At the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, we make it our mission to advance health care and quality of life for older people and those with serious illnesses. Whether you are a medical student, fellow, or graduate student, we train you through integrated clinical care, academics, and research.
We believe it is important for everyone to learn about the issues involved with health care and quality of life for older people. We are one of a handful of medical schools that requires all medical school students to complete a month-long rotation in geriatric medicine. In addition to our three geriatric and palliative medicine fellowships, we also offer training to practicing physicians and other hospital staff members who aim to expand their knowledge of integrative care for the elderly.
Our research initiatives include the Geriatric Research, Educational and Clinical Center located at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center; the Older Americans Independence Center; the National Palliative Care Research Center; the Research Institute on Aging; and of course our own independently funded geriatric palliative care investigators.
The quality of our research and education are evident in our patient care. We work with patients and their primary care doctors to develop a continuity of care plan through the Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute. We see patients at the Martha Stewart Center for Living, which houses the Phyllis and Lee Coffey Geriatrics Associates, a primary care practice that specializes in caring for older adults.
As a student, you can participate in the Longitudinal Patient Care Experience, where you interact with community dwelling patients with chronic illness such as HIV and end-stage renal disease. Students partner with patients and the patients' health care teams throughout the first two years.
The Mount Sinai Health System has a long-standing commitment to both geriatrics and palliative care. The Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine was established in 1982, the first of its kind at an American medical school. Our roots in geriatric medicine extend even further back, to 1914, when one of our physicians, Ignatz L. Nascher, MD, coined the term “geriatrics.” Our commitment to palliative medicine is equally strong, and we incorporate geriatrics and palliative care into all parts of our medical education. We remain committed to those needing assistance with quality of life issues here in New York City and around the world.