Geriatric Fellowship

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Please review the printable Fellowship Brochure for additional information.

For further information please contact: Drs: Susan Schneider, Mariam Mufti or Yasmin Mohiuddin.
Fellowship Coordinator: Marcil Campbell

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, and 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.

OBJECTIVE: This one-year fellowship is designed to train physicians about the clinical care of older adults.

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  Susan Schneider, M.D.  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.

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.

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. Fellows will teach and supervise medical students and internal medicine house staff. Graduates will be well-prepared to pass the ABIM/ABFP certification exam in geriatric medicine.

RESEARCH:  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.

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:

  • 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

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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.