Geriatric Medicine is that branch of medicine which is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and social aspects of illness in older people.
Subspecialty training in Geriatric Medicine is a two-year program following three years of core Internal Medicine training, and is approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Residents who successfully complete the program and Royal College examination will be awarded the Certificate of Special Competence in Geriatric Medicine.
Only candidates certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Internal Medicine are eligible for the Certificate of Special Competence in Geriatric Medicine. Residents who wish to take the specialty certification examination must first have their residency training assessed by the Royal College to ensure that the specialty specific training requirements have been met in a recognized program.
U.S.-trained residents who have completed some or all residency training in an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited training program must apply for an assessment of training by the Royal College to ensure that their training satisfactorily meets the Canadian specialty specific training requirements and that they are eligible to sit for the Royal College certification examinations for Internal Medicine. Further information is available from the Royal College website.