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Geriatrics Projects

Distinguished Professor of Geriatrics

Each year since 2004, SGIM has sponsored a Distinguished Professor of Geriatrics Program at its annual meeting. Invited professors are General Internists and/or Geriatricians with nationally recognized expertise in education, research, and/or clinical care related to the care of older adults. The DPG program facilitates career development of SGIM members in academic fields directly related to older patients in terms of education, research, and clinical practice. For the list of past DPGs, see column to right.

Geriatrics Curriculum Project

Beginning in late 2007, a group of leaders in geriatrics and/or education, including members of the SGIM Geriatrics Task Force, began a project to specify competencies in geriatrics for all Internal Medicine and Family Medicine residents. Competencies were envisioned as few in number, feasible to implement, and measurable. Through a development process that involves input from content experts, program directors and non-geriatrician educators, and multiple stakeholder organizations, the goal is to achieve consensus on a minimum set of competencies in the care of older adults essential for all primary care and subspecialty physicians in the early decades of the 21st century. The final set of competencies is expected by the end of 2009.

Project leadership includes Brent Williams, MD, MPH (SGIM, University of Michigan), Rosanne Leipzig, MD (Mt. Sinai School of Medicine), Gregg Warshaw, MD (University of Cincinnati; Professor of Family Medicine), Karen Sauvigné (Mount Sinai School of Medicine), Annette Medina-Walpole, MD (University of Rochester; AGS Education Committee), Anne Fabiny, MD (SGIM; Chair, Division Geriatrics, Cambridge Hospital, Boston), Nancy Lundjeberg (American Geriatrics Association), and Joanne Schwartzberg (American Medical Association).

The project is supported by grants from SGIM, the American Geriatrics Society, the American Medical Association, the American Board of Family Medicine, and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. 

Assessment Project

This project is designed to provide a web-based, best-evidence toolbox for the assessment of Geriatric Medicine Competencies at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This on-line assessment tool-box will be designed to complement both the newly articulated geriatric medicine competencies for undergraduate medical education, as well as the geriatric competencies being formulated for graduate medical education. It will be hosted through POGOe and those designated as contributors and editors will be able to cite this work. The Geriatrics Task Force of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM-GTF) and The Reynolds Trans-Institutional Evaluation Group (R-TIEG) are working jointly on this project.

If you would like more information about the Geriatrics Task Force projects, please contact Erika Baker

2022 Distinguished Professor of Geriatrics 

Eliseo Perez-Stable, MD

Distinguished Professor of Geriatrics Awards 

Past Distinguished Professors

  • 2021 Mara Schonberg, MD
  • 2019 Peter Boiling, MD
  • 2018 Christopher M. Callahan, MD
  • 2017 Richard Hodes, MD
  • 2016 Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD 
  • 2015 Gail Sullivan, MD, MPH 
  • 2014 Catherine Sarkisian, MD, MSPH
  • 2013 Jean Kutner, MD, MSPH
  • 2012 Roseanne Leipzig, MD
  • 2011 C. Seth Landefeld, MD
  • 2010 Marie A. Bernard, MD
  • 2009 Albert L. Siu, MD, MPH
  • 2008 Neil M. Resnick, MD
  • 2007 Mary Tinetti, MD
  • 2006 David Reuben, MD
  • 2005 Christine Cassel, MD
  • 2004 Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH