Geriatric training urged for medical schools

May 29, 2012

The Canadian Geriatric Society and the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly argues that the provision of geriatric training for undergraduate medical students should be a condition of accreditation of medical schools. Advocates asked the Committee on the Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools/Liaison Committee on Medical Education to add competencies to medical school curricula, but they have not been added to any licensing exams. Medical schools argue that their geriatric training is sufficient and that new requirements, such as the ability to conduct cognitive impairment assessments or understanding atypical presentations of illnesses in the elderly, are not necessary. CMAJ News