Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine (One Year)
We offer a particularly rich environment for training, which includes our partnership with the VA Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center of Excellence (GRECC) as well as the UPMC geriatric psychiatry fellowship program. Training encompasses the full spectrum of clinical care, from prevention to end-of-life. Working with faculty engaged in both state-of-the-art care and development of innovative new care models, fellows develop expertise in:
- The physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology of aging
- The evaluation and management of complex geriatric subspecialty problems and syndromes
- management of multi-morbidity, including the tradeoffs intrinsic to such care
- Optimizing function, independence, and quality of life
- Eliciting preferences and goals
- Dealing with psychosocial issues
- Dealing with end-of-life issues
- Treating patients in multiple clinical settings in coordination with the interdisciplinary team.
The clinical year is structured with a variety of inpatient, outpatient, and community-based block rotations. Fellows also care for a panel of patients longitudinally at one of our outpatient clinics, a local nursing home, using telehealth.
Fellows are also exposed to the diversity of aging research occurring throughout the University, and they are given an opportunity to develop their own research skills and interests under the supervision of a select group of mentors. Through all of their activities, we encourage our fellows to challenge current paradigms of care and develop better methods for the care of older adults.
As a one-year, clinical program, the fellowship provides limited time for scholarly activities. Nonetheless, most fellows choose the University of Pittsburgh because of its academic strength, and express interest in pursuing research opportunities. We have developed a curriculum and structure for academic preparation and mentorship in order to maximize opportunities for fellows to develop their interests. Our Associate Program Director for scholarship, an accomplished investigator, meets regularly with each fellow to identify individual goals for scholarship and toestablish benchmarks, connect fellows with faculty mentors, and monitor progress.
Our core conference series also includes topics relevant to scholarship including:
- Conducting a comprehensive literature review
- Critiquing medical literature
- Giving a good oral presentation
- Preparing an abstract
- Conducting research with human subjects
- Working with an IRB
Each of our fellows engages in the following scholarly activities:
- Division conference. Fellows present at six Division conferences throughout the course of their clinical year. Presentation formats include:
- Scientific topic
- Journal club
- Clinical case
- Scholarly projects. All fellows are encouraged to participate in an ongoing research project or quality improvement initiative within the Division over the course of the year, or to conduct focused individual study within a particular area of interest in Geriatrics. Fellows are encouraged and supported to present preliminary work at one of several national meetings, and they are required to present their work at a final division conference at the end of the academic year.
Additional preparation for careers in academic medicine, including education scholarship, and clinical and translational research, is available to fellows who are engaged in one of our multiple-year training tracks, including our integrated fellowship in geriatrics and palliative medicine, and our three-year academic track
Division of Geriatric Medicine
Academic Administrative Office
Kaufmann Medical Building, Suite 500
3471 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Benedum Geriatric Center
Senior Care Institute