GERIATRIC FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Overview

The Division of Academic Internal Medicine & Geriatrics oversees a highly collaborative program in geriatric education, gerontological research, and clinical services for the elderly. The geriatric faculty hold board-certifications in both Geriatric Medicine and Internal Medicine, as well as Palliative & Hospice Care. Clinical services span the continuum of care in geriatric consultations and primary care at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, and various long term care facilities throughout the Chicagoland area. The division also runs one of the largest geriatric fellowship programs in the country, with over one third of graduates becoming geriatric clinician-educators.

The Division of Academic Internal Medicine & Geriatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago offers a one year ACGME-accredited fellowship in Geriatric Medicine to qualified applicants and provides comprehensive training in gerontology and geriatrics with opportunities for participation in gerontological research. Fellows who successfully complete the first year fellowship also have the opportunity to pursue a 2nd year research fellowship.

The experiences include respite care, hospice care, and rotations in Transitional Care Units, where ongoing quality improvement projects are in process. Geropsychiatry and rehabilitation medicine are requirements, and there are many structured electives including palliative care, wound care, radiology, and extended care.

Mission/Goals

Goals & Objectives for Training:

  1. Provide medical and interdisciplinary education on normal aging, geriatric syndromes, chronic disease, and evidenced-based senior healthcare.
  2. Expand discovery of why we age, how we can prevent aging, and what we can do to slow aging processes.
  3. Develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to perform comprehensive geriatric assessment and management of older adults across the continuum of healthcare.
  4. Provide effective geriatric consultation
  5. Address goals of care and advanced care planning
  6. Create future leaders in Geriatric Medicine
  7. Participate in leading geriatrics research

Highlights & Facts

The Division of Academic Internal Medicine & Geriatrics oversees a highly collaborative program in geriatric education, gerontological research, and clinical services for the elderly. The geriatric faculty hold board-certifications in Geriatric Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Palliative & Hospice Care. Clinical services span the continuum of care in geriatric consultations and primary care at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, and various long term care facilities throughout the Chicagoland area. About one third of graduates eventually become geriatric clinician-educators. UIC has a wide-spread of gerontological research that includes Vitoux Program on Aging and Prevention and ENGAGE-IL.

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