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European postgraduate curriculum in geriatric medicine developed using an international modified Delphi technique

Roller-Wirnsberger, Regina; Masud, Tahir; Vassallo, Michael; Zöbl, Martina; Reiter, Raphael; Van Den Noortgate, Nele; Petermans, Jean; Petrov, Ignat; Topinkova, Eva; Andersen-Ranberg, Karen; Saks, Kai; Nuotio, Maria; Bonin-Guillaume, Sylvie; Lüttje, Dieter; Mestheneos, Elizabeth; Szekacs, Bela; Jonsdottir, Anna Björg; O’Neill, Desmond; Cherubini, Antonio; Macijauskiene, Jurate; Leners, Jean-Claude; Fiorini, Anthony; van Iersel, Marianne; Ranhoff, Anette Hylen; Kostka, Tomasz; Duque, Sofia; Prada, Gabriel Ioan; Davidovic, Mladen; Krajcik, Stefan; Kolsek, Marko; del Nozal, Jesus Mateos; Ekdahl, Anne W .; Münzer, Thomas; Savas, Sumru; Knight, Paul; Gordon, Adam; Singler, Katrin


Regina Roller-Wirnsberger

Tahir Masud

Michael Vassallo

Martina Zöbl

Raphael Reiter

Nele Van Den Noortgate

Jean Petermans

Ignat Petrov

Eva Topinkova

Karen Andersen-Ranberg

Kai Saks

Maria Nuotio

Sylvie Bonin-Guillaume

Dieter Lüttje

Elizabeth Mestheneos

Bela Szekacs

Anna Björg Jonsdottir

Desmond O’Neill

Antonio Cherubini

Jurate Macijauskiene

Jean-Claude Leners

Anthony Fiorini

Marianne van Iersel

Anette Hylen Ranhoff

Tomasz Kostka

Sofia Duque

Gabriel Ioan Prada

Mladen Davidovic

Stefan Krajcik

Marko Kolsek

Jesus Mateos del Nozal

Anne W . Ekdahl

Thomas Münzer

Sumru Savas

Professor of The Care of Older People

Katrin Singler



The European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS-GMS) recommendations for training in Geriatric Medicine were published in 1993. The practice of Geriatric Medicine has developed considerably since then and it has therefore become necessary to update these recommendations.


Under the auspices of the UEMS-GMS, the European Geriatric Medicine Society (EuGMS) and the European Academy of Medicine of Ageing (EAMA), a group of experts, representing all member states of the respective bodies developed a new framework for education and training of specialists in Geriatric Medicine using a modified Delphi technique. 32 expert panel members from 30 different countries participated in the process comprising three Delphi rounds for consensus. The process was led by five facilitators.


The final recommendations include four different domains: “General Considerations” on the structure and aim of the syllabus as well as quality indicators for training (6 sub-items), “Knowledge in patient care” (36 sub-items), “Additional Skills and Attitude required for a Geriatrician” (9 sub-items) and a domain on “Assessment of postgraduate education: which items are important for the transnational comparison process” (1 item).


The current publication describes the development of the new recommendations endorsed by UEMS-GMS, EuGMS and EAMA as minimum training requirements to become a geriatrician at specialist level in EU member states.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 13, 2018
Journal Age and Ageing
Print ISSN 0002-0729
Electronic ISSN 1468-2834
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 48
Issue 2
Pages 291-299
APA6 Citation Roller-Wirnsberger, R., Masud, T., Vassallo, M., Zöbl, M., Reiter, R., Van Den Noortgate, N., …Singler, K. (2018). European postgraduate curriculum in geriatric medicine developed using an international modified Delphi technique. Age and Ageing, 48(2), 291-299.
Keywords Ageing; Geriatrics and Gerontology; General Medicine
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