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The Institute of Healthy Aging at The University of Texas Health Science Center and Audie L. Murphy Veterans Affairs Medical Center offer 1 clinical and 2 year advanced Geriatric Medicine Fellowships. The fully accredited program is primarily designed to prepare strong leaders for careers in academic geriatrics and clinical geriatrics (Outpatient, Inpatient, Palliative care and Long term care).
Fellowships are jointly sponsored by the Department of Internal Medicine, the Department of Family & Community Medicine of the University of Texas Health Science Center and the Audie L. Murphy Veterans Affairs Medical Center and The Barshop Center of Aging. The integrated program shares a common core of clinical, educational, quality improvement and research activities. Graduate work towards a Masters in Clinical Science is also available. This collaboration makes the fellowship experiences very rich and provides with a variety of clinical and academic venues.
The clinical care curriculum includes participation in both community-based and VA-based GEM( Geriatric Evaluation and Management )continuity clinics, an outpatient evaluation unit, a Palliative care consultation service, on-site Veterans and community-based nursing homes, home care and hospice programs and ACE (Acute Care of Elderly)Unit.
In addition to enhancing their more traditional diagnostic and treatment skills, the fellow will develop competence as a teacher, teaching internal medicine and family medicine residents, along with medical students and other healthcare professionals from the inter-professional teams at the ACE unit and the Palliative care inter-professional team.
San Antonio offers also a Palliative care fellowship and an inter-professional palliative care fellowship (chaplains, social worker, pharmacy, psychology). All fellows share several of the clinical rotations as well as inter professional didactics making the geriatrics training very strong in palliative care philosophy and inter professional work.
Fellows develop research skills and are expected to design, conduct, analyze and present a research and/or Quality improvement project at the American Geriatrics Society annual meeting (www.americangeriatrics.org) and/or the American Medical Directors Association Meeting (www.amda.com). Fellows have the opportunity to work with a large and varied group of faculty nationally and internationally recognized from the sponsoring departments as well as many other sub-specialists on campus and in the community.