Geriatric Medicine Fellowship
The goal of our one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship program is to provide fellows with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to achieve excellence in clinical geriatrics, teaching, and research. Geriatrics at Northwestern Memorial Hospital is ranked 8th in the nation (#1 in Illinois), according to US News and World Report (July 2021).
Beginning 7/1/2023, we will have an increased complement of two Geriatrics Fellows each year.
Dr. Harsimran SinghUndergrad: University of California, Davis
MD: St. George's University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Illinois-affiliated Mercy Health Hospital Program
The fellowship program offers clinical experiences covering the full spectrum of problems confronted by aging individuals. Program sites include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, The Clare (a skilled nursing facility, or SNF) and Wesley Place (a SNF/long-term care facility).
Didactic lectures covering all core geriatrics topics, including physiology, biology, genetics, evaluation, therapy, social and legal aspects of geriatrics related disorders are reviewed during weekly sessions and are also integrated into clinical interactions with key faculty from geriatrics and other related disciplines. Targeted assigned readings from the primary literature accompany each lecture to broaden the fellow's exposure to foundational geriatrics literature. In addition, selected topics from a comprehensive reading list covering core geriatrics areas from Hazzards Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology are explored weekly. Of note, each fellow is provided with the most up to date version of Hazzards.
Journal Club is held on select Wednesdays where research and clinical faculty present critical reviews of current studies and teach fundamental skills in critical appraisal of scientific literature.
A typical fellowship year includes:
- Inpatient consultation service restricted to transitioning patients safely to short-term rehabilitation facilities.
- Inpatient psychiatry liaison service with outpatient geriatric psychiatry; this rotation is led by exceptional faculty in psychiatry.
- Specialty rotations in Bone Health and Osteoporosis, Neurology Movement Disorder, Neurology Cognitive Disorders, Urogynecology, Palliative Medicine, and Rehabilitation Medicine & Wound Care.
- Fellows rotate 4 months through the homecare program, which is led by a facile and creative Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN).
- The longitudinal (year) experience is a robust one and includes rotations at a traditional nursing home, a CMS designated 5-STAR continuing care retirement community (CCRC), and two weekly Geriatrics Ambulatory Clinics.
Our fellowship seeks to graduate inquiry driven geriatricians, thus Fellows engage in a parallel one year mentored medical education research program through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Fellows receive a certificate at the end of the program.The PD and other senior scholars will provide mentorship to the fellow in this research activity.
The fellow must also complete a Quality Initiative Project that focuses on an existing or anemerging geriatrics safety issue during the tenure of the program and must submit an abstract of this work to a relevant national society meeting for poster and/or oral presentation
Our faculty comprises experienced and dedicated geriatricians with clinical foci and research backgrounds in dementia, hospital safety/transitional care, cancer in aging, HIV and cancer, cancer drug safety, cancer survivorship, comparative effectiveness analyses, pharmacoeconomic studies, infectious diseases in aging, osteoporosis and bone biology and long-term care. Formal collaboration in research and geriatrics/gerontology education exists between the division and other centers at Northwestern University. Clinical collaborations exist with the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, The Clare and Wesley Place.
The Department of Medicine at Northwestern University seeks to attract inquisitive, motivated residents and fellows and is committed to providing them with every opportunity for success. The greatest challenges facing the medical field are complex, and addressing them will require a diverse body of physicians and researchers who can work collaboratively. Northwestern offers unparalleled training and research opportunities and encourages fellowship applications from those who seek to become future leaders in the subspecialties of medicine. We are committed to and inspired by a diverse and inclusive work environment that allows each trainee to achieve their personal goals.
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For candidates applying for the 2023-2024 entering class, our application process and requirements are as follows:
- All applicants must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited Internal Medicine or Family Medicine Residency program and be eligible for the American Board of Internal Medicine's certification exam prior to the start of fellowship training.
- The fellow must have passed USMLE I, II and III at the time of application to the program and all scores must be made available.
- All applicants must be eligible for an unrestricted Illinois Medical License prior to beginning training.
- If applicable, applicants must have a valid ECFMG certification and be a U.S. citizen, Permanent Resident (green-card holder) or hold a J-1 visa.
We are currently accepting applications through the ERAS system ONLY.
Training in a three-year, ACGME-accredited Internal Medicine or Family Medicine program in the U.S. and a valid Illinois medical license is required. A complete application includes a personal statement, three original letters of recommendation (including a letter from your program director), USLME or COMLEX scores plus the ERAS application form.
Dr. Jennnifer Rocio Delgado Felipa (2021-2022)
Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Windham Hospital, Hartford Healthcare Medical Group
Affiliated Assistant Professor, UConn School of Medicine
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