Geriatric Medicine training is actually a dual Certificate in Geriatric Medicine and General Internal Medicine. Most geriatricians are proud to embrace the wide range of illnesses that affect persons that happen to be elderly. They are equally happy to manage illnesses that occur because someone is more elderly. This may seem a strange thing to say but most geriatricians are clear that our specialty is not just general medicine for persons over a certain age but a specialty where we holisitically manage a person and their range of illnesses as well as having some conditions that are unique to our specialty.
Why train as a Geriatirician? The decision is always personal but many are attracted to the variety of ailments. Some are attracted by the clientele. Some by specific illnesses such as dementia and frailty. Some are attracted by the range of different careers geriatricians can take with their completion certificates.
Currently within our region we have Consultants who train in general geriatrics and have interests in Acute Geriatrics, Admission Avoidance Geriatrics, Care Home Medicine,Community Geriatrics, Continence,Falls and Syncope, Complex Heart Failure, Movement Disorders (Parkinsons), Oncogeriatrics, Rehabilitation, Psychogeriatrics, Stroke, Orthogeriatrics, Management, Teaching and Perioperative Medicine Geriatricians.
One key finding in studies is the benefits of a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment by a Geriatrician or Geriatrician in training to improve the life and health of persons with multiple health problems so our holistic approach is evidence based!
Recent initiatives to improve the health of our ageing population means there is plenty of work to be done and many hospitals are employing more Geriatricians so our specialty is future proofed
Training Programme Management Commitee (TPMC) Chair
Training Programme Directors (TPDs)
Dr Cianán O’Sullivan – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Catherine Harvey – email@example.com
Unit Programme Directors (UPDs)
Dr Nadeem Aftab (Colchester Hospital) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Deblina Dasgupta (Homerton Hospital) – email@example.com
Dr Keren Davies (Royal London Hospital) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Sam Qureshi (Barnet Hospital) – email@example.com
Dr Simon Green (Whipps Cross Hospital) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Catherine Harvey (UCLH) – email@example.com
Dr Luke Hounsom (Basildon Hospital) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Ahmed Ishaque (Broomfield Hospital) – email@example.com
Dr Kris Warren (Newham Hospital) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Gurcharan Rai (Whittington Hospital) – email@example.com
Dr Nick Rollitt (North Middlesex Hospital) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Melanie Romain (Royal Free Hospital) – email@example.com
Dr Abdul Malik (Lister Hospital) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Donna Walker (BHR) – email@example.com
Training at UCLPartners (A trainee representatives perspective)
Geriatric Medicine is an exciting and rapidly growing speciality. Disease in old age is challenging, combining multiple co-morbidities with illness presenting in unusual ways, complex social, ethical, palliative care and communication skills. However, in doing so, it also makes it a fascinating and rewarding specialty to learn, train and work in.
The Geriatric Medicine training is for a total of five years (combined with Internal Medicine). There is a range of subspecialty experience, including, orthogeriatrics/surgical liaison, memory services, movement disorders, continence and stroke. For those wishing to gain further experience in stroke medicine, there are opportunities to apply for an out of programme experience year. Trainees are currently provided with details for the full five years, at the start of their programme.
Being part of UCLPartners, allows access to the wider academic health science partnership. Additional educational opportunities are available, with training days held across the region. Geriatric Medicine specific simulation days are also held (orthogeriatrics and palliative care)
Exciting initiatives and projects are continuously taking place across the sector to improve care for older people both in hospitals, and in the community. UCLP offers a fantastic prospect to train in one of the most interesting and dynamic regions in the country
UCLPartners Training Programmes Manager (TPM)
Health Education England (HEE) Operations Officer
Rotations & Local Education Providers (LEPs)
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (Royal Free & Barnet Hospital sites)
Barts Health NHS Trust (Royal London, Newham General, & Whipps Cross University Hospital sites)
Barking, Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (King George & Queen’s Hospital sites)
Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust (Broomfield Hospital site)
East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust (Lister & Queen Elizabeth II Hospital sites)
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