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Medical Student Education

Indiana University School of Medicine is committed to providing the highest quality training in geriatrics. Geriatrics education here begins in year one and, by the end of the undergraduate medical education experience, medical students are prepared to care for older adults regardless of selected specialty or subspecialty.

Required Courses

Required courses in geriatrics for medical students at IU School of Medicine include Foundations of Clinical Practice I and Foundations of Clinical Practice II.

Third-Year Clinical Sessions

The clinical sessions for third-year medical students focus on key geriatrics issues, including dementia, depression, falls and medication management. Sessions occur in primary care geriatrics outpatient settings with interprofessional teams. Elective courses for third-year medical students include MS3 Geriatrics Workshop and MS3 Clinical Sessions.

Fourth-Year Geriatrics Electives

During fourth-year geriatrics electives, MD students rotate across the continuum of care with geriatricians to provide care to older adults at the school’s Indianapolis campus.

Course Training Location
Acute Care for Elders (Inpatient Consultative Service) Eskenazi Hospital, IU Health Methodist, and VA
Outpatient Consultative Settings IU Health Methodist
Outpatient Primary Care Settings Eskenazi Hospital and VA
Subacute Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care Indianapolis Extended-Care Facilities
House Calls for Seniors Eskenazi Hospital


Geriatrics Student Interest Group

IU School of Medicine offers a Geriatrics Student Interest Group (GSIG) that provides medical students at all levels opportunities to learn about the care of older adults regardless of career path or specialty or subspecialty interests. For students who are interested in pursuing a career in geriatric medicine, involvement in GSIG provides early experience to the field and health care providers. GSIG is supported in part by the American Geriatrics Society.