The Geriatrics Section offers an accredited one-year Fellowship in Geriatric MedicineApplications are accepted only through the  "Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).

Section of Geriatrics,
General Internal Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
Phone: (505) 272-2147
Fax: (505) 272-4601

Geriatric Medicine Education

Geriatric Medicine Ambulatory Clerkship

Home visits

Home Visits

This is an elective rotation within the required Phase III Ambulatory Clerkship. It is designed to provide students with an advanced ambulatory rotation focused on the UNM Core Competencies: medical knowledge, patient care, communication skills, ethics and professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based care. The Geriatric Medicine Ambulatory Clerkship will give students an opportunity to work as part of an interprofessional team to provide comprehensive care to elderly patients and families in multiple settings. This clerkship will emphasize the continued management of the elderly patients and the complex medical, social, and ethical issues indeed arise in this type of care.

In the 4th Yr. Geriatric Elective (one month) students participate in a multidisciplinary approach to comprehensive geriatric assessment with a team of health care professionals (physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, pharmacists, physical therapists, etc.) Team members together evaluate and manage multiple complex medical, functional, psychosocial and caregiver problems faced by the rapidly expanding population of frail, elderly patients.

Students complete geriatric assessments in geriatric evaluation clinics at the Senior Health Center and participate in the care of patients in the nursing home setting. Students accompany an attending physician on home visits to care for fragile homebound elderly patients. Students have an opportunity to attend subspecialty clinics in palliative care memory disorder, geriatric neurology, and neuropsychology evaluation clinic. The student attends weekly Geriatric Interest rounds, with presentations by residents, fellows and attending physicians.

Senior Mentor Program

"Through the Senior Mentor Program, I don't know if I
learned more about senior health care
or more about myself." - Student

"I've found a new dimension of myself;
I've become a voice for change in the medical profession.
I am an advocate for the elderly." - Mentor

UNM Senior Mentor Program

The voluntary Senior Mentor Program at the University of New Mexico pairs first-year medical, PA, OT and PT students with active adults 70 and older, providing an opportunity for future health care providers to learn more about communicating with older adults and about the health issues that are of concern to them. It also allows the students to interact with seniors on a social level and to dispel stereotypes about aging.

The students and their Senior Mentors meet three times between October and May to develop a social relationship and discuss assigned health-related topics. The meetings take place in the mentors’ homes or other mutually agreed-upon locations, and normally last 1-2 hours each. The total time commitment per academic year is about 15 hours.

Program Schedule

The First Year

Students and their mentors are paired based on mutual interests or backgrounds when possible. The pairs are introduced to each other at a group event in September, then meet on their own at least three times during the academic year.

Lloryn Swan

Lloryn Swan

Program Coordinator
(505) 272-4837

Assigned discussion topics for the first year focus on getting to know more about the mentor's life, his or her views on health care, and how he or she stays active. Pairs are free to discuss other items of mutual interest and to participate in or attend events together if busy schedules permit.

There are also several group events during the academic year to which the students, the mentors and mentors' spouses or partners are invited.

UNM Center on Aging Provides Geriatric Education to Health Professionals

The UNM Center on Aging and the UNM Section of Geriatrics have created an educational infrastructure that is penetrating all levels of medical education and it is using existing networks to provide geriatric education to physicians and practices statewide.

History of Center

With the establishment of the University of New Mexico Center on Aging in 1988, the University recognized the need to strengthen geriatrics and gerontology in New Mexico. The Center, directed by Dr. Carla Herman, provides an infrastructure for geriatric/gerontology activities within the University. The interdepartmental faculty and staff use the Center for implementing interprofessional geriatric educational programs. The Center on Aging is a convenient location off-campus, which provides easy access to our collaborative partners in Albuquerque.

Geriatric Interprofessional Course Spring 2017

This elective is designed to provide the necessary tools for health professionals to successfully assess and care for the older adult as a team member. During this course students will learn from each other about the roles and responsibilities of different team members; explore community support services and health literacy issues; and facilitate patient-centered and team-oriented care. Teaching and learning methods include: interprofessional case-based discussion, the use of team simulation, and development and presentation of team care plans for geriatric patients who experience a variety of important health conditions. This is a 4-day course held over two weekends.

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