Welcome to the University of Michigan’s Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine. Our mission is to provide expert care for older adults and patients with advanced illness, to enrich knowledge through research in the field of aging, and to train the next generation of healthcare leaders. This mission is of particular importance now and in the coming years: by 2050, more than 20 percent of the U.S. population is projected to be above the age of 65. The aging population is not only growing, but living longer than ever. By age 75, the average American lives with two or three chronic medical conditions, some with several more. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of health providers who specialize in geriatric or palliative medicine. We seek to equip physicians and health professionals with the unique and necessary tools to meet the coming challenges.
The Division traces its origins to a multidisciplinary geriatrics clinic in U-M’s Turner Building in 1967. From this modest beginning, we have grown to one of the largest and most successful programs in the country. We are part of the Department of Internal Medicine, and are the academic home to 35 clinical and research faculty, including 17 with dual certification in both geriatric and palliative medicine. Division faculty provide leadership for a number of interdisciplinary centers and programs including the University of Michigan Geriatrics Center and Institute of Gerontology, the U-M Adult Palliative Medicine Program, and the Ann Arbor VA Geriatrics Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC).
While there is no cure for old age, and we cannot produce eternal life, there is such a thing as prolonging life, and preserving a high quality of life. We are innovators and national leaders in those endeavors, and are consistently recognized as one of the top programs in the country. The phrase “leaders and best” is not just a lyric in our fight song, it’s the goal in everything we do.