Fellows have scheduled rotations in the subspecialty areas of hospice and palliative
medicine, psychiatry and wound care; they can elect additional rotations in other
areas such as rheumatology, orthopedics and neurology 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 receive a longitudinal experience through the PCOM Geriatric Nursing Home
and Rehabilitation Service, outpatient office and home care, and provide medical consultative
services for inpatient geriatrics. The program enables regular interaction with multidisciplinary
team members, such as nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, speech therapists,
physical therapists, social workers and psychologists.
Family and internal medicine residents can elect to enter geriatrics fellowship training
upon completion of their PGY-3 year. Candidates are encouraged to sit for their family
and internal medicine board exam prior to entering the fellowship. After completion
of the fellowship, and successfully passing the family or internal medicine board
exam candidates are eligible for certification in geriatrics.