The four-year medical school curriculum begins with an 18-month pre-clerkship phase during which the required curriculum delivered by HCOA faculty introduces students to the biology of normal aging, the pathophysiology underlying major geriatric clinical problems, and the behavioral, social and ethical issues associated with caring for older people.
Preclinical electives are also offered emphasizing comprehensive clinical care of older people and families.
During the 30 months of clinical training, a number of clinical clerkships, electives and selective are offered in specialized geriatric ambulatory and inpatient settings in medicine and psychiatry and in a community hospice. Research electives in geriatric medicine, psychiatry, physical medicine and health services also enable students to pursue mentored projects in aging research.
The following are tracks, workshops and other training programs available to medical students: