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Providing emergency care to the older adult population (aged 65 years and older) presents a unique challenge as older adults often have multiple co-morbidities, complex social situations, and limited abilities to advocate for themselves. As this population grows to an estimated 25% of emergency department visits in 2020, it is imperative that emergency physicians are prepared to clinically care for these patients and to lead health care reform to better meet their needs at a system level. Geriatric Emergency Medicine (GEM) Fellowships were created to meet this need. The UNC Geriatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship is one or two years in length, with additional graduate course work expected in the two-year program. The fellowship provides strong clinical training in care specific to older adults, with an additional focus on research, education, or administration.

Program Director

Program Benefits


  • Weekly geriatrics fellows conferences
  • Clinical experiences in geriatrics inpatient, outpatient, pharmacy, psychiatry, critical care, wound care, hospice, palliative care, and others
  • Attendance at national emergency medicine and geriatrics meetings

Fellowship Projects

  • Development of scholarly project
  • Create and deliver multiple resident and medical student lectures
  • Multi-disciplinary educational collaborations
  • QI project to improve ED care for older adults
  • Creation of online and/or podcast learning materials

Clinical Excellence

  • Academic and community clinical practice
  • Junior faculty role and requirements
  • Emergency Medicine Board Certification

Salary and Benefits

  • Full Medical/Dental/Vision Plan
  • Matching 401K
  • CME & travel funds

Application Requirements

All application materials must be submitted by September 30th of each year.

A selection committee will interview top candidates and announce appointments on November 14th or after.

All applications must include the following:

  • Two letters of recommendation. One should be from your Residency Program Director. Letters should address your ability to work with vulnerable patient populations including older adults, to develop and implement a research project with a faculty mentor, commitment to education, and to provide quality clinical care.
  • updated curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement (1-2 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing a fellowship in Geriatric Emergency Medicine and interest in applying to UNC.