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The Center on Aging

Educational Activities/Opportunities


Our Division of Geriatric Medicine is medium in size (12 MDs, 1 MD/PhD, 3 PhDs, 2 NPs). We pride ourselves in taking a very personal mentoring approach for each fellow based on their personal career goals.

We emphasize a coordinated and high-quality educational experience for our fellows. Fellows do not have service obligations and thus never serve as a “warm body” to fill a required patient care position. We average 2-3 fellows per year.

We matriculate clinician-educators, clinical-investigators, and clinicians from our fellowship; many graduates stay at the University or within the Denver community.

On the Anschutz Medical Campus, fellows have access to several institutions, including: 1) the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Graduate Studies as well as College of Nursing 2) University of Colorado Hospital; 3) Children’s Hospital Colorado; 4) NIH-funded Cancer Center; 5) Lion’s Eye Center; and 6) the new location of the Denver VA Medical Center, currently under construction (expected occupancy late 2015).

In September 2014, our program within the Denver VA was selected to receive the first new Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) funded by the VA in over 15 years.

Fellows have several interdisciplinary opportunities for clinical and research training. We have close partnerships with very strong Divisions of General Internal Medicine (clinical and research interests in palliative medicine and medical education), Health Care Policy and Research (research interests in care transitions), and Department of Family Medicine (rural healthcare.)

We have had an institutional Center on Aging since 1994 that exists in the Vice Chancellor’s Office and includes faculty from all 6 schools on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Denver has a fabulous 4-season climate and is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. Denver has more sunny days than any other major city in the United States (>300 days/yr) and outstanding proximity to outdoor recreation (skiing, hiking, climbing, bicycling, running, rafting/kayaking). All major professional sports are represented (football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer and lacrosse). The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is a multi-venue facility supporting major traveling productions, theater, opera, dance and symphony.

Whom Do We Educate?

  • Health professionals from the University, Veterans Administration Medical Center, community affiliates and many private organizations in a bi-weekly Geriatric Grand Round series.
  • Students in five graduate health professional programs on the campus, through both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary training:
    • Medicine
    • Nursing
    • Dentistry
    • Pharmacy
  • University of Denver students in Social Work and Law Programs, through interdisciplinary educational activities.
  • CU campus groups, through Center on Aging faculty who present numerous interdisciplinary activities such as:
    • Training for non-primary care physician groups
    • Lectures in Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Physical Therapy.
  • Urban and rural outreach areas of the state, through discipline-specific and interdisciplinary geriatric continuing education, provided by Center on Aging faculty in cooperation with the Area Health Education Centers throughout the state.
  • National and international professional organizations, in geriatric seminars presented by Center on Aging faculty.

How and Where We Educate

The interdisciplinary faculty of the Center on Aging use a variety of teaching methods for the multitude of student/trainees. For example:

  • One-to-one discipline-specific and interdisciplinary encounters with students on clinical rotations:
    • Formal didactic lectures
    • Case discussions
    • Impromptu interdisciplinary team meetings.
  • Block rotations that include semester-long interdisciplinary didactic and community-based clinical experientials for:
    • Graduate level adult/geriatric and family nurse practitioner students
    • Graduate social work students
    • Doctor of pharmacy
    • Dental students
  • Month-long geriatric rotations for the general internal medicine and family medicine residents.
  • Multi-year longitudinal ambulatory care rotations for medical students in their primary care rotations.
  • Development of self-study educational materials.

The educational experiences include direct patient care in a variety of ambulatory settings:

  • The Senior's Clinic at University Hospital
  • Denver Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • Private not-for-profit, and for-profit geriatric clinics
  • Residential nursing homes
  • Total Long-term Care, a Colorado PACE replication site
  • Hospice
  • Home care.

In addition, students/trainees are involved in acute inpatient hospital settings and consultation services at:

  • University Hospital
  • VA
  • Geriatric Evaluation and Management Unit at the Denver VA.

The Colorado Geriatric Education Center, in conjunction with the Colorado AHEC system or other state and community agencies, has provided geriatric continuing education to over 6000 health professionals throughout the state.

Geropharmacy Continuing Education


  • Medicine resident geriatrics rotation
  • Medical student geriatrics elective
  • Geriatric fellowship
  • Pharmacy students
  • Dental students
  • Nurse practitioner students

Ongoing Educational Activities

  • Geriatric Grand Rounds: The Geriatric Grand Rounds are high quality presentations geared towards trainees in our teaching programs. They are attended by an average of 50-60 professionals from the campus and community. They are held on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursday mornings from September through May, 7:30 - 8:30 am, in the Board Room (room 7000), Anschutz Office Building, on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. The Anschutz Office Building is located at 12631 East 17th Ave. These presentations are accredited for continuing medical education credits (ACCME).
  • Geriatric Interdisciplinary Team in a Managed Care Setting