Education & Training


Duke's research and teaching programs in geriatrics are among the nation's oldest. The Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, which encompasses the GET Clinic, was one of five centers for geriatric research established by the Surgeon General of the United States in 1955. It is the only continuously funded member of the original group. The Leadership in Aging Program offers training and internships for both students and citizens who want to know more about key issue in the territory of aging.

Geriatrics Professional Training The Center participates in Geriatrics Training at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate level for a broad variety of health care professions including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, social work, and psychology.

1. Geriatrics Medicine Fellowship Program
The Physician Fellowship Program in Geriatric Medicine at Duke University Medical Center has a long, proud tradition of excellence in clinical care, teaching, and research. We believe the experiences and mentoring provided in the course of the fellowship help trainees identify career goals and take the first crucial steps toward achieving them.

2. Geriatric Dentistry Fellowship Program
Through a two year Geriatric Dentistry Fellowship, fellows acquire skills in the management of medically complex elderly and receive training in teaching, evidence-based practice and clinical research. Clinical experiences available at Durham VA Medical Center include multi-disciplinary rounds, conferences, and an off-site outpatient rotation. In the second year, fellows can earn an MPH through UNC.

3.The Postdoctoral Research Training Program
The Postdoctoral Research Training Program is a 2-year program for PhDs and MDs and combines research in the trainee's field of interest with multidisciplinary training in gerontology. Each trainee is matched with one of the center's senior researchers, who supervises his or her research and provides a career model. Didactic training is based on a series of readings and group seminars. Trainees routinely go on to excellent positions in aging research, including research posts at the National Institute on Aging. Click here to learn more.

4. Undergraduate Program in Human Development
The Undergraduate Certificate in Human Development was one of the early interdisciplinary certificates that has remained relevant to students interested in a wide variety of majors and careers: medicine, law, business, sociology, psychology, biology to name a few. The goal of this certificate program is to present a biopsychosocial perspective on the processes of growth and development across the entire life course. The certificate includes the opportunity for one-on-one mentoring in human development research (based either in Trinity College or Duke Medical Center) as well as a Capstone Senior Seminar that centers around a group research project on a self-selected topic. Please click here to access additional information about the Human Development Certificate.

5. Geriatric Education Center
The HRSA-funded Duke GEC strives to improve the quality of care of older adults by providing inter-professional learners with resources and experiences to enhance their ability to prevent, recognize and manage acute and chronic cognitive impairment. Follow the link to learn more about featured activities and resources.

6. Reynolds Faculty Mini-Fellowship Development Program
The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation supports Duke’s mini-fellowship program through its Consortium for Faculty Development to Advance Geriatric Education (FD~AGE). The program offers one-week mini-fellowships to cover topics and trends in medical education on the care of older adults. Focused on faculty development, the programs are aimed at expanding the curriculum design and clinical teachings skills of clinician educators. The mini-fellowships provide participants with the knowledge, skills and resources necessary to improve geriatrics education and positively impact patient care.