Training Requirements

During geriatrics fellowship training, geriatricians learn about the many conditions that affect older adults. They study the impact of aging on the human body and mind, and they learn how to measure and monitor physical and mental function.

Working with the AGS and a host of other partners, ADGAP has been instrumental in developing standards and training requirements for advancing the practice of high-quality, person-centered care among geriatricians.

Geriatrics Curricular Milestones and Entrustable Professional Activities

The AGS, ADGAP, and a workgroup of geriatricians collaborated to develop curricular milestones (used to determine what skills every graduating geriatric fellow should be able to demonstrate when practicing effectively and safely in all care settings) and End-of-Training Entrustable Professional Activities (or EPAs, which describe the core work of a discipline’s specific expertise). Our work culminated in two research articles, available below:

Internal Medicine Subspecialty Training

Led by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM), the AGS and ADGAP worked collaboratively with other subspecialties on a common set of reporting milestones for internal medicine subspecialty training. These reporting milestones were accepted for family medicine fellowship training, as well—helping standardize the review of knowledge, skills, and other attributes fellows should master.

“Geriatricized” Subspecialty Reporting Milestones

Building the workforce we need as we age means empowering future clinicians to work independently caring for older people as their education develops.  To support this vision, the AGS, ADGAP, and a workgroup of geriatrics educators adopted the Internal Medicine Subspecialty Milestones to help program directors identify whether geriatrics fellows are ready for unsupervised practice in each subspecialty. These milestones are available in the Fellowship Assessment Toolkit, available to ADGAP Members.

Looking for more information about the full career journey of a geriatrician? Click here for more information from the American Geriatrics Society (AGS).