Our Geriatric Fellowship is designed to equip physician assistants and nurse practitioners with specialized skill sets to assist older individuals with multiple geriatric syndromes in preserving their function.

Hallmarks of this program will include mastering the ability to assess, prioritize and coordinate patient-centered care for individuals with multiple comorbidities. The program is structured to develop and strengthen proficiencies while increasing competence and confidence alongside an interdisciplinary team of well-rounded healthcare providers.

Completion of this exceptional fellowship affords graduates with the expertise necessary to deliver comprehensive care; helping patients and their families to cope with the uncertainties associated with complex illness and symptom management.

Geriatric Fellows in Clinical Settings

Geriatric fellows are exposed to a variety of patient populations in both inpatient and outpatient settings to include: an urban Level 1 trauma hospital, metropolitan satellite hospitals, home care, inpatient specialty sites and skilled nursing facilities. These clinical encounters provide fellows with hands-on patient care, specialized skills training, collaboration with other specialties, as well as a network of clinical and educational resources.

Through an integrated approach to care, fellows work within a team of physicians, advanced clinical practitioners, nurses and other specialists towards a goal of providing optimum care to geriatric patients while addressing quality of life for both the patient and the family throughout the course of treatment.

Comprehensive Post-Graduate Approach

The Geriatric Fellowship is a 12-month program created to address a national shortage of geriatric specialists. This innovative curriculum offers an expansive immersion in the areas of inpatient geriatric trauma care, outpatient dementia care, skilled nursing facilities-SNF (subacute rehab and long-term care), assisted living facilities (ALF), continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) and geriatric emergency room. Fellows have an elective training experience concentrated to the fellow’s particular interest in the field. Fellowship experience is comprised of a core curriculum, weekly didactic sessions, direct patient care, specialty rotations, simulation training, journal club and case presentations. This comprehensive post-graduate approach offers the advantage of a guided learning experience and direct patient care within in a protected learning environment, which increases provider confidence and awards a smooth transition to practice.

Fellowship Objectives

  • Understand and Practice a Geriatric Model of Care
  • Provider-Patient Relationship
  • Implementation of Treatment
  • Facilitate Transitions of Care
  • Document complexity of work and bill appropriately

Medical Specialty Rotations Include

  • Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Facilities
  • Memory Care
  • Home Care/Transitional Care
  • Continuing Care Retirement Communities
  • Geriatric Emergency Room
  • Inpatient Trauma Service
  • Geriatric Oncology

Team Learning Discussion Topics

  • Goals of Care
  • Nutrition
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Dementia/Delirium
  • Palliative Care/Hospice
  • Spiritual Care Assessment