Geriatric Medicine Fellowship

University of Maryland Medical Center Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

The University of Maryland Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program offers a traditional one-year clinical fellowship, as well as a 2-year VA-funded research track in Gerontology and Geriatrics for qualified MD post-doctoral fellows.  

The faculty from the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) provides a critical mass with expertise in clinical geriatrics and aging research across the continuum of care.  This core faculty is complemented by a large MD and PhD faculty in the Departments of Neurology, Neuropsychology and Psychiatry, and from the other professional schools of the University of Maryland including Pharmacy, Nursing, Social Work and Physical Therapy.  

In 2014, a collaborative relationship was established between the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Programs of the University of Maryland and the Johns Hopkins University to augment the learning opportunities for the fellows of both institutions.

Physicians (MDs and DOs) who have completed an accredited Internal Medicine or Family Medicine residency are eligible for the one-year clinical track in the ACGME-accredited fellowship program.  The University of Maryland will consider graduates of international medical schools on J-1 visas who have completed a residency in the United States.  Fellows are exposed to the entire spectrum of geriatric medicine, including sub-acute inpatient care, consultations, outpatient clinics, long-term care, hospice and palliative care, and home care.  Upon completion of the required 12 clinical months, fellows are well-prepared for careers clinical practice in either community or academic settings and eligible for certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) or the American Board of Family Practice (ABFP) in Geriatric Medicine.

Physicians who have completed residency and at least one year of clinical fellowship in Geriatric Medicine or other subspecialties are eligible for the Advanced Fellowship in Geriatrics at the Baltimore Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC).  This research training program prepares fellows for academic careers with a focus on aging.  Trainees learn to conduct basic or clinical research in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, genetics or applied physiology; in addition, instruction is provided in preparation of grant proposals and manuscripts, as well as teaching.  

Fellows are mentored by a well-funded multi-disciplinary MD and PhD faculty, with ample laboratory and educational resources, and guaranteed at least 75% protected time for 2 years.  At the completion of this training, fellows are well-prepared for mentored career-development awards to launch their academic careers.  Candidates for the Advanced Fellowship should be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.