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Harvard Medical School
Multi-Campus Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine

Since 1979, the Harvard Medical School Multi-Campus Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine has attracted physicians who aspire to become leaders in the field. The success of the program has been due in large part to the reputation of the physicians in Hebrew SeniorLife's Department of Medicine who mentor the fellows. Hebrew SeniorLife has contributed to the clinical and academic training of 164 geriatric medicine fellows and another 40 investigators who now hold leadership positions in geriatric clinical, research and education programs around the world. This is the largest number of geriatric fellows trained by any single teaching institution in the U.S. Fellows rotate through Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for at least three months to learn how to provide primary care for elderly people with multiple illnesses. As one of the main sites for the HMS fellowship program, HRC provides administrative leadership, financial, didactic and clinical education resources.

Alan P. Abrams, M.D., M.P.H., program director, says that during the one-year program required for certification, all fellows develop expertise in clinical care, the structure and economics of the health-care delivery system, designing a research project, and teaching geriatrics to interns and residents. Fellows can choose to pursue a second year as clinician-educators or geriatric researchers. Researchers often work with a mentor from HSL's Institute for Aging Research on a project to advance understanding of a medical syndrome, care delivery issue, or basic science affecting the health of elders.

Susan Mitchell, M.D., M.P.H., associate research director for the fellowship program, HSL staff physician, and a senior investigator at the Institute for Aging Research, says the fellows have a major impact on HRC because they are on call on nights and weekends to care for residents and patients. "No other long-term care institution in the country has such a high level of coverage and up-to-date care 24 hours a day," says Dr. Mitchell. 

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