Medical Students

The John A. Burns School of Medicine has demonstrated that it considers geriatrics very important to medical student education, by inserting geriatrics content into the Problem-Based Learning curriculum of every year of the medical school. The capstone course is a 4-week required clerkship in Geriatric and Palliative Medicine for 4th year medical students which began in July 2005 and has successfully continued since.


The Wellness Initiative for Seniors in Hawaii (WISH) Community Health Program for First Year Medical Students was initiated in July 2011, with a mission to promote wellness among seniors by enhancing their quality of life through companionship, compassion, and support. WISH exposes first year medical students to the unique health and wellness needs of Hawaii’s elderly population through direct interactions with the residents at residential care homes for the elderly. Students are introduced to various aspects of geriatric medicine including in-patient hospital care, community healthcare, palliative care, and long-term residential care by engaging in one-on-one shadowing experiences with physicians, and regular interactions with interdsiciplinary team members. Students in the program implement several community events at local long-term care facilities throughout the year. This program was initially conceptualized by two medical students (who have since graduated), with guidance from Geriatric Medicine faculty. It is one of several community health options for first year medical students.


GERI 541 Geriatric and Palliative Care (V) This four-week clerkship provides medical students with an overview of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine in the outpatient, inpatient, home care, and/or nursing home settings. A variety of instructional methods will be utilized, including clinical experiences workshops.  In addition to a range of clinical settings and patient experiences, this clerkship also involves a range of interdisciplinary teachers such as nurses, social workers and chaplains. Teaching and learning across disciplines is a key component of both geriatric and palliative medicine. CR/NC only.

GERI 542 Geriatric Medicine Research (V) Medical students will have the opportunity to complete a research project in the field of epidemiology of aging, and present an abstract at a local meeting. Basic principles of epidemiology and statistics will be taught. Repeatable one time. CR/NC only. Pre: departmental approval.

GERI 545 Geriatric and Palliative Medicine Elective (V) This two- or four-week elective provides medical students with an overview of geriatric and palliative medicine in outpatient, inpatient, home care and nursing home settings. CR/NC only. Pre: departmental approval.

GERI 595 Medical Student Training in Aging Research Program (2) Introduces medical students to clinical, research, and academic experiences in geriatrics, under the mentorship of faculty members. MD majors only. CR/NC only. Pre: MDED 554 or consent. (Fall only)

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John A. Burns School of Medicine
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa