Department of Medicine



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Health Science Campus
Ruppert Health Center
Room # 0012
Phone: 419.383.3685
Fax: 419.383.6244


Medical Students

As part of primary care education, medical students are provided with a core foundation in geriatric medicine. Beginning in year one, students are introduced to the concepts of aging. Geriatric content is integrated throughout the basic and behavioral sciences in year two. The Office provides a 20 hour required course focused on clinical geriatrics to second year medical students in addition to what is integrated in other courses.

As part of a required ambulatory clerkship, selected third year students are assigned to work in the Geriatric Center and are precepted by one of the two geriatricians. A four week geriatric elective is also offered to interested students.

 Experiences include:

  • Outpatient primary care clinics
  • Nursing home rounds
  • Didactic sessions with faculty on topics in Geriatrics
  • Community experience with Visiting Nurse Service
  • Journal Club
  • Set curriculum with references

Resident Education

A core curriculum focuses on important topics in clinical geriatrics such as normal aging, dementia, falls and mobility problems, incontinence, common musculoskeletal problems, and problems that come up in the day-to-day management of geriatric patients. This curriculum is supplemented with discussion sessions one to two times a week with a member of the Office of Geriatric Medicine staff. The resident participates in a weekly multidisciplinary team conference held to organize and coordinate patient care. To round off the experience, the resident will visit a selection of community based agencies to gain an understanding of the health care services needed and provided for older adults.

Residents from other specialty programs can also elect this rotation if space is available. Experiences are as those listed above.

For more information phone: (419) 383-5605


The Consortium of Ohio Geriatric Academic Programs (COGAP) was developed by the seven state supported medical schools to provide a network of resources in geriatric medical education. Working collaboratively, the latest in geriatric education and research is disseminated to other physicians throughout Ohio via programs designed to promote professional growth and initiative.

One of the strengths of COGAP is the collaborative nature of many of its activities. During the last biennium, in addition to providing geriatric medical education to regional students and physicians, members of COGAP worked on two major statewide initiatives. These include the annual geriatrics faculty development workshop and the annual statewide geriatric medicine conference at Salt Fork State Park.

COGAP members have established four common goals and core objectives essential to their mission of providing geriatric medical education to students. Each office incorporates its own strengths into their approach of these goals. The current goals and core objectives of COGAP are as follows.

COGAP Goals and Objectives

Goal I. Undergraduate Medical Education

Objective 1
. Develop undergraduate curricular content whereby all Ohio medical students acquire a foundation in geriatric medicine.

Objective 2. Provide medical students with learning opportunities in the full spectrum of environments where geriatric care is provided with an emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches.

Objective 3. Expose medical students to faculty role models who emphasize geriatric medicine philosophies and provide career guidance.

Goal II. Postgraduate Medical Education

Objective 1. Serve as a resource to enhance residency curricular content.

Objective 2. Assist appropriate residency programs to develop educational experiences in geriatric clinical teaching sites that reflect the range of settings.

Objective 3. Share curricular materials and teaching strategies throughout the state.

Goal III. Knowledge Base Enhancement

Objective 1. Continuing Education for physicians and other health care professionals.

Objective 2. Assist geriatric focused faculty to stay abreast of new knowledge through educational endeavors and research.

Goals IV. Outreach and Consultation

Objective 1. Work collaboratively with COGAP.

Objective 2. Function collaboratively within COGAP to serve as a resource to other state supported medical education programs such as AHEC and family medicine.


Last Updated: 6/9/16