Geriatric Medicine

Geriatric Medicine is the branch of medicine that focuses on health promotion for seniors and the prevention and treatment of disease and disability in later life.   A Geriatrician is an expert in how medical conditions impact one another, in how each medication interacts with others and how both medical conditions and medications uniquely affect you as you age.

The PHC Division of Geriatric Medicine has a wide range of services spanning all of the acute sites within Providence Health Care.  We continue to innovate and build our services, striving to provide the very best in wrap around multi-disciplinary care for seniors.  Our services support patients and families as they transition from the emergency department, to acute medical wards, to specialized rehabilitation units and finally back to the community with outpatient follow up and community outreach services.  We continue to recruit division members that have expertise in trainee education, research and clinical subspecialties including dementia care, falls, perioperative medicine, continence care and clinical ethics.

Contact Information
Division of Geriatric Medicine
9B -1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, B.C., V6Z 1Y6
Telephone: 604-806-8069
Email:treid@providencehealth.bc.ca 

Head
Dr. Amanda Hill, Division Head

Members

Dr. Janet Kow, Clinical Associate Professor and Head, UBC Division of Geriatric Medicine, Senior Medical Director, PHC 
Dr. Phillip Lee, Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Wendy Cook, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Lawrence Lo, Clinical Assistant Professor and Postgraduate Program Director for Geriatric Medicine

Dr. Jocelyn Chase, Clinical Instructor
Dr. Mark Fok, Clinical Instructor
Dr. Gibong Lee, Clinical Instructor
Dr. Janice Menezes, Clinical Instructor
Dr. Hetesh Ranchod, Clinical Instructor 
Dr. Martha Spencer, Clinical Instructor and Rotation Education Lead

Dr. Nicole Stewart, Clinical Instructor
Dr. Marisa Wan, Clinical Instructor

 

The following service complement is currently being offered at St. Paul's Hospital:
-Acute Care for Elders Inpatient Service (ACE)
-Geriatric Consultation Outreach Team (GCOT)
-Geriatric Medicine Clinics: general geriatrics, continence, falls, dementia, caregiver support, peri-operative medicine
-Geriatric Community Outreach
-Geriatric Emergency Room Nursing Specialist

The following services are currently being offered at Mt. St. Joseph Hospital:
-Acute Care for Elders Inpatient Service (ACE)
-Specialized Geriatric Medicine Rehabilitation
-Geriatric Consultation Team
-Geriatric Medicine Clinics: general geriatrics, falls, dementia
-Geriatric Community Outreach
-Geriatric Emergency Room Nursing Specialist
-Tertiary Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Unit

Holy Family Hospital offers services in general geriatric rehabilitation. 

Teaching

The PHC Division of Geriatric Medicine includes many award-winning teachers as its members.  Trainees including medical students, residents, and fellows in Geriatric Medicine and other fields (Family Practice, Psychiatry, Palliative Care, Internal Medicine, Physical Rehabilitation and Neurology) rate their Geriatric training experience at PHC sites very highly. 

Undergraduate teaching at St. Paul’s and Mount St. Joseph includes:
-Elective students (both in and out- of- province) on the Geriatric Consultation Outreach Team and in Geriatric Medicine Clinics.
-UBC Clinical Skills Bedside Teaching for History Taking and Physical Examination

Postgraduate teaching at St. Paul’s and Mount St. Joseph includes:
-Elective residents (both in and out- of- province) on the Geriatric Consultation Outreach Team, the Acute Care for Elders Inpatient Service and in Geriatric Medicine Clinics.

Structured teaching activities include weekly division rounds, journal club, mortality and morbidity rounds, and seminar sessions with specialized allied health providers (social work, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nurse continence advisor).  There is also opportunity for trainees to participate in home visits and ethics consults.

PHC also participates in the highly regarded Royal College UBC Geriatric Medicine Fellowship training program.

For information on elective rotations, contact: Trudy Reid Email:treid@providencehealth.bc.ca

For more information on research initiatives from the UBC Division of Geriatric Medicine, please explore these useful website:

VITALiTY Research Centre