University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Geriatrics Medicine Clinical Fellowship

Basic Program Description

Introduction The Geriatric Medicine Clinical Fellowship is co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin (UW) Department of Medicine and the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. This ACGME-accredited fellowship has successfully trained physicians in geriatrics for over 35 years. Fellowship-trained geriatricians and PhD scientists participate in educating and mentoring fellows. The extensive number of scientists and clinician-scientists with active and successful research programs make this fellowship uniquely balanced between clinical care and research opportunities. Fellows are offered one year of clinical training in geriatrics that fulfills the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and ABIM/ABFP. Distinct opportunities exist for research fellowship following this clinical fellowship year for candidates who wish to apply.

Clinical Fellows learn to provide geriatric care in a number of different settings as both a primary care geriatrician and a consultant. The fellowship is organized with both block experiences and year-long longitudinal training. Specifically, fellows complete three one-month rotations on our Acute Care for Elders Team and VA Geriatrics consult team. There are two  eight-week blocks dedicated to our numerous geriatric specialty clinics. A six-week Palliative Care and Hospice rotation, six weeks at our Teaching Nursing home administration and rehabilitation, and a four-week Community Care rotation that exposes fellows to transitions of care, adult daycare, home care and quality improvement activities.

Fellows provide primary care within a half-day per week geriatric clinic at the University and half-day in the VA Geriatric Evaluation and Management Continuity Clinic over the twelve months. The VA clinic has a unique and well-developed staffing model that incorporates combined geriatric medicine and geriatric psychiatry oversight.

The geriatric specialty clinic rotation includes time spent in the UW problem-focused clinics:

  • Falls and Mobility
  • Osteoporosis
  • Memory Assessment
  • Geriatric Sleep Disorders
  • UW Swallowing/Dysphagia Clinic
  • Geriatric Assessment.

The VA problem-oriented clinics include:

  • Gero-psychiatry
  • Older Women's Health
  • Osteoporosis
  • Memory Assessment
  • Falls and Balance
  • Geriatric Sleep

All clinic experiences provide opportunities to work on interdisciplinary teams.

Research Opportunities Fellows are not required to conduct research activity during this one-year clinical fellowship. Candidates interested in pursuing an advanced research fellowship must meet certain VA, University and Federal guidelines. Interested individuals are directed to the UW Geriatric Medicine Academic Fellowship program.

For More Information contact:
Debra Swann, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: (608) 262-8597 Fax: (608) 263-7645