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MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the University of Florida College of Medicine Geriatric Medicine Fellowship program is to produce physician-leaders who provide the best possible care to older adults across the continuum of care. Through clinical experiences in ambulatory clinics, inpatient consultations, ACE Unit rounds, Skilled Nursing Facility, Long Term Care, research, and educational development our geriatricians learn the values of respect, compassion, hospitality, and integrity to deliver person centered care with a warm and approachable demeanor. Our program develops geriatricians who will contribute to the field of geriatrics using excellent clinical skills, an abundant fund of knowledge, evidence based medicine, outcomes based research, community outreach, and education to patients, families, medical learners at all levels, and healthcare providers.
VISION FOR THE FUTURE (5 year plan): The future plans of the geriatric medicine fellowship is to continue to train future clinicians, clinical educators, clinical researchers, and leaders in geriatric medicine. With the growth of the geriatric medicine clinical practice we will apply for funding to return to four full time slots for fellows. Our goal is to take advantage of the abundant relevant clinical sites at UF Health and the NF/SG VA Medical Center to expand and enhance our fellowship clinical experience. We will continue to showcase our program at national meetings and through scholarly achievements.
OBJECTIVE: This one-year fellowship is designed to train physicians about clinical care of older adults. A second (or third) year of training may be available to fellows who want to pursue a career in academic geriatrics.
PROGRAM DESIGN: The geriatric fellowship is administered by the University of Florida and the Gainesville VA Medical Center. Each year four geriatric fellows are accepted. The program is directed by Laurence Solberg, M.D., AGSF. The program provides flexibility to meet the needs and goals of individual fellows, and can be modified to develop areas of expertise and interest. The optional second and third years are devoted to research, education, and /or administration.
- 75% of fellows who complete the fellowship will go into academic faculty positions.
- 75% of graduated fellows will be board certified within 3 years of completion.
EDUCATION: A core curriculum provides basic knowledge of biological and psychological aspects of aging. Lectures, conferences, seminars, a journal club, Grand Rounds, and university courses serve as teaching vehicles. Experience is gained in clinical care, research, teaching and administration. The program is linked with the University of Florida Department of Aging and Geriatric Research and Institute on Aging and the VA Medical Center’s Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center.
CLINICAL TRACK: Care is provided to a broad spectrum of patients: from the fit to the frail, from the independent to the dependent, and to persons from varied social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. Training settings include ambulatory sites, several community skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes, and acute care consultation services. Patient management is assisted by fellows becoming members of interdisciplinary teams. The clinical track emphasizes comprehensive interdisciplinary geriatric care. Fellows will teach and supervise medical students and internal medicine housestaff. Graduates will be well-prepared to pass the ABIM/ABFP certification exam in geriatric medicine.
ACADEMIC TRACK: After completing the clinical track, academic track fellows spend another one to two years under the mentorship of senior investigators who have funding and research programs in areas ranging from preclinical gerontology to system redesign research. Graduates will be well prepared to apply for peer-reviewed career development awards. Fellows may also participate in the Advanced Postgraduate Program in Clinical Investigation, which offers courses such as epidemiology, biostatistics, study design, grant writing and manuscript preparation. Participants can earn a Certificate in Translational Health Science or a Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science.
RESEARCH: Fellows who opt for a second or third year select a research mentor. Research projects are tailored to each fellow’s individual needs and may be clinical, laboratory, psychosocial, epidemiologic, health services, or policy oriented. Close collaboration between fellow and mentor permits the development and execution of a research project and acquisition of expertise in a particular area, i.e., sarcopenia, frailty, exercise physiology, memory disorders, and stroke rehabilitation.
EDUCATION AND ADMINISTRATION: Fellows teach students and house officers in their disciplines and participate in teaching various health care disciplines (e.g., pharmacy, nursing, physical therapy). Administrative experience is gained at clinical sites and in supervising students and house staff activities.
FACILITIES: The University of Florida Health Science Center and the Gainesville VA Medical Center are adjacent to one another. The university hospital and the VA hospital combined have nearly 1,000 beds. Additional facilities for the geriatric program include the following:
Fellowship Training Facilities: University of Florida: Senior care clinic Shands Hospital Geriatrics Consult services, UF Health Palliative Care services,UF Health Urology clinic, UF Health Movement Disorders clinic, Shands Rehabilitation Hospital.
Community Facilities: Oak Hammock at the University of Florida, Signature Healthcare of Gainesville, Park Meadows Nursing Center, Palm Garden Health and Rehabilitation Center, Haven Hospice
VA Medical Center: Delirium Consult Team, GeroPsychiatry Clinic, Palliative Care Consult service.
Academic Facilities: GRECC, Institute on Aging, Center for Health Policy Research, Center for Exercise Science, Oak Hammock Lifecare Community.
Laurence Solberg, M.D:. Program Director
Leslye Pennypacker, MD
Ron Shorr , MD, MS
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
* Application deadline is November 15 of each year.
* Applicants are selected through the NRMP match system.
* Physician candidates must have completed training in either Internal Medicine or Family Practice.
* Interviews are required. Candidates should contact us at the earliest possible date.
* Application must be accompanied by three reference letters.
* Fellows are selected on the basis of past performance, interest in geriatrics, and interest in an academic career.
* Efforts are made to recruit candidates from diverse backgrounds.