The Chief Resident Immersion Training Program in the Care of Older Adults (CRIT) program, developed at Boston University Medical Center (BUMC), provides case-based training in geriatrics principles to chief residents, who typically receive minimal exposure to geriatrics during their medical or surgical specialty residency training. For more information on the CRIT program, please click here.

This toolkit is designed to assist CRIT programs with fundraising, institutional adoption, and sustainability of their local CRIT programs, most of which have been launched with external grant support. The toolkit may also be useful for those interested in developing a CRIT program without external funding.

The ideas in this toolkit come from:

  • Surveys and discussions with CRIT site directors from programs that partnered with Boston Medical Center, the originator and model developer for CRIT, and with ADGAP. These programs include those supported in CRIT dissemination efforts funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.
  • A CRIT sustainability meeting supported by the Hartford Foundation, held in June 2010, attended by CRIT project faculty and staff, CRIT directors at institutions funded to offer CRIT, geriatrics academic program directors, and CRIT sponsors.
  • Recommendations from CRIT strategic program planning and communications consultants.

The CRIT program sustainability recommendations fell into two major categories:

  • Strategies for Fundraising – Strategies mentioned here come from nine years of CRIT experience at Boston Medical Center as well as interviews and surveys with CRIT dissemination-site principal investigators and administrators.
  • Strategies for Institutional Adoption – Strategies mentioned here come from the experiences at Boston Medical Center as well as interviews and surveys with CRIT principal investigators and administrators.

Each of the toolkit sections includes various tips and tools, with links to additional resources. Many of these resources are from other Hartford Foundation-sponsored programs including:

  • The Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative
  • The Hartford Centers of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Training



Help Us Enrich This Toolkit

The CRIT program faculty and staff welcome feedback and content to expand and enrich this toolkit.

To submit toolkit suggestions, or for additional information on CRIT, please contact:
Mary Jordan Samuel,
Senior Coordinator, Professional Education and Special Projects

For CRIT content and technical support , please contact:
Amy Alawad, MPH,
CRIT Project Manager
Boston Medical Center