Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of Geriatric Medicine

Education and Training

Fellowship Program


Training Program


Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine (One Year)

We offer a particularly rich environment for training, which includes our partnership with the VA Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center of Excellence (GRECC) as well as the UPMC geriatric psychiatry fellowship program. Training encompasses the full spectrum of clinical care, from prevention to end-of-life. Working with faculty engaged in both state-of-the-art care and development of innovative new care models, fellows develop expertise in:

The clinical year is structured with a variety of inpatient, outpatient, and community-based block rotations. Fellows also care for a panel of patients longitudinally at one of our outpatient clinics, a local nursing home, using telehealth.

Fellows are also exposed to the diversity of aging research occurring throughout the University, and they are given an opportunity to develop their own research skills and interests under the supervision of a select group of mentors. Through all of their activities, we encourage our fellows to challenge current paradigms of care and develop better methods for the care of older adults.  

As a one-year, clinical program, the fellowship provides limited time for scholarly activities. Nonetheless, most fellows choose the University of Pittsburgh because of its academic strength, and express interest in pursuing research opportunities. We have developed a curriculum and structure for academic preparation and mentorship in order to maximize opportunities for fellows to develop their interests. Our Associate Program Director for scholarship, an accomplished investigator, meets regularly with each fellow to identify individual goals for scholarship and toestablish benchmarks, connect fellows with faculty mentors, and monitor progress. 

Our core conference series also includes topics relevant to scholarship including: 

Each of our fellows engages in the following scholarly activities:

Additional preparation for careers in academic medicine, including education scholarship, and clinical and translational research, is available to fellows who are engaged in one of our multiple-year training tracks, including our integrated fellowship in geriatrics and palliative medicine, and our three-year academic track 

The program accepts applicants through the ERAS system and participates in the national fellowship match through NRMP.