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About Us For Patients and their Families Office of Geriatric Research Medical Education Newsletter
Geriatric Fellowship Program

Program Description
Institutions and Rotations
Program Faculty
Program Fellows
The Application Process

The primary goals of the fellowship program are to train future clinical and academic experts in geriatric medicine.

Clinical training occurs in all settings appropriate for a practicing geriatrician including: acute hospitals, nursing homes, patients' homes, hospices, continuing care communities, and ambulatory clinics. Fellows are provided ample opportunities to fine-tune their teaching skills via lectures and supervision of medical trainees at all levels in addition to experiences in community health education. Research training begins in the first year with attendance at the Research Design and Methodology Course in collaboration with the Health Services Curriculum. Fellows are expected to pursue an individual mentored research project during their second year. Formal didactic experiences to the fellows include a core curriculum in geriatrics over the summer, journal clubs, fellows' conferences, research seminars, grand rounds (medical and geriatrics), and clinical conferences.

During the first year fellows spend an ample amount of time in an acute hospital and long-term care setting. S/he also has continuity clinic and house call sessions, which continue throughout the two years of fellowship. First year fellows have several opportunities to participate in medical student and resident education, and are expected to commence work on developing an academic project for the upcoming year. During the second year of fellowship, training continues clinically, but the focus shifts to the development and completion of a research project. The second year fellow still spends some time on acute care and long-term care rotations (see included Sample Block Diagram). However, s/he is expect to function in a junior faculty role, increasing his/her clinical independence. Second-year fellows continue to see their panel of continuity patients at the Wright Center and house calls. Didactic and academic experiences also continue into the second year. A large block with time in the second year is dedicated to a mentored research project, ideally resulting in a presentation at a national meeting.

Description of the Program

Sample Block Diagram -Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program

Rotations – First Year Fellows
Inpatient 18 weeks
Outpatient-Ambulatory Care 4 weeks
Long Term Care 9 weeks (5 medical, 4 rehab)
HSS Rheumatology 1 week
Neurology 3 weeks
Conference/Vacation 6 weeks
10 N Fellow 4 weeks
Research 4 weeks
Palliative Care 2 weeks
Hospice 1 week

Note: All First Year Fellows may choose to take the Dept. of Public Health's Epidemiology course, 20 weeks, Jan. through May, Thursdays 1-2 pm.

Rotations – Second Year Fellow
Inpatient 9 weeks
Outpatient-Ambulatory Care 4 weeks
Palliative Care 1 week
Research 25 weeks
Elective 4 weeks (PEW course, Chaplaincy, Ethics, other)
Psychiatry 3 weeks
Conference/Vacation 5 weeks
Junior Attending 2 weeks

Note: Second year fellows are also required to give on-going lectures to the Primary Care Clerkship Medical students.

Fellows throughout both years have on-going ANH LTC continuity clinics, weekly outpatient ambulatory sessions at the Wright Center and bi-weekly in the House Call Program.

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