Geriatrics Clinical Fellowship
Our training program features a variety of rotations representative of clinical opportunities for geriatrics. Settings include an academic tertiary health care center, a regional Veterans Administration medical center and local continuing care retirement communities.
The core of the fellowship curriculum is based on longitudinal clinical experiences. Fellows have a continuity clinic at the George E. Whalen Veterans Administration medical Center and the University of Utah Geriatrics Clinic. These clinics offer exposure to a diverse older adult population in the spectrum of geriatric ambulatory primary care. Fellows also follow a panel of patients in a long-term care setting.
Additional required clinical rotations include home-based primary care, skilled nursing post-acute care, cognitive disorders clinic, geriatric psychiatry clinic and a variety of ambulatory consultative clinics.
Fellows are encouraged to pursue elective experiences consistent with their unique career goals. We offer the following electives:
- Movement Disorders
- Inpatient Palliative Care
- Wound Care
- Neuropsychological Testing
- Hospital Elder Life Program
- Cardiac Risk Reduction
- Geriatric rheumatology
- Thrombosis Clinic
- Pre-operative assessment clinic
- Dyspnea and Heart Failure Clinic
- Osteoporosis Clinic
Our fellows do not take in-house calls. Each fellow is required to take an average of one week of call from home per month. A faculty member is always on back-up call with the fellow.
Education and scholarly pursuit are essential components of our program. Fellows participate in the following:
- Journal Club
- Grand Rounds (Geriatric and Internal Medicine)
- Research Conference
- Clinical Conference
- Board Review Sessions
- American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting
- Regional Geriatrics Meetings
Over the course of the year, fellows are required to give clinical presentations, lead journal club, engage in a scholarly project (e.g., quality improvement, research, or other) and give a capstone lecture about their project.