Program Description

Goals

The goal of the UConn Geriatrics Fellowship is to produce highly skilled practitioners of geriatric medicine who will be able to extend geriatrics precepts to colleagues and systems of care, as well as patients and families. The large majority of our graduates work in leadership positions in clinical program development, administration, research, and education.

Graduates of the UConn Geriatrics Fellowship Program will be able to demonstrate understanding of:

  • Expert clinical care of older persons over a continuum of care sites, including acute hospital, office, institutional long term care, geropsychiatry, home care and rehabilitation;
  • Teaching and curriculum development in settings relevant to geriatric care;
  • Aging research in basic, clinical, epidemiologic or health policy investigations; and
  • Health policy and the health care delivery systems relevant to the elderly, and administrative issues in nursing home, home care, or clinic-based geriatrics programs.

One Year Fellowship

Year 1

Longitudinal Experiences

  • 1/2 day weekly primary and consultative geriatrics care at university-based Geriatrics Associates, P.C.
  • 1/2 day weekly for didactics conferences, including Leadership Skills conferences
  • 1/2 day per week independent study
  • Fellows follow a small panel of nursing home patients after completing the long-term care rotation at Seabury Retirement Community
  • Family medicine fellows may choose to follow an additional panel of patients in the family medicine clinic

Block Experiences

Ambulatory Geriatrics Clinics VA Connecticut and University Hospital
Long-term Care and Subacute Care Seabury Retirement Community
Hospice and Palliative Medicine Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Home Care VA Connecticut and University Hospital
Acute Care Geriatrics Consults University Hospital
Rehabilitation Hospital for Special Care
Geropsychiatry University Hospital

Two Year Fellowship

Year 1

Longitudinal Experiences

  • 1/2 day weekly primary and consultative geriatrics care at university-based Geriatrics Associates, P.C.
  • 1/2 day weekly for didactics conferences, including Leadership Skills conferences
  • 1/2 day per week independent study
  • Fellows follow a small panel of nursing home patients after completing the long-term care rotation at Seabury Retirement Community
  • Family medicine fellows may choose to follow an additional panel of patients in the family medicine clinic

Block Experiences

Ambulatory Geriatrics Clinics VA Connecticut and University Hospital
Long-term Care and Subacute Care Seabury Retirement Community
Hospice and Palliative Medicine Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Home Care VA Connecticut and University Hospital
Acute Care Geriatrics Consults University Hospital

Year 2

The second year combines longitudinal and block experiences to serve the specific career goals of each fellow. In year 2, 55% is reserved for electives specific to the goals of the individual fellow. These goals may include: completion of C.M.D., quality improvement and research projects, palliative medicine leadership, and teaching portfolio development. Qualified fellows may also complete M.P.H. or M.Sc. clinical research.

Longitudinal Experiences

  • 1/2 day weekly primary and consultative geriatrics care at university-based Geriatrics Associates, P.C.

Block Experiences

Acute Care Geriatrics Consults University Hospital
Rehabilitation Hospital for Special Care
Geropsychiatry University Hospital