Background. Increasing number of seniors in the society requires more university-degree educated professionals –
health care professionals, social care workers and managers with basic exposure to and knowledge of gerontology and
geriatrics. The aim of our paper was to evaluate the effectiveness of undergraduate training of gerontology and
geriatrics among students of the 1st Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague.
Methods and Results. To get information about knowledge of medical students and students of ergotherapy and
physiotherapy and about their attitudes towards senior citizens we conducted a survey using two anonymous
questionnaires prepared in our department and piloted earlier. The survey ran during the academic year 2004/2005.
Students completed identical questionnaires twice, first time before the start of the clinical rotation and second time
after the training end (n=134). Evaluation of knowledge and attitudes confirmed that one to two weeks clinical
rotation at Department of Geriatrics was effective and increased knowledge of students in the topic trained. The
percentage of correct answers in all three evaluated training programmes increased after the completion of the clinical
rotation and reached 83% and more. From 134 participating students, 54.5 % appreciated life experience and wisdom
of seniors they met, 98.4 % of students were satisfied with the training programme and 67.2 % of students reported
that after training they changed their attitude towards senior population.
Conclusions. Our survey confirmed that clinical training in geriatric medicine at 1st Faculty of Medicine, Charles
University in Prague, prepared in agreement with current European recommendations is sufficiently effective and well
accepted by the students. Therefore we recommend introduction of formal geriatric training for students in all medical
faculties in the Czech Republic.
geriatrics, gerontology, undergraduate training and education.