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 Southeast Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine web page.
The UAB Palliative Care Fellowship Program offers one, two, or three year experiences with a broad curriculum and educational sites including home hospice, ambulatory Supportive and Palliative Care clinics, HIV/AIDS treatment clinics, inpatient palliative care units at UAB and Birmingham VA Medical Center, etc. The fellowship program received accreditation through the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (ABHPM) in July 2009. All faculty members in the Palliative and Supportive Care Section are involved in the educational program. The Palliative Care Fellowship Program at UAB enrolled its first graduate in training in July of 2000 and has been a leader in the education of physicians seeking advance training in Palliative Medicine since that time. Most graduates of the program are now practicing palliative medicine on a full time basis in Birmingham and other parts of the country. To date the program has a 100% success rate in board certification of its graduates through the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (ABHPM). For more information, go to the Center for Palliative Care webpage.