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
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.
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
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
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.
the ERAS web to apply. ACGME #1514121060
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Division of Geriatric Medicine
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2676