Our two-year program integrates training for the core competencies in geriatrics and palliative medicine as well as expertise in research skills and evaluation/assessment techniques. The first 16 months of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-approved fellowship focuses on training and the following eight months emphasizes professional development, be it clinical research, basic research, administration, or public policy. We accept 7 to 10 fellows each year.
As a fellow, you spend at least 8 of the 13 blocks on clinical rotations. You will perform rotations in the geriatric consult service, palliative medicine consult service, palliative care unit, mobile acute care for the elderly, co-management hospital service, Visiting Doctor Program, the James J. Peters Veterans Administration Medical Center, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Jewish Home Life, supportive oncology, geriatric psychology, and the continuity care service.
You can spend the other five blocks of time on scholarly activity, electives, and research. You attend the department’s academic half-day each week, which includes journal club, morbidity and mortality conferences, Ambulatory Case Conference, career development workshops, sessions on research techniques, and pedagogy on curriculum development.
The first few months involve formal didactics on functioning within a team and running team meetings. Ongoing opportunities include monthly interdisciplinary discussions of clinical questions raised by outpatient encounters; participation in GeriTalk; staff development retreats; and the Palliative and End of Life Care course, a national program.
How to Apply
Our program is open to those interested in addressing quality of life for elderly and seriously ill patients. We select fellows through the National Residency Match Program. You must submit your application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), along with all supporting documents.
We typically interview between 30 and 40 applicants.