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Program Advantages

The one-year ACGME accredited program provides the Geriatric Medicine Fellow with clinical experience rotations in a variety of settings. These include: community resources, inpatient Geriatric Medicine consultation, acute hospital care and training in the interdisciplinary team model, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Additional rotations include neuro/stroke, rehabilitation medicine, including acute rehabilitation, geropsychiatry, chronic illness care, and a physician house calls program. Elective rotations provide fellows with additional ambulatory experiences in diabetes-endocrinology, incontinence, and other areas of interest.

Throughout training, fellows provide care to a panel of patients in different continuity settings. These include a geriatric assessment clinic, long term care and physician house calls. During training, the fellows have broad exposure to community-based services, such as the Area Agency on Aging, adult daycare, probate court, and Adult Protective Services that serve older adults.

The Geriatric Medicine Fellowship benefits from its close ties with the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Summa. Monthly journal club, case conferences and numerous didactic sessions throughout the year are held jointly with both programs. This synergy between the fellows, faculty and other learners enriches and broadens the quality of education.

Fellows interested in obtaining their certification as a Medical Director in long term care through the American Medical Director’s Association (AMDA) may begin this process during the fellowship year. Time spent in the fellowship, along with specific medical director-focused training, counts toward the requirements for certification.

Fellows are expected to participate in scholarly activity during the program. Research and quality improvement projects are developed and submitted for presentation at national professional association meetings. Recent posters and papers have been presented at the American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting, The American Medical Director’s Association Annual Meeting and Post Grad Day at Summa Health System. Research collaboration with other faculty is encouraged.

A final benefit of our program is living in the Northeast Ohio area. Whether you love concerts, the outdoors, sporting events, multicultural events, or entertainment, Northeast Ohio and the Akron area has something for you!

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