Geriatrics & Palliative Care Education

Our various fellowship programs enable you to build on the skills you developed throughout residency to become an expert in caring for older adults and those with serious illness. 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 researchers, 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

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

  • We offer an annual CME course titled “Intensive Update with Board Review in Geriatric and Palliative Medicine,” a four-day clinically-based intensive course in geriatrics and palliative medicine taught by leading experts in both fields providing updates on geriatric syndromes and palliative medicine and the latest research and treatments. Each day consists of eight live virtual plenary group sessions and 20 pre-recorded workshops designated to provide both practical experience with the large group material, as well as to cover other content areas. All workshops are case-based and can be viewed at the learner's time discretion. This year, due to the continued impact of COVID-19, the course format will be a live virtual course. The dates are Tuesday, September 20th through Friday, September 23rd, 2022 and consists of eight live plenary sessions per day, plus 19-20 pre-recorded workshops daily in a ‘Study Hall” format. These workshops will be accessible at the learner’s time discretion. Click on the following link for course information and registration: 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 also been supported by the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, SeniorBridge, and Amgen.
  • 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).
  • 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.

Our 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.

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Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship    

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

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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.

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LEAP into Geriatrics Leadership Fellowship

This fellowship prepares graduates to lead hospitals, health systems, and quality improvement pgorams, and for leadership positions in payer organizations.

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Research on Disparities in Aging and Dementia

Under an NIH Training Grant and with the Division of General Internal Medicine, this research training fellowship focuses on people with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias and other older adult vulnerable populations.

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