Clinical training

The Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Arizona has a strong clinical emphasis. Longitudinal clinical experiences include a weekly geriatric continuity clinic and monthly skilled nursing facility visits. Training includes experiences in:

  • Ambulatory practice
  • Inpatient and consultative practice
  • Hospice
  • Palliative medicine
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Behavioral neurology
  • Long-term and subacute care

You will also have opportunities to rotate through several subspecialty areas.

Didactic training

Didactics include:

  • A bi-monthly geriatric medicine core curriculum series
  • Weekly geriatric research lectures sponsored by the Kogod Center on Aging at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds
  • Monthly evidence-based MERIT conferences
  • Morbidity and mortality conferences
  • Journal club

You will also have the opportunity to engage in training at Mayo Clinic's state-of-the-art simulation center.

Rotation schedule

Core rotations (2 to 4 week blocks)
Rotation Length
Hospital, in-patient 12 weeks
4 weeks
Palliative medicine, in-patient consults 4 weeks
Behavioral neurology 2 to 4 weeks
Geriatric psychiatry 4 weeks (1/2 days)
Research, quality improvement 4 weeks (1/2 days)
Skilled nursing, long-term care, assisted-living facility 8 weeks
Ambulatory clinic 4 weeks
Physical medicine and rehabilitation 2 weeks
Electives 4 weeks
Wound clinic 4 days
Core total: 44 to 46 weeks

Selective choices (2-week blocks)

  • Geriatric oncology
  • Urology, incontinence
  • Movement disorders
  • Heart failure clinic

Fellowship total: 52 weeks

  • Longitudinal continuity clinic: 52 weeks; 1/2 day a week
  • Longitudinal long-term care: 12 months; 1/2 day a month

Research training

You will have the opportunity to complete one or more research projects with the help of an assigned mentor within your areas of interest. You will also have access to conferences and online research courses to enhance your background in research.


Throughout your fellowship you will participate in and periodically present at conferences, including:


  • Morbidity and mortality conferences
  • Evidenced-based MERIT clinical conferences
  • Geriatric journal club


  • American Geriatrics Society Geriatric Review Syllabus core clinical lecture series


  • Kogod Center on Aging Successful Aging Seminars (research seminar)
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds


To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance will be monitored carefully during the course of your fellowship. You will be evaluated formally by your supervising faculty member after each clinical rotation and will meet with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, you will regularly evaluate the faculty and the fellowship.

July 10, 2012