Geriatrics fellowship training and the role of geriatricians in older adult cancer care: A survey of geriatrics fellowship directors

Ronald Maggiore, Kathryn E. Callahan, Janet A. Tooze, Ira R. Parker, Tina Hsu, Heidi D. Klepin

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The number of older adults with cancer is growing, necessitating more collaborative training in geriatric principles and cancer care. The authors administered a web-based survey to U.S. geriatrics program directors (PDs) addressing cancer-specific training and perspectives on optimal training content and roles for geriatricians in cancer care. Of 140 PDs contacted, 67 (48%) responded. Topics considered very important in training included cancer screening (79%) and cancer-related pain management (70%). Respondents strongly agreed that some of the geriatrician’s roles in cancer care included assessing functional status (64%) and assessing physical/cognitive function for goals of care (64%). About one half (54%) agreed that having a standardized geriatric oncology curriculum overall was important. The presence of a geriatric oncologist, requiring cancer-based rotations, being affiliated with a cancer center, or being internal versus family medicine-based did not affect this response. Despite this high level of support, cancer-related skills and knowledge warrant better definition and integration into current geriatrics training. This survey establishes potential areas for future educational collaborations between geriatrics and oncology training programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalGerontology and Geriatrics Education
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Dec 11 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • Cancer education
  • geriatric fellowship
  • geriatric oncology
  • program directors
  • training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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