Geriatric Skills Day

In its 7th year, Dr. Tricia Woo, a Geriatrician of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences, holds an annual Inter-professional Geriatrics Skills Day workshop for students in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The Geriatric Skills Day workshop is aimed to enrich a student’s exposure to the nuances of the healthcare of aging patients, through learning on the aging process and specialized care strategies in a multidisciplinary environment. The workshops give students an opportunity to engage with geriatric experts, be a part of small group interactive learning, learn clinical approaches to performing geriatric assessments, examination of issues pertaining to the aging process and health, and the special pearls for participating in multidisciplinary patient care.​

Key Messages

  • To train all doctors, nurses, occupational and physiotherapist to work together to care for older adults
  • Over the past 6 years, 300 enthusiastic students from McMaster have taken part in this innovative program
  • The staff at HHS and St Peter’s Hospital are passionate about this program and volunteer and lead the educational seminars
  • The students learn to work together as a team and have the opportunity to interview older adults


  • “Workshops were great, especially the Sexuality & Aging Workshop”
  • “Consider the person and what is important to them”
  • “Respect patient and be vigilant of patients’ needs and risks”
  • “All my skills today will help provide care to older adults”
  • “Learning from other health professionals”
  • “Workshops were incredible – facilitators were passionate”

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