Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine
The BIDMC Gerontology Division sponsors the ACGME accredited Harvard Medical School (HMS) Multicampus Geriatric Medicine Fellowship for physicians interested in academic career paths in Geriatric Medicine. This fellowship is one of the oldest in the country, established in 1978. The program prepares graduates for distinguished careers as health care leaders in the field of aging, preparing the next generation of clinicians in the art and science of geriatric medicine. All Fellows are eligible to take the Geriatric Medicine Boards after one year, with select candidates continuing for an additional one to two years to complete advanced training as researchers and clinician educators.
A unique feature of the Fellowship is its affiliation with a number of Harvard Medical School teaching institutions. The program includes a broad range of clinical settings that expose fellows to the full spectrum of older adult populations; from healthy, active seniors to frail elders with multiple chronic conditions. The distinguished faculty from BIDMC, Hebrew SeniorLife and partner institutions provide clinical expertise, training and mentorship. The Harvard Medical School sponsoring institutions participating in clinical educational experiences include: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Elder Service Plan of the North Shore (a PACE program), Hebrew SeniorLife, Mount Auburn Hospital, Spaulding Hospital Cambridge and the VA Boston Healthcare System. Fellows are exposed to primary care, house call medicine, institutional long term care, and healthcare for formerly homeless elders.
The fellowship is also a current recipient of a special grant from the Health Resource Services Administration to implement an interdisciplinary training program for Geriatric Physicians, Dentists and Behavioral and Mental Health Professionals. This program features inter-disciplinary training for medicine, dental and psychiatry fellows; education about health care finance and policy, physician leadership, culturally competent care, and outreach to underserved populations.