The Texas Geriatrics Interest Foundation is a joint organization of medical students interested in geriatrics and aging at Baylor College of Medicine and at The University of Texas Medical School, both of which are located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas.
TGIF is a student chapter affiliated with the American Geriatrics Society that helps current and future medical students learn more about geriatrics as a professional career choice and about the care of older people.
Topics addressed by TGIF include:
- Basic information on the field of geriatrics and its importance to the future of healthcare
- Interviews with leading geriatricians involved in different aspects of elder care
- Pathways to graduate training in geriatrics
- Resources available to students interested in research, clinical experiences, community service opportunities and scholarships to pursue further training in geriatrics
Annually, TGIF student officers organize the following activities with the help of faculty members and staff from the two medical schools:
- "Hot Topic" Lecture Series (typically eight per academic year, held at noon)
- Community service activities (typically 1-2 ongoing activities, e.g., "Food for Seniors Program" via the Houston Food Bank)
- Socials with geriatrics faculty and fellows (fall and spring)
- Shadow A Geriatrician Program (available throughout the year)
- AFAR/NIA Medical Student Training in Aging Research, a national competition