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Geriatric Fellowship


Ohio State physicians possess unique expertise in caring for patient's as they age. The fellowship program in geriatrics, established in 2005, is designed to produce fellows who are well trained in clinical geriatrics and well prepared to sit for the Specialty Boards Exam in Geriatric Medicine. This is an accredited one year program in clinical geriatrics, with an optional second year which would be primarily research and education-based for fellows planning on academic careers. Physicians who will complete accredited residency programs in either Internal Medicine or Family Medicine are eligible to apply for the Fellowship. Faculty for the program include fellowship trained Geriatricians as the key clinical faculty, as well as faculty in Neurology, Physical Medicine, and Palliative Care, plus clinicians specializing in wound care and nursing home practice. Fellows also work with the extended team including a Geriatric Nurse Specialist, a full time social worker, clinical pharmacy residents and staff, and internal medicine residents and students rotating on Geriatrics. The Geriatrics program is housed within the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine of The Ohio State University School of Medicine, one of the top Internal Medicine Departments in the country. Additional strengths of the geriatric program at Ohio State include rotations through the Physical Medicine Program (ranked #9 in the country), and through the Palliative Care Program working alongside the Fellows in Palliative Care. In addition, state of the art electronic medical records have been in place for years in this program which has won awards for technological advances.

Curriculum:

Training site for the first year include:

Geriatric Evaluation Clinic 30%
Academic Nursing Home 20%
Geriatric Inpatient Consultations 10%
Memory Disorders Clinic (Neurology Dept) 5%
Home Care 5%
Wound Clinic 5%
Pain & Palliative Care Consultation rotation, 1 month
Dodd Hall Inpatient Rehabilitation rotation, 1 month
Didactics/study time 25%

The Geriatric Evaluation Clinic is located in the combined General Internal Medicine Faculty Practice/Internal Medicine Residency Clinic at the Martha Morehouse Outpatient Facility. This newly constructed clinic area includes exam space, office space, meeting/conference rooms, and administrative areas. There is an excellent staff on site including a full time social worker and a very strong pharmacy staff from the School of Pharmacy. The site was also recently designated as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home site.

The Wexner Center is a large, beautiful, well-run academic nursing home which includes the complete spectrum of nursing home care in a large senior care campus.

Inpatient Consultations are performed at the Ohio State University Hospitals system, a physically connected campus including the Arthur James Cancer Hospital, the Ross Heart Hospital, the Rhodes/Doan main hospital complex, and the Dodd Rehabilitation hospital. A geriatric nurse clinician coordinates the consultative service, which includes general geriatric, and fragility fracture consults.

Memory Disorders Clinic is part of the Neurology Department and is housed in the Cramblett Clinic building, connected to the main hospital. This clinic is supervised by nationally renowned researchers in Alzheimer’s disease.

Wound Care Clinic is located in the Martha Morehouse Office building that also houses the Geriatric Evaluation clinic and the Fellowship Program offices.
 

 

Conferences:
 

There is a didactic series that includes monthly journal club, monthly academic nursing home rounds, weekly lecture, and on-line training. Internal Medicine Grand Rounds and the ambulatory Internal Medicine lecture series are also available to Fellows.

 Applications:

Prospective applicants may apply through the ERAS system, or may apply directly to the Program Director or Program Administrator. Program applications begin July 1st, twelve months before the start of training, and continue through November.