Pamela A. Saunders, PhD, is an associate professor in the departments of neurology and psychiatry. She is the director of the Aging & Health Program at Georgetown University which offers an interdisciplinary master of science degree. With a doctorate in sociolinguistics from Georgetown University, her research focuses on language, aging, doctor/patient communication, narrative and reflective writing. She has spent the last 25 years conducting research and teaching. Her research portfolio includes funding from the Alzheimer’s Association, the National Institute on Aging, the Hartford Foundation, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She serves in several leadership roles related to medical education, including as chief course director of the doctoring curriculum and co-clerkship director of the geriatrics clerkship. She is a long-standing member of Georgetown University Medical Center’s Committee on Medical Education. She co-founded the geriatrics curriculum in 2000 for the medical students at Georgetown’s School of Medicine with funding from the Hartford Foundation. In addition, she teaches aging theory, reflective writing, Mind Body Medicine skills to medical and graduate students.