Frequently Asked Questions

Does your institution sponsor H1B visas?

No. H1B visas must be converted to J-1 visa for employment of UConn School of Medicine.

Do you participate in the Matching Program?

Yes. We place all of our positions in the match. We also accept applicants outside of the match after the match season for example, candidates who are off-cycle or mid-career applicants.

When is your deadline?

Our deadline is October 10th for complete applications.

Do you need to take the USMLE step 3 exam before applying?

No. However the applicant must pass USMLE step 3 before a contract can be offered.

How important is research for applying to your program?

Our criteria for assessing applicants include:

  1. High achievement in internal medicine or family medicine residency
  2. Commitment to a geriatric medicine career
  3. Potential for leadership, or the ability to influence others throughout a lifetime

Research is one way in which graduates can influence other, by creating new information or evidence. However, many of our graduates have substantially improved the care of older adults through their influence in teaching and educational program leadership, policy development and implementation, and creation of new clinical programs. Thus prior research is not part of our selection criteria, but rather the candidate’s potential for leadership.

How many applicants do you accept yearly?

Three (3)

When do you start the interviewing process?

The interviews take place from June through October. For interviews, we contact the applicants via phone or email.

Are mid-career applicants considered for UConn fellowship training?

Since the inception of the UConn Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, we have welcomed mid-career applicants and thus have considerable experience with this group. Shifting careers and moving back into a trainee position can be challenging, yet we find mid-career fellows bring with them wonderful work and life-skills.

Is it possible to combine UConn geriatric medicine fellowship training with other training, such as MPH, or another subspecialty fellowship?

To date several fellows have pursued additional training, for C.M.D., M.B.A., translational research skill, and health education teaching skills. This has proved very successful, although it does add to the fellow’s workload. C.M.D. training is a particularly good fit with geriatric medicine fellowship.

In the past, fellows have combined geriatric medicine fellowship training with endocrinology, hematology-oncology, palliative medicine, and rheumatology. However, this is most feasible when the applicant is planning a research-focused academic career, and will take considerable planning.

Is there support for travel to attend meetings and pursue other education?

Considerable funding is available for the costs to travel to meetings and fellows are encouraged to attend key geriatric meetings, which is considered part of work time (i.e., not vacation). Funds are also available to purchase books, software, and other educational supplies.