Geriatrics - Overview

The Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine in the Department of Medicine, is the base for all academic activities in Geriatrics and in Hospice/Palliative Medicine (HPM), including the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program and the HPM Fellowship Program. This program is based at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.

The mission of Geriatrics and Gerontology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is to improve the well-being of older Americans through teaching and research programs in aging, particularly in relation to health and health care. All teaching faculty are experts in clinical geriatrics and and include 14 certified geriatricians (IM or FP), 6 geriatric nurse practitioners, 3 neurologists, and 4 geriatric psychiatrists. Nine physicians are certified in HPM, two of whom are dual-certified in both geriatrics and HPM.

The Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research, located on the Brown University Campus, is one of 11 research centers of the Brown School of Public Health, and is the major research resource for fellows and faculty. The Center is strongest in health services research on aging and chronic disease, especially long-term care. Fifteen full-time research faculty and 13 staff are based in the Center. External funding exceeds $7 million annually. Nine PhD and 4 MD faculty are available to serve as research mentors to fellows and residents. The Geriatric Medicine and HPM Fellowships link Brown and the Division with multiple clinical sites and faculty preceptors, with the aim to generate new academic geriatricians for faculty positions nationwide. Family physicians as well as internists are encouraged to apply.

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