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Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine

Overview from the Program DIrectors

The Perelman School of Medicine Geriatric Fellowship prepares physicians for leadership positions in teaching, research, or health care management and policy, and provides fellows an opportunity to learn fundamental geriatric clinical skills necessary to meet the accreditation requirement for certification in geriatric medicine.  The Fellowship consists of a mandatory one-year clinical experience.  Optional unaccredited second and third years are available for those candidates who wish to pursue a career in academia as a teacher, scholar or investigator.  Because of Penn’s rich expertise in a variety of areas, fellows may choose from a range of specializations, including cognitive disorders, bone disease, palliative care, sleep medicine, health disparities, administration or health care policy.   

Our training program emphasizes interdisciplinary clinical management of elderly patients with diverse medical problems. Experiences are offered in a range of settings:   the Acute Care for the Elderly Unit (ACE) at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; ambulatory care clinics located at the Ralston-Penn Center and Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) Program at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center (PVAMC); LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) program; long-term care communities; and home care settings.

Our Fellowship Program is also integrated with our Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded Geriatric Interdisciplinary Fellowship, a program that highlights key themes through scheduled didactics, site visits, and projects.  Principal topics include Interdisciplinary Care and Training, Health Equity and Literacy, Palliative Care, Communication Skills, Education, Research, and Health Care Quality and Safety.    We also offer teaching opportunities through the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Penn Community and Academic Resources for Education about Seniors (Penn CARES) Program. 

Edna Schwab, MD                                                               
Program Director

Core Activities

Clinical

Sites include the Veteran Affairs Medical Center, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC), and the Ralston-Penn Center.

The Ralston-Penn center was established in 1987 to house many of the aging-related activities of Penn Medicine. Faculty from Geriatric Medicine, Geriatric Psychiatry, and Gerontological Nursing are all based here and conduct their practices on-site. In addition, the Center now houses three interdisciplinary clinical programs:

  • The Ambulatory Geriatric Consultation Service
  • The primary care practice in Geriatric Medicine
  • The offices of the Truman G. Schnabel In-Home Primary Care Program, which provides primary care for homebound elderly.

Inpatient Care and Consultation Services at the VAMC

Fellows assist nurse practitioners and housestaff in the management of primary care patients admitted to the acute medicine service at the VAMC. Fellows also serve as geriatric consultants in the hospital, offering geriatric assessment services, teaching housestaff and students the principles of geriatrics, and providing other basic inpatient medical consultation services, such as preoperative evaluations for elderly veterans.

Inpatient Services at PPMC

Fellows assist in the management of primary care patients admitted to the acute medicine service at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The Geriatrics Division also provides consultation services to trauma, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and orthopaedics.

At Presbyterian Medical Center, the Geriatrics Division staffs the Acute Care of Elders Unit. Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Business, Law, Social Work, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences. The Institute offers Geriatric fellows funding opportunities for research and access to research projects and mentorship throughout the University.

Penn's Alzheimer's Disease Center (ADC) is part of a national network of 25 centers established throughout the country by the National Institute of Aging (NIA) to foster understanding and treatment of Alzheimer's disease. The ADC coordinates research in Alzheimer's disease at Penn by fostering interdisciplinary activities, training scientists, funding pilot studies, and recruiting patients. It also conducts educational programs for students, health care professionals, and caregivers.

Please use the ERAS web to apply. ACGME #1514121060

We will continue to accept non-ERAS applications which requires the following documents: (1) 3 letters of recommendation, (2) personal statement, and (3) curriculum vitae.

Interviews and admission are rolling until all spots are filled.

Please e-mail any questions to geriatricfellowship@uphs.upenn.edu

 

Contact Information:

Pamela Hodges
Division of Geriatric Medicine
Ralston-Penn Center
3615 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2676
Phone: 215-898-9401
Fax: 215-662-4438