Geriatric Medicine Fellowship
Established in 1981 as one of the first such fellowships in the United States, the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care’s Geriatric Medicine Fellowship has a strong history of preparing internists and family physicians to care for older adults across diverse clinical settings. Our training provides fellows with the skills necessary for successful careers as clinicians, clinician–educators, researchers, and administrators. This one-year program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Under the guidance of Nina Blachman, MD, MHPE,, program director, and our team of expert faculty, we offer a comprehensive curriculum covering clinical geriatrics, research methodology, aging in society, nursing home care, and ethics. Fellows appreciate the unique outpatient clinical experiences, extensive formal geriatrics curriculum, and rigorous academic environment of our training program.
Each fellow is assigned to a mentor before the start of the fellowship based on the trainee’s career goals and interests. Fellows meet with their mentors regularly for advice, help with upcoming presentations, and career coaching. Because of the size of our fellowship class, trainees have a strong sense of camaraderie and can help one another both during the fellowship and later as alumni. They frequently collaborate on research projects and socialize outside of work. Graduates of the program are highly valued and sought after for desirable positions after the completion of their training.
Our Geriatric Medicine Fellowship includes clinical rotations in outpatient and inpatient geriatric care, as well as in long-term care, subacute rehabilitation, geriatric psychiatry, home-based primary care, and palliative care. Fellows also have a chance to explore the integration of geriatric medicine with other specialties through a dedicated multispecialty elective rotation.
In addition to the above clinical rotations, fellows participate in a weekly continuity clinic, where they dedicate one half day per week to their own panel of patients at the Bellevue geriatrics clinic or the VA NY Harbor Health System geriatrics clinic. Each fellow also maintains a panel of nursing home residents at NYC Health + Hospitals/Gouverneur. The fellows visit these patients one afternoon per month.
Trainees are encouraged to participate in house staff leadership roles within NYU Langone to gain expertise in health systems management and to train to become clinical leaders in geriatrics. Interested fellows may also attend the AMDA—The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine Annual Conference in the spring.
Fellows attend weekly geriatric medicine didactic conferences, including Geriatric Medicine Grand Rounds, research conferences, journal club, and core conferences, as well as interdisciplinary conferences at each clinical site.
To prepare for careers as clinician–educators, all fellows participate in a curriculum designed to enhance their teaching skills. Fellows play an important role in teaching NYU Grossman School of Medicine students and residents, as well as nursing students and advanced practice nursing students. Each year, geriatric medicine fellows have the opportunity to teach medical students geriatrics concepts through simulation exercises at the New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences, and are instrumental in teaching the house staff on the wards. Fellows also have an opportunity to give presentations to older adults at a local senior center.
Fellows have the opportunity to engage in research with NYU Langone faculty members within our division and in other departments and divisions. Each fellow undertakes a quality improvement project and travels to present a poster at the national American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting, held in a different city each year. Trainees also present their work at regional and local professional meetings, including the Metropolitan Area Geriatrics Society Fellows’ Research Night, NYU Langone’s Department of Medicine Research Day, and NYU Langone’s Quality and Safety Day.
Incoming fellows are required to complete three years of internal medicine or family medicine residency training at an accredited program within the United States before the start of their fellowship. NYU Langone does not offer H-1B sponsorship for house staff, residents, or fellows. J-1 sponsorship is available through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates® (ECFMG®). A New York State medical license must be obtained before beginning the fellowship.
We accept five fellows per year to the one-year Geriatrics Medicine Fellowship program and one fellow to the two-year Integrated Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Fellowship program. Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®). The ERAS® application season begins in early June, and fellowship candidates can submit applications to us in early July. We begin reviewing applications on July 15 and invite applicants to interview on a rolling basis.
As a candidate on your interview day, you can expect to tour our facilities; meet our program director, program faculty, and current trainees; and share your background, skills, motivation to pursue fellowship, and future goals with us through a series of interviews.
Eligible candidates are selected based on their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
All of the fellowships in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care participate in the Medical Specialties Matching Program through the National Resident Matching Program®. Rank lists are finalized in late October or early November of each year.
We hope that you will be part of our next fellowship class!
For more information about the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, please contact Dr. Blachman at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Mimi Merkin, MPA, fellowship coordinator, at email@example.com or 212-263-6613.