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Geriatric Medicine


Dr Watkins


The overall goal of the Wake Forest University Geriatrics Fellowship program is to produce graduates that become the next generation of academic and community leaders in Geriatric Medicine.  Our program is focused on developing physicians as skilled and caring geriatricians in the core domains of competency as outlined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Graduates of our program are proficient in medical knowledge related to the nuances of disease processes, cognitive and functional assessment, and evidence-based treatment of older adults. We encourage self-reflective practice and continual improvement.  In addition, we believe it is critically important for geriatricians to have an understanding of: a) current research in aging; b) interprofessional collaboration; c) healthcare systems, policy, models of care, financing; and d) medical direction in clinical venues specializing in the care of older adults, including long term care and the home setting.

The extensive research resources available through our Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center and Kulynych Center for Memory and Cognition Research, among others, provide the opportunity to interact with interdisciplinary faculty members of diverse backgrounds and research interests. Fellows develop skills to critically appraise the literature; throughout their training, they are given the opportunity to participate in research and quality improvement projects.  Recognizing that geriatricians will be leaders in the care of older adults within academic centers and the community, our curriculum emphasizes effective communication and team leadership skills. 

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