Growing research in geriatric medicine is a priority area. Currently, involvement of geriatricians in research lags behind other specialties. The reasons for this are multifactorial, but a lack of training infrastructure within geriatric medicine higher specialist training is contributory. This is widespread across European countries and internationally. The Geriatric Medicine Research Collaborative (GeMRC) offers an opportunity to engage trainees in research, regardless of their previous individual research experiences. Utilising national trainee networks, GeMRC is able to conduct large-scale projects within short periods of time that can have real impact upon patient care. We consider that embedding GeMRC within higher specialist training with formal college support will assist to upskill trainee geriatricians in research methodology. Collaboratives are internationally recognised across disciplines. Expansion across European and international countries offers the opportunity for international collaboration in geriatric medicine. International trainee-led networks will enable the conduct of large-scale global projects in geriatric medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)733-737
Number of pages5
JournalAge and Ageing
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2020


  • Academic geriatrics
  • Collaborative
  • Older people
  • Trainees


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