While the first year of the Geriatrics fellowship program has a clinical focus, fellows also attend a variety of conferences and symposia to gain critical knowledge and skills for practice and careers in geriatric medicine. This includes a core curriculum and training in quality improvement, palliative care, evidence-based medicine, long term care and clinical teaching. The curriculum becomes more tailored to individual fellow needs after their first year. During this time fellows complete an additional year or two of coursework and training. They also undertake scholarly projects in their fields of interest.
“I’ve really benefitted from my training so far. During rotations at the VA, we’ve had the opportunity to obtain long-term care experience with veterans who need rehabilitation and respite care. This experience is also combined with outpatient work; on a weekly basis we work directly with attendings at an outpatient clinic. The attendings help us with many outpatient issues, from dementia, to falls, to multiple medication management. There really are a variety of experiences.”
—Juliessa Pavon, second-year geriatrics fellow
"I enjoyed the clinics rotation, where I worked closely with a variety of subspecialties related to geriatric medicine. Inpatient consult service was also full of learning opportunities, and timely and frequent feedback from attendings who I worked one-on-one everyday was priceless. I believe I have acquired well-rounded clinical knowledge and skills throughout the year, through workshops and advanced courses in evidence-based medicine, long-term care, and clinical teaching."
—Isao Iwata, second-year geriatrics fellow