The core mission of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is to improve the health, independence, and quality of life of all older adults. Since the AGS published the first Geriatrics Review Syllabus (GRS) in 1989, the GRS has become recognized as the premier geriatric medicine resource for clinicians who wish to stay current and provide evidence-based, high-quality care to older adults. To keep pace with advances in geriatric medicine, the AGS is proud to publish this eighth edition (GRS8). Over 170 AGS members, and leaders in the field of geriatric medicine, contributed to the GRS8 as editors, authors, and question writers.
The GRS8 is available as a 3-volume set of books as well as an online format. Book 1 contains the Syllabus of 64 chapters and annotated references that allow the interested reader to pursue topics in greater depth. Book 2 contains 333 case-oriented, multiple-choice questions and is accompanied by an answer sheet for those participating in the continuing education program. Book 3 repeats the questions and contains answers, supporting critiques, and references to aid learner self-assessment. The online format comprises the entire program.
To accommodate new chapters, we have omitted the ACOVE quality indicators, which can be found in J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007 Oct;55 Suppl 2.
The Syllabus is divided into six sections—Principles of Aging, Approach to the Patient, Systems of Care, Syndromes, Psychiatry, and Diseases and Disorders. GRS8 highlights developments in geriatric medicine since publication of the seventh edition in 2010. When discussing specific drugs, the authors and editors verified that the information provided was up-to-date at the time of publication. Any mention of drug uses not specifically approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (so called “off-label” uses) are tagged as OL. The majority of medications described in the text are approved in the United States, although authors occasionally note the use of medications that are approved in Europe, but not in the United States.