Education

We believe that education in geriatrics and palliative care is critical for all health care professionals, regardless of specialty. We were one of the first medical schools in the country to incorporate rotations in geriatrics and palliative care for all medical students. In addition to offering fellowship programs in geriatrics and palliative medicine, and an integrated geriatrics and palliative medicine fellowship, we offer educational opportunities for visiting physicians, nurse practitioners, and other hospital staff.

We incorporate geriatrics and palliative care education into the medical school and residency program curriculum in several ways.

We offer a wide variety of geriatric and palliative care programs geared toward faculty and staff at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

The Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute regularly hosts nurse practitioner students from New York University and Columbia University. You work with patients in oncology, intensive care, geriatrics, general medicine and surgery, and elsewhere. You assess new consults, manage pain and symptoms, talk with patients about advanced directives, and become involved in family meetings. We find that you gain the most from clinical rotations when you can join the team full time (40 hours a week) for four weeks.

We train licensed and nationally certified massage therapists to work safely and effectively with seriously ill patients in acute care settings. Our faculty consists of an interdisciplinary team of licensed massage therapists, advanced practice nurses, and physicians who focus on palliative care.

We are an approved provider (#450746-08) by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork to offer classes for continuing medical education (CME) credit. Upon successful completion, you receive 12 CME credit hours.

The program is sponsored by theBalm Foundation, the Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, and the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

For more information, contact Mariellen Giordano at mariellen.giordano@mssm.edu.

We participate in a variety of programs outside of the Mount Sinai Health System:

  • We offer the Consortium for Faculty Development to Advance Geriatric Education, a train-the-trainer program, which encompasses a Master-Clinician Educator Program in Geriatrics, a one-year program, and the Mini-Fellowship for Non-Geriatricians, a three-day interactive course delivered at the participants’ home institution.
  • We provide three-day Faculty Development Mini-Fellowships in Geriatric Medical Education and Quality Improvement.
  • We bring our small group, interactive course to other institutions’ sites to teach geriatrics content, pedagogical skills, feedback coaching, mentoring to develop and execute team-based quality improvement projects, and other content and experiences. We use a variety of techniques including demonstrations, self-study, small- and large- group sessions, e-learning, role-playing, and post-course mentoring.   
  • We play a leadership role in the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs, which involves us in an annual two-and-a-half-day meeting as well as managing the Portal of Geriatrics Online Education (POGOe).
  • We offer a Continuing Medical Education Course titled “Intensive Update with Board Review in Geriatric and Palliative Medicine.” Experts from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and other leading entities provide updates on geriatric syndromes and the latest research and treatments in large group sessions and smaller interactive, case-based workshops. This course is endorsed by the James J. Peters VA Medical Center Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers, the American Geriatrics Society, the Center to Advance Palliative Care, and the New York Consortium for Geriatric Education Centers; in the past, it has been supported by the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, SeniorBridge, and Amgen, Inc.
  • The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is the nation’s leading resource for palliative care development and growth. As a national, member-based organization, CAPC provides hospitals, health systems, hospices, payers and other health care organizations with the tools, training, technical assistance and metrics needed to support the successful implementation and integration of palliative care.  CAPC is supported by foundations, private philanthropy, memberships, and is affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
  • Our Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center runs a Geriatric Rural Scholars Program targeted at providers who serve older rural veterans. Rural Scholars participate in clinical and didactic education activities focusing on geriatric and palliative medicine with active mentoring from GRECC leadership.  We provide a rural interdisciplinary team training program, a rural health training and education program, and a web-based virtual learning community for rural scholars.

Based at the Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, our Visiting Scholars Program trains you to be a clinician leader who provides palliative care. You spend one to four weeks at the institute and we gear the program toward your particular interests, whether clinical, educational, or research.

Our visiting scholars work with our interdisciplinary team of specialists and gain exposure to and training in:

  • Patient and family assessment
  • Care planning
  • Symptom and side effect management
  • Continuing care across settings
  • Teaching in the clinical setting
  • Documentation, coding, billing, and reimbursement
  • Staffing and team function
  • Quality monitoring

Didactic components of the program, which bring together members of the institute and the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, include:

  • Weekly multi-disciplinary clinical conferences
  • Monthly palliative medicine continuing education meetings
  • Bi-monthly palliative medicine and geriatrics Grand Rounds
  • Monthly Schwartz Center rounds
  • Weekly fellows didactic sessions
  • Annual education on palliative and end-of-life care course
  • Annual CME Course titled "Intensive Update with Board Review in Geriatric and Palliative Medicine"

We have a limited number of slots for Visiting Scholars, so please apply well in advance. We need your completed application at least three months before the dates when you would like to visit. 

Once we receive and review your application, we will notify you about program availability and scheduling. We may suggest alternate dates if we cannot accommodate your request.

Fees*

Tuition Fees

One Week

Two Weeks

Three Weeks

Four Weeks

Physicians

$1,000

$2,000

$3,000

$4,000

Nurses, Social Workers, and other Health Care Professionals

$500

$750

$1,000

$1,500

Chaplains

$250

$500

$625

$750

*Subject to change

If you cannot afford these fees, please send a written request for an adjustment with your completed application.

If you are interested in joining us for a shorter time-period, contact us with your request.

 

1/2 Day

Full Day

Physicians

$250

$400

Nurses, Social Workers, Chaplains, and other Health Care Professionals

$100

$175

Administrators

$250

$500

Designed to train visiting international physicians, our Certificate Program in Geriatric Medicine is two to six months long. You rotate through the Mobile Acute Care of the Elderly Unit, the Geriatrics Concurrent Care Service, the Coffey Geriatrics Outpatient Practice, Palliative Care, Visiting Doctors, Geriatric Rehabilitation, Geropsychiatry, and the Icahn School of Medicine teaching rotations. We provide a certificate upon completion. Due to Department of Homeland Security restrictions, this program is currently on hold. Please contact us with any questions and check back for updates. 

Our three fellowship programs enable you to build on the skills you developed throughout residency to become an expert in caring for older adults.

Geriatrics Fellowship at Mount Sinai

We train you to become an academic leader with excellent foundations in patient care and research.

Learn more about the fellowship

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship    

This one-year fellowship prepares you to practice palliative medicine in an academic setting.

Learn more about the fellowship

Integrated Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Fellowship 

This fellowship trains you in caring for geriatric patients and in providing palliative medicine for older patients and others.

Learn more about the fellowship