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, ob-gyn and psychiatry; fellows in geriatric medicine and geriatric psychiatry; and practicing physicians. The fully accredited Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program is for physicians who are graduates of either internal medicine or family practice residency programs. The first year of fellowship training is designed to lead to eligibility for the certificate of added qualifications (CAQ) in geriatric medicine. Additional years of fellowship are devoted to research, consultative medicine, medical education, medical administration, and concurrent advance degrees.

The Department of Geriatric Medicine is involved in an extensive array of funded research programs, thus providing training and experience in research for students at all levels.

GERI Courses