Caring for older adults is an integral part of Family Medicine. Many older people have a close, long-standing relationship with their family physician. The role of the family physician in caring for older patients is becoming increasingly complex; it involves not only direct medical care, but also knowledge of community resources, health administrative issues, interdisciplinary team work at various levels, institutional care and so on. The College of Family Physicians of Canada has recognized this evolving role and stated its commitment to improving the health care of the elderly.
The Department of Family Medicine at Queen's University offers a one-year program in Care of the Elderly, recognized by the College of Family Physicians of Canada as a Category 1 residency program.
This program is currently directed mainly at family physicians completing the core two years Family Medicine Residency. Certified family physicians that are already in practice are also welcome. Out of country applicants or returning graduates applying to this program will be looked at individually. This document will review the training that will be provided to physicians through the Department of Family Medicine at Queen's University.
As of 2015, those who complete this program will be eligible for a Certificate of Added Competence as offered by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.