Department of Geriatrics

What is 'geriatrics': the medical specialty dedicated to helping older adults do what they wish to do for as long as they wish to do so.

What is our mission: lead the nation in preparing physicians, in all medical disciplines, to provide exemplary care to older adults.

The number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to more than double from 46 million today to over 98 million by 2060, and the 65-and-older age group’s share of the total population will rise to nearly 24 percent from 15 percent (Aging in the United States, Population Bulletin, Vol 70, No 2, Population Reference Bureau). This is why the Florida State University College of Medicine strives to instill the principles of geriatric medicine in all of its students. Being the first medical school in history to begin with a legislative mandate to teach geriatrics, the FSU College of Medicine is one of few medical schools that dedicate an entire department to geriatrics, integrate geriatrics throughout it's four-year curriculum, and require students to complete a full rotation in geriatrics. 

"When I applied to the FSU College of Medicine, I was really interested in geriatrics...Once our training began, I was excited to see a rotation in our fourth year dedicated to caring for geriatric patients. That training was also skillfully integrated into our doctoring courses throughout medical school. I am blessed to be able to use those skills daily in my current job as a hospitalist. On average, 75% of my patient load is 65 years of age and older. Hats off to the FSU College of Medicine for making geriatrics a priority in medical education!"

-Lorna Stewart, MD 2005, hospitalist, Orlando Health