The clinical experiences include longitudinal contact with
elderly persons in ambulatory, home and nursing home settings and
in a hospital-based acute care and consultation service. In
addition, there are rotations in neurology, geriatric psychiatry,
rheumatology and rehabilitation medicine, as well as palliative
medicine and hospice care.
Teaching of medical students and residents is also an important
component of the fellowship. This includes teaching of physical
diagnosis and supervision of residents on the geriatric unit.
Supporting the geriatric clinical training components is a
series of educational activities, which provide both the fellows
and faculty with several important learning opportunities.
These activities include:
- monthly geriatric core topic seminars
- monthly clinical case/ethics conferences
- monthly clinical research conferences
- monthly journal clubs that focus on current literature relevant
to clinical aspects of geriatrics and the biology of aging
Participating institutions include the VA Western New York Healthcare
System, Kaleida Health
System (Buffalo General Hospital and DeGraff Memorial
Hospital), Erie County Medical
Center (ECMC), and Roswell Park Cancer
Institute (RPCI). The clinical services also include long-term
care at HighPointe on the
Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Scholarly activity or a scholarly project is required by
completion of the fellowship. Examples may include starting or
helping work on an existing academic research project, presentation
of a poster/abstract at a national meeting, or publication of a
case report, review article or book chapter. Fellows are asked to
keep a portfolio for documentation. One month of elective time may
be dedicated to their project.
The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for
Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and can lead to Certification in
Geriatric Medicine as approved by the American Board of Internal
Medicine and the American Board of Family Medicine.