Geriatrics as a Profession

As we age, our needs and expectations change—and our health care should follow suit. Geriatrics is the healthcare specialty dedicated exclusively to providing high-quality, person-centered care for older adults.

Geriatrics healthcare professionals include doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, social workers, and many others with unique skills for evaluating and managing health and care for older men and women.

Learn more here about what geriatrics is, why it’s important, and where your career path might take you in this growing healthcare specialty.

Spotlight on...Academic Geriatrics

Geriatrics thrives on collaboration between dynamic health professionals, including specially trained physicians known as geriatricians. The Association of Directors of Geriatrics Academic Programs (ADGAP), a component organization of the AGS, plays advances programs to build the best physician workforce possible.

  • For a deeper dive into academic geriatrics, learn more from ADGAP: Association of Directors of Geriatrics Academic Programs
  • For the fundamentals of becoming a geriatrician, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant, or social worker, just keep scrolling!

Geriatrics Education and Training

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Students and residents can join the AGS for free! Click here to learn more.

Interested in starting a student or resident chapter of AGS at your local institution? Contact Lauren Kopchik at lkopchik@americangeriatrics.org.