The Center for Aging and Health’s Interprofessional Geriatrics Fellowship trains practicing professionals 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
Interprofessional Geriatrics 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.