The Center for Aging and Health’s Interprofessional Geriatrics Fellowship trains practicing professional in core principles and best practices of older adult health. Basically, the one-year Fellowship program seeks to provide more older North Carolinians — including those in underserved or rural areas — with high-quality care informed by best practices and recent research in geriatric medicine.
Each year we select three to four IPE fellows from medicine, pharmacy, nursing or dentistry through a competitive process. Specifically, the Fellowship team learns about, with and from each other as they immerse themselves in a practice-based geriatrics project. Also, the Fellowship creates a unique opportunity to build team care across the continuum of services. What’s more, the team truly delivers person-centered, high quality geriatrics in a real world setting.
Funded through our Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, the IP Fellowship has trained two cohorts since 2016. What’s more, a third class will begin in 2021. Due to COVID-19 the 2020-2021 fellowship program is suspended but projected to resume for the 2021-2022 fellowship year.
Previous IP Fellowship Projects
2017-2018 IPE fellows worked with the Program for All Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE) at the Piedmont Health Services in Pittsboro, NC to develop a protocol for addressing unexplained weight loss among PACE patients. The 2018-2019 IPE Fellowship cohort completed a qualitative study on key components of “The Ideal Outpatient Visit for Older Adults.”
How to Apply
Fellowship opportunities begin in July and run for one or two years. In addition, a stipend for support is available. Applications will be due June 1, 2021. For more information on applying to the Interprofessional Fellowship, contact Cristine Henage.