Research Training

The University offers a unique academic environment designed to cultivate and enrich the Fellow’s experience through clinical teaching and research. The common quest for medical excellence at the University ensures an environment that is exceptionally rigorous and enlightening.

The curriculum during a second year of fellowship program is oriented towards classes in quantitative analysis such as Epidemiology, Statistics, and Research Methodologies. Under the guidance of a geriatric advisor, the fellow will begin to develop a research project. Considerable resources at our institution are available to develop collaborative research between Geriatric Medicine and other health care fields.

These resources include:

  • Cancer Research Center
  • Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
  • Center for Health Administration and Policy Studies
  • Clinical Nutrition Research Unit
  • Committee on Clinical Pharmacology
  • Diabetes Research and Training Center
  • Harris School of Public Policy
  • School of Social Service Administration

Current clinical investigations include:

  • Dementia Research: Informed, Proxy and Advance Consent (DRIPAC) focuses on the ethics of decision making for research with dementia subjects.
  • Developing linguistics-based approaches to evaluating decision-making capacity in patients with dementia.
  • Diabetes in geriatric populations: special considerations.
  • Studying the addition of geriatrics assessment approaches to cancer care.
  • Change in elderly cognitive function due to adjuvant chemotherapy for cancer.
  • The role of anxiety in clinical decision-making by older adults.
  • Elder abuse and self-neglect.
  • Impact of hospitalists on the inpatient care of older adults.
  • Frailty prevalence and outcomes for frail patients in an urban, underserved area.
  • Best methods for training primary care providers in low-resource settings to care for older adult patients.