The first year will have the traditional strong clinical emphasis. Longitudinal clinical experiences include a weekly geriatric continuity clinic, bi-weekly skilled nursing facility visits, and a monthly home visit program performing physician referred geriatric consultations and county social service referred comprehensive geriatric assessments.
Hospital based rotations include physical medicine and rehabilitation, geropsychiatry, geriatric medical orthopedics, geriatric acute care, hospice and palliative care, primary care internal medicine and geriatrics, and subacute care.
Outpatient rotations include clinics in physical medicine and rehabilitation, urogynecology, wound care, dementia, Parkinson's and movement disorders, Dementia Behaviors Assessment and Response Team, congestive heart failure, and podiatry. Electives are available in sleep disorders, endocrine diseases, GI motility, and others.
Small group interactive didactics include a geriatric medicine core curriculum series presented in concert with the continuity clinic. The design shop is a monthly research conference for fellows to review research works in progress with peers and mentors. A Fellows Skills Development conference surveys a variety of topics in medical education, health care economics, and practice and career development. There is a monthly evening meeting of Journal Club at the homes of the faculty. The Stanford Teaching Faculty Development Seminar series will hone the teaching skills of fellows who will have the opportunity to teach principles of geriatric medicine to medical students, interns and residents on the Primary Care Internal Medicine and Geriatrics hospital service. In addition, there are several other larger conferences often applicable to geriatric medicine training on campus including Internal Medicine Grand Rounds and the primary care internal medicine and geriatrics weekly morning conference.
The second (elective) year allows you to focus on acquisition of research skills. You may complete Mayo Graduate School coursework to acquire either a certificate in clinical research (12 credits) or a master's degree in clinical research (24 credits). During this time you will have the opportunity to complete one or more research projects with the help of an assigned mentor within your areas of interest.
A third year of training is available to qualified applicants who wish to pursue advanced training as a clinician investigator.
To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance will be monitored carefully during the course of your program training. 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 quarterly. In addition, you will in turn evaluate the faculty and each rotation to ensure that your educational needs are being met.