Geriatrics Fellowship

Our mission is to develop geriatricians who become leaders in academic and clinical geriatrics and to enable graduates to obtain certification in geriatric medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine or the American Board of Family Practice. Our one- or two-year program trains an average of eight physicians each year. Our graduates have a 100 percent pass rate on the American Board of Internal Medicine Geriatric Certifying exam.

Our two-year geriatrics fellowship program emphasizes leadership, scholarly activity, and research, including 40 percent protected time to train you as a clinician-educator. We offer limited department support to help you attend national conferences. All of our fellows attend our four-year Board Review and continuing medical education course in geriatric and palliative medicine. The core curriculum for the protected academic time includes leadership skills, research skills, quality improvement, and evidence-based medicine in the areas of geriatric and palliative care.

You complete all clinical requirements during the first year of the fellowship program, during which we emphasize co-management consultation, acute care, and geriatric emergency medicine. 

The second year focuses on research, and you may choose one of the following fellowship tracks:

  • Clinician-Educator, with comprehensive and mentored experiences, curriculum development both online and off, expanded experience in curriculum evaluation, and the Harvard Macy Course for Program Postgraduate-Graduate Trainees Future Academic Leaders
  • Palliative Medicine, which facilitates progressive clinical experiences in palliative care and outpatient hospice
  • Clinical Research, with protected time to work one-on-one on a clinical research project with a mid-level or senior faculty member
  • Health Policy and Administration, which provides mentored experiential time in hospital administration with a mid-level faculty member or experiential time as a medical director of a nursing home

We also offer a one-year fellowship. This program is clinically focused and is most suited for you if you have had other fellowship training in areas such as endocrinology, cardiology, rheumatology, or gastroenterology.

Learn more about our curriculum

We offer several special programs and honors:

Certificate Program in Bioethics

When funding permits, you can compete, in your second year of the fellowship, for the opportunity to participate in a Certificate in Bioethics and Medical Humanities, jointly run by Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Division of Nursing at New York University. This program educates health care, law, and business professionals in the essential principles and practical clinical applications of bioethics.

Hartford Geriatrics Center of Excellence

As a designated Center of Excellence (CoE) in Geriatrics by the John A. Hartford Foundation, we offer additional specialized training to help you become a successful geriatric educator and academic leader. You can apply for this opportunity during your third year in the fellowship. 

Master Clinician-Educator Program in Geriatrics

We have embedded a one-year clinician-educator program into this program to help you evolve into an expert educator in geriatric medicine. We cover teaching principles, specific skills to teach geriatrics, evidence-based geriatrics, systems-based practice, evaluation and assessment techniques, and quality improvement principles that focus on key issues in caring for older adults.

Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Journal Club

Run by fellows and attended by learners from other departments and those doing a geriatrics clerkship, this club aims to build competency in critical appraisal techniques and apply peer-reviewed evidence to the care of older and seriously ill adults. We call upon the latest medical findings to frame questions during clinical sessions.

Fellowship Honors

Chief Fellow: Should you be selected by faculty for this position (late in the first year), you fulfill a variety of leadership duties and administrative tasks throughout your second year. This is considered a leadership award and includes additional salary compensation.

Research Award: This award recognizes excellence in geriatric medicine, based on your practice as well as your presentation of your research project to the department.

Evaluation is an important component of the academic experience. In our fellowship program, faculty members review and critique all patient assessments, comprehensive care plans, and follow-up care that you provide. We use the criteria developed by the American Board of Internal Medicine and compute average scores at the end of the year for accreditation purposes. At the end of each research block, your research mentor evaluates your work from that session.

The Clinical Competency Committee meets quarterly to review these clinical and research evaluations as well as any verbal feedback. The program director meets with you at least twice a year to discuss strengths and weaknesses and provide suggestions for improvement. When you receive a satisfactory performance evaluation, you advance to a higher level of responsibility and ultimately graduate from the program.

After each rotation, you complete an evaluation online. We encourage you to provide verbal feedback at any time. We use these assessments to continually improve the rotations and ensure that they meet student needs. Please know that we encourage you to speak to the fellowship director, individual faculty member, or the chief fellow confidently at any time.

We are particularly interested in applicants who are concerned with health care for an aging and geriatric population.

We select fellows through the Medicine Subspecialty Match, which is part of the National Residency Match Program. You must submit your application through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS), along with all supporting documents. We require, in addition to the application form, the following materials:

  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Final medical school transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination transcript
  • Dean’s letter and medical school performance evaluation

You should apply approximately one year before you would like to join us, usually during your PGY-3 year or final year of fellowship training. We require completion of the New York State licensing process, including all parts of the United States Medical Licensing Examination before you join us.

We invite between 30 and 40 applicants to interview. Interviews take place at our primary rotation site, The Mount Sinai Hospital.

We participate in visa programs J-1, H-1-B, but require that you reside in the United States; we do not consider those living abroad.