Division of

Geriatric Medicine

Fellowships

What fellowships do we offer?

  • Geriatric Medicine: This ACGME-accredited, one-year clinical fellowship provides comprehensive training in all aspects of geriatric medicine and allows the trainee to sit for the American Board of Internal Medicine exam in Geriatric Medicine.
  • Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care: This integrated, two-year fellowship provides training in both disciplines, as well as time for academic development. It qualifies the trainee to take the American Board of Internal Medicine exam in both specialties.
  • Interrupted Geriatric Medicine Fellowships: This program enables hospitalist physicians to continue to work and be paid as a part time hospitalist while pursuing training in geriatric medicine. Fellows complete the ACGME-accredited training over two years, using a modified schedule to become board-eligible in geriatric medicine.
  • Advanced Fellowships: For those interested in an academic career, as either a clinician investigator or a clinician-educator, we offer one to four years of additional training, which qualifies for a Certificate, Masters, or PhD degree (in exceptional circumstances). The training supports mentoring; completion of a formal curriculum and/or additional training in a more focused area; completion of a project; and/or grant submission. Applications can be completed in conjunction with one of the two fellowships described above or separately. The program is funded by several of our resources:
  • Applications can be completed in conjunction with one of the two fellowships described above or separately. The program is funded by one or more of our resources:
      • NIH-T32
      • VA Special Fellowship in Aging
      • NIH-Claude Pepper Center
      • Clinical and Translational Science Institute/Institute for Clinical Research and Education
      • CTSI KL2

Why Train in Geriatrics in Pittsburgh?

  • Health System and University Excellence
    • US News and World Report ranks our Geriatrics program 12th in the U.S.
    • US News & World Report ranks UPMC Health System #15 in the U.S.
    • University of Pittsburgh ranks 4th nationally among universities in NIH research funding.
  • Faculty 
    • Three dozen outstanding faculty, all trained at America’s best universities
    • Fifteen are included in The Best Doctors in America
    • Many have postdoctoral degrees; a large number are also trained in complementary subspecialties.
    • Many are renowned for their care and/or research in areas ranging from geroscience to geriatric subspecialties and syndromes, medications, and health care models.
  • Scale, Scope, and Quality of Clinical Training Sites
    • UPMC is the nation’s largest integrated academic health system. It encompasses ~40 academic, community, and specialty hospitals; more than 500 outpatient sites; 3,500 physicians; and an insurance division with 3.5 million members (175,000 >65 yo).
    • UPMC Home Health conducts over one million home visits annually.
    • UPMC has four Program for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE) sites. It also owns or helps manage more than two dozen nursing facilities, and it collaborates with another 75.
    • Equally important, our approach to geriatric patient care has several special features.
    • In addition, our program is integrated with the University’s nationally-renown geriatric psychiatry program as well as the adjacent Pittsburgh VA, a base for our prestigious Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center of Excellence (GRECC).
  • Innovation:Delivering state-of-the-art care is critical to our mission, but so is devising and evaluating new care models for every setting. The Division:
    • Created one of the nation’s first geriatric Patient-Centered Medical Homes
    • “Geriatricized” an entire general hospital, making it better for seniors (and, in turn, everyone)
    • Developed a new model of home-based long term care (Staying at Home) for those whose conditions require chronic attention that Medicare’s Home Health model can’t provide
    • Transformed skilled nursing facility care to improve quality and reduce readmissions.

Each effort was funded both by UPMC and peer-reviewed grants, including a $20 million award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (just renewed for another $20 million).

  • Training Opportunities: If you want an academic career, we have the resources to support advanced training and mentorship, thereby facilitate a smooth transition to independence.

The City: Situated at the confluence of three major rivers and surrounded by verdant hills and the Laurel Mountains, Pittsburgh is both beautiful and vibrant. In replacing its former pre-eminence in steel and manufacturing, Pittsburgh has emerged as a hub of innovation and excellence in education, artificial intelligence and information technology, medicine, conservation, energy, and finance. Its transformation has been recognized with a variety of accolades, including “America’s Most Livable City,” “Best Arts City,” “Best Urban Adventure City,” “Top Food City in the US” (Zagat, 2015), and “#1 City to live in the Northeast” (Money magazine).

Contact Us

Division of Geriatric Medicine
Academic Administrative Office

Kaufmann Medical Building, Suite 500
3471 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Email Us

Benedum Geriatric Center

412-692-4200

Senior Care Institute

412-623-2700