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Geriatric Medicine

Geriatric Fellowship Training


At Wake Forest School of Medicine, the fellowship training in Geriatric Medicine host three training pathways:

  • a 12-month clinical fellowship
  • a 2-year clinician-scholar training in clinical geriatrics and research
  • 2-year sequential training in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

Each training pathway utilizes the substantial resources of the J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation. The Sticht Center, which opened in April 1997, is a state-of-the-art center dedicated to geriatric clinical care, research, and education.  It combines the resources of the Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine of the Department of Internal Medicine, the Department of Psychiatry, the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the Department of Public Health Sciences.  Multiple levels of geriatric care are represented within its continuum of services: acute care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, geriatric psychiatry, ambulatory care (primary and consultative), and home visits. Our affiliated continuing care retirement communities host every level of long-term care, including assisted living and Medicare-certified, nursing-home based rehabilitation. Research areas include the biology of aging, clinical trials, and health services and policy research. Over 25 clinical and research faculty are available to support fellows’ career development. 

Our Philosophy

The Fellowship Program focuses on developing the clinical and leadership skills necessary to thrive in the changing world of healthcare delivery. Our “Function First” approach applies the evidence base in geriatric medicine to optimize older adults’ physical and cognitive function, manage multiple chronic conditions, and address functional decline and memory impairment. Our fellows gain experience across a variety of care settings and models of care, leading interprofessional teams and preparing for the future of healthcare delivery. Training experiences are may be individualized to the fellow’s career interests.

“Under the leadership of a superb faculty, the Fellowship training in geriatrics has been enriched to become by far one of the strongest programs in country.”
Jeff D. Williamson, MD, MHS
Interim Chair, Department of Internal Medicine

“Our fellowship provides fellows with one of the most well-rounded fellowship experiences you can get—from our inpatient ACE unit to extensive experience in geriatrics and memory consultative clinics.”
Kaycee M. Sink, MD, MS
Department of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

“Our fellowship offers a strong foundation of geriatric medicine that prepares fellows to provide expert care for older adults across multiple settings, to lead interprofessional teams, and to serve as future leaders in geriatric medicine.”
Kathryn E. Callahan, MD, MS
Program Director, Clinical Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine

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