Geriatric Medicine Fellowship (Minnesota)
The Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program consists of clinical, didactic and research components designed to expose trainees to the essential elements of geriatrics and gerontology.The goal of the program is to develop academic leaders with skills in clinical geriatrics, gerontologic research, geriatric medical education and administration. Fellows who complete the clinical year will be able to evaluate and manage a broad spectrum of geriatric syndromes through the entire continuum of care including ambulatory clinic, acute care and rehab hospital, subacute care, long term care, assisted living, and home care. They will have a solid understanding of the physiology of aging. They will be well versed in geriatric health care financing as well as regulatory, and other administrative issues pertinentto the care of the elderly. Fellows who complete the second, research-based year will have the needed statistical, epidemiologic and research design skills to pursue an academic career in geriatrics and gerontology. Fellows interested in advanced clinician-investigator training may apply for a third year of funding through the Mayo Foundation Kogod Program on Aging.
The program's strengths include a committed core teaching faculty including several board certified geriatricians led by American Geriatrics Society board member, Dr. Eric G. Tangalos. Dr. Tangalos is co-director with neurologist Dr. Ronald Peterson of the NIH funded Mayo Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. The program provides many unique clinical training opportunities in key specialty clinics including geriatric neurology with a focus on dementia and movement disorders, physical medicine and rehabilitation, gero-psychiatry, urogynecology, wound care, hospice and palliative care, and CHF. The fellowship has developed a unique home visit program that provides consultative and longitudinal care as well as in home comprehensive geriatric assessment in collaboration with state and local public health agencies.
The Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education funds second year fellows to obtain a master's degree in clinical research. The program's affiliation with the Kogod Program on Aging and the nationally renowned Department of Health Sciences Research Rochester Epidemiology Project facilitates mentorship and opportunities in gerontologic research. All of this is located in Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, a facility with a worldwide reputation for excellence in patient care, education and research.
This fellowship program fulfills the requirements for geriatric medicine training as stated by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Graduate Medical Education. Fellows who complete the clinical (first) year successfully will be board eligible to sit for the Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Geriatric Medicine.
The Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota began in 1988. Since that time, approximately 30 fellows have completed their training in this program. Going forward, it is anticipated that two fellows will complete this program annually. All graduates who have elected to take the CAQ Examination have passed.