Subspecialty Residency Training

Comprehensive program to train geriatric medicine specialists

Geriatric medicine is a two-year subspecialty residency training program approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). Residents are eligible for entry following at least three years of RCPSC-approved internal medicine residency training.

As a resident you will gain exposure to patients with cognitive and psychiatric concerns, falls and frailty, general medicine issues in late life and post-surgical care. You will work with attending geriatricians throughout the various services, in addition to nurse practitioners, clinical pharmacologists, behavioural neurologists and care of the elderly (COE) family practitioners.

A variety of clinical settings and services

Our program offers a clinical service with experienced interdisciplinary teams. Inpatient services include a geriatric assessment unit, a restorative care unit, a progressive care unit and a consultation service. Outpatient services include a geriatric day hospital, ambulatory care clinics, home visiting, a seniors’ mental health team and community geriatric clinics in both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

In Halifax, geriatric medicine is based at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. You will also train in community hospitals, including the Dartmouth General Hospital and Cobequid Centre, and through rotations at the Saint John Regional Hospital.

In addition to subspecialty geriatric residents, residents from family medicine and internal medicine also rotate through geriatric medicine services. We help provide training for family medicine residents doing a certificate in Care of the Elderly and for psychiatry residents doing subspecialty training in geriatric psychiatry. Our division is also involved in postgraduate MSc/PhD training.

Learn more about how to apply for our program.


Maia von Maltzahn, MD, FRCPC
Program Director, Division of Geriatric Medicine
2650-5955 Veterans’ Memorial Lane
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 2E1
Tel: 1-902-473-2490
Fax: 1-902-473-7133