The Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care offers fellowships in both Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care. Candidates with interests in both specialties may apply for both fellowships. Opportunities for advanced, academic training are available to graduates of both fellowship programs.
The Geriatric Medicine Fellowship is structured to provide 12 months of mentored clinical experiences that annually prepare up to 3 board-eligible or certified internists or family medicine physicians to pursue certification in Geriatrics. The Geriatric Medicine Fellowship focuses on the development of physician leaders dedicated to improving the health and well-being of older adults and their families through academic or community-based careers. Fellows with interests in pursuing academic or leadership positions as researchers, teachers or administrators are encouraged to pursue an additional 2 or 3 years of advanced training. Advanced training in Geriatrics can be provided through the John A. Hartford Foundation-funded Southeast Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine (SCEGM) or through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Special Fellowship in Advanced Geriatrics. UAB and the Birmingham VA offer multiple other potential advanced training opportunities after completion of the one year of clinically oriented training in Geriatric Medicine, including the possibility of pursuing training in palliative care. Geriatric Medicine Fellows participate in several month-long rotations, which have special relevance to the aging process including long-term care, medical direction, palliative care, acute care, geriatric psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and medical wards. Fellows also gain experience through block month activities including home-based primary care and clinics focusing on continence, geriatric assessment, memory disorders, fall prevention and mobility, wound care, heart failure, osteoporosis, and movement disorders. For additional information and a downloadable application, go to the UAB Geriatric Medicine Fellowship web page.
The UAB Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program has been training leaders in academic Palliative Medicine since 2000, making it one of the oldest and most established training programs in the country. Our one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship offers a rigorous interdisciplinary education in palliative care at UAB Hospitals, the Birmingham VA Medical Center, and Children's of Alabama. Fellows also receive training in the outpatient setting through the UAB Supportive Care & Survivorship Clinic, the UAB HIV Palliative Care Clinic, and through partnerships with community hospices and long term care facilities. In addition to clinical skills, the curriculum includes training in palliative research methodology and quality improvement, teaching skills, and palliative care and hospice business and administration. The balance and breadth of experience ensures that fellows are ready to practice in the inpatient, ambulatory, or hospice settings upon completion of the fellowship training. For more information, visit the Center for Palliative Care webpage.