KEEPING SENIORS HEALTHY: JABSOM Geriatrics Department has nation’s 4th largest Fellowship Program

The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) is proud to be a John A. Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence in Geriatrics. In this video, department chair Kamal Masaki, MD, tells us a bit about the department.

Our fully accredited and nationally ranked Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program is one of the four largest fellowship programs in the country. As of December 2013, 156 geriatricians had graduated from the program with some 90% of the geriatricians currently practicing in Hawai`i having trained at JABSOM.

Hawai`i is an aging state with the longest life expectancy in the nation. The department provides education for medical students, residents in internal medicine, family practice, OB-GYN and psychiatry, fellows in geriatric medicine and geriatric psychiatry, and practicing physicians. Across the country, it is estimated that the United States currently needs 30,000 geriatric specialists, but only has under 7,000 of them.

Geriatric medicine is dedicated to the care of older people and to healthy aging throughout life, so that the frailties and disabilities common in older years can be prevented. To provide comprehensive care, geriatrics is often interdisciplinary, and clinical instruction takes place in a wide variety of settings, including outpatient, acute hospital, nursing home, retirement, home care and rehabilitation settings. As an aged-based specialty like Pediatric Medicine, Geriatric Medicine includes aspects of internal medicine, pharmacology, psychiatry, adult development, family medicine, neurology, urology, gynecology, and rehabilitation medicine. We believe care for our kūpuna, or seniors, is so important that all our JABSOM MD students are required to take a course in the specialty of Geriatric Medicine.

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