Medical Students

Integrating Geriatrics into Medical Student Training

We expect Emory medical students to be prepared to meet the unprecedented growth of the older population.  Geriatrics is integrated into the medical student curriculum at many levels throughout their education at Emory.

Phase 1Foundations of Medicine, "Aging week
This is the culmination of the Healthy Human portion of the Curriculum.  This week spans cellular aging through the impact of demographic changes on society. Topics range from the basic science of aging, through basic clinical skills, psychosocial aspects of aging, societal impact of aging, and the dying process.

As with all of our education programs the Basic in Geriatrics (BIG) 10 Principles  (The 10 principles that differentiate the care of older patients from other patient populations) serve as the philosophical core of our curriculum.

During the Human Disease modules of this phase medical students are exposed to many aspects of aging and pathology throughout the year as part of the many modules they will experience that cover the range of human disease.

Phase 2, Applications of Medical Sciences
Medical students learn about important aspects of caring for hospitalized older patients during their internal medicine rotation with a special emphasis on delirium and falls. They may also elect to participate in clinical training activates as part of their ambulatory block.

Phase 3Discovery
Students can work closely with faculty on mentored research projects and/or community programs that impact older adults.
Phase 4, Translation of Medical Sciences
Students complete an educational module during their Internal Medicine subinternship focused on effective transitions of care between the hospital and outpatient setting. During this module, they learn skills such as the preparation of excellent discharge summaries.

Research Opportunities

Faculty from the Emory Section Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology provide opportunities to participate in research as part of an Emory School of Medicine Discovery Project and throughout Emory University medical school.  We also provide assistance to medical students interested in submitting MSTAR research applications. All students who receive MSTAR funding participate in an eight to ten-week clinical and research training program in Geriatric Medicine.

For more information contact Dr. Camille Vaughan.

Elective Rotations

We welcome inquiries regarding elective rotations. Visit the Emory School of Medicine's Office of Medical Education and Student Affairs (OMESA) website for elective rotations. 

Apply via AAMC.

You will be directed to Kathleen Brennan in the OMESA office. Emory accepts international students (Note - there are application and tuition fees required).

General Information

Emory University School of Medicine uses VSAS, the Visiting Student Application Service, to receive visiting student applications. Students in US based MD programs may submit applications through VSAS for enrollment in clinical electives.  Any application materials received outside of VSAS will not be considered for enrollment.

Medical Students can join the American Geriatrics Society for FREE!