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Geriatric Medicine

Residency Positions: 6

The Department of Geriatrics was established at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1985 to address the increasing aging populations need for sensitive, competent health care.  In the 18 years since its inception, the Department has grown to provide multidimensional services for the West Philadelphia community of older persons.  Geriatrics, by virtue of its interdisciplinary nature and the commitment of faculty, has evolved into a vital and growing clinical service at PCOM.

In 1996, under the direction of Katherine E. Galluzzi, D.O., CMD, FACOFPdist , PCOM received approval from the AOA Committee on Postdoctoral Training for a Geriatrics Fellowship.  This one-year program is designed to expose physicians to the continuum of care of elderly persons, which includes office and consultative care, inpatient, hospice, long term care and home care services.

The primary goal of the program is to provide extensive training in care of older patients, placing importance on the use of osteopathic principles and practice.  Special emphasis is placed on outpatient comprehensive geriatric assessment, inpatient consultations, dementia evaluation, urinary incontinence, wound care, end-of-life care and biomedical ethics.  Fellows also have scheduled rotations in the subspecialty areas of rheumatology, rehabilitation medicine, psychiatry and neurology; they can elect additional rotations in other areas, e.g., dermatology, which will better prepare them to care for older patients. The program also provides training in teaching/administration and research to prepare for careers as academicians and clinical educators.

Fellows rotate on the PCOM Geriatric Nursing Home call schedule, and provide medical consultative services for inpatient geriatrics.  The program enables regular interaction with multidisciplinary team members, such as nurse practitioners, speech, physical therapists and social workers.   

Family Medicine residents can elect to enter Geriatrics Fellowship training upon completion of their PGY-3 year.  Candidates are encouraged to sit for their family medicine board exam prior to entering the fellowship. After completion of the fellowship, and successfully passing the family medicine board exam candidates are eligible for certification in Geriatrics.


Nicol Joseph, DO., CMD
Program Director, Geriatric Fellowship

Family Medicine/Geriatrics/Hospice and Palliative Care


  • AS, Bronx Community College, 1992-1994BS
  • SUNY College at Old Westbury, 1995-1996
  • DO, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, 2002
  • Internship: Christ Hospital - UMDNJ-SOM, 2002-2003
  • Residency: Family Practice Residency, Christ Hospital - UMDNJ-SOM, 2003-2005
  • Geriatric Fellowship, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2005-2006


  • ACOFP Certification in Family Practice/Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, 9/22/05
  • American Osteopathic Association Certificate of Added Qualification in Geriatrics, 4/27/07
  • Wound Care Certified, National Alliance for wound care
  • American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American Geriatrics Society
  • American Medical Directors Association
  • Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association
  • Delaware Valley Geriatric Society
  • New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society
  • National Medical Fellowship Award, UMDNJ-SOM, 1998-2000
  • Bernard Bates Memorial Award in Biology, Bronx Community College, 1994

Research Interests

  • Health Promotion/Disease Prevention for the Elderly
  • Psychosocial Assessment of the Elderly
  • Home Health Care for the Elderly
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • End of life & palliative care
  • 2008-2009, Medical School Palliative Care Education Project - $30,000 1 year funded program: The PCOM MS-PCE goal is to provide comprehensive palliative care education with specific focus on experimental "had-on" training during the clinical years

Geriatric Medicine
  • Roxborough Memorial Hospital
  • Bala Nursing Home
  • St. Ignatius Nursing Home
  • Centennial Village
  • Hearth at Drexel
  • Haven Behavioral Hospital of Philadelphia
Salary (2015-2016 academic year)
  • PGY 4 residents: $54,500


  • Point of Service or HMO health insurance, including major medical, prescription and dental health coverage for residents and their families during the contract year.
  • Professional liability and disability insurance.
  • $200 per year continuing medical education stipend for conferences or books.
Note: PCOM does not provide living quarters for residents.
Residents are required to present a paper suitable for publication.
Educational Resources

Residents have access to PCOM's 60,000-volume medical library, on-line access to the Medline database and on-line access to every medical library in Pennsylvania, and computer and computer-assisted learning capabilities.
Last Updated: 9/15/15