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Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of Geriatric Medicine

Education and Training


Fellowship Program

 

Geriatrics-Palliative Care: Combined Fellowship

We are proud to offer a new, two-year training program integrated with the UPMC Division of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and in collaboration with the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Care Institute. Our goals are to:

The disciplines of palliative and geriatric medicine overlap in many aspects that pertain to care of the frail elderly at end of life, including an integrated approach to the patient's physical and psychosocial needs, and provision of care across the continuum of healthcare settings. Professionals caring for seniors at the end of life need expertise in palliative care, and palliative care specialists need expertise in issues specific to care of the elderly.  UPMC is among a handful of programs in the United States that offers dual training, and we are an ideal setting in which to provide it, having nationally recognized programs in both fields and ample institutional support to develop academic leaders.

Fellows in dual training will complete the requirements for both fields in an integrated fashion. They will meet core competency requirements in 18 months, and will have 6 months of elective time built into their schedule for professional development and scholarly work. This will include coursework toward a Masters degree in either medical education or in clinical and translational research. After completing the two-year clinical program, they are eligible for certification in both palliative and geriatric medicine through the American Board of Internal Medicine. They may choose to continue their training with a final year of preparation for careers in academic medicine.