Internal Medicine Residents who wish to pursue an Academic, research based career in Geriatric Medicine may decide to follow the Research Pathway of Fellowship training as outlined by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Residents may begin Fellowship training after 24 months of training in an Internal Medicine residency program. Fellows on this pathway must then complete an additional four years fellowship training (for a total of 6 years of training -- 2 years of residency followed by 4 years of fellowship). This training for Geriatrics consists of 12 months of for the Clinical Year training and 3 years of Research training. During the 36 months of Research training, the fellow will have 80% protected time and will receive specific mentoring. During this time, the Fellows will continue to see continuity Geriatric patients in the clinic.
Fellows who pursue this pathway must be committed to a Research career. Fellows on this pathway may not sit for their Geriatric board exam until they are in their final (6th) year of training (4th year of fellowship).
We have had several Fellows who have very successfully completed their training along this pathway. Many of the fellows obtain an MPH through the highly ranked UNC School of Public Health. Our fellows who have completed this pathway begin their academic careers with a solid foundation in research, most with publications and national presentations.