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Geriatrics

Donald A. McDonald MD; Fahim Ahmed MD; Fellow

“Our training program provides instruction in an array of settings to give our fellows a wide base of knowledge in geriatric medicine,” says program director Donald A. McDonald, MD (right), who mentors fellow Fahim Ahmed, MD.

Our fellowship is a one-year training program devoted primarily to clinical and didactic experiences to provide a sound knowledge base in geriatric medicine.

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.

Geriatrics Fellowship Program Director

McDonald, Donald

Donald McDonald, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Veterans Hospital, 3495 Bailey Avenue Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: 716-862-3144

Email: dam6@buffalo.edu

Training Program Administrator

Noemi Voelker

Training Program Administrator

ECMC, 462 Grider St., DK Miller Bldg., First Floor, Buffalo, NY 14215

Phone: (716) 961-6956; Fax: (716) 961-6960

Email: ntamoga@buffalo.edu