Geriatric Fellowship Overview

The UPMC St. Margaret Geriatric Fellowship is a 12-month ACGME-approved clinically-based geriatric training program. The program is designed to provide family medicine and internal medicine residency graduates with the unique clinical skills, knowledge, and experiences necessary for delivering high-quality care to the growing geriatric population. Our program offers opportunities to care for geriatric patients across multiple settings including the acute care hospital, sub-acute care, and long-term care settings. UPMC St. Margaret geriatric fellows have the opportunity to work closely with our geriatric faculty in addition to providers from multiple departments including family medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry, physiatry, palliative and supportive medicine, pharmacy, speech therapy, physical therapy, and wound care.

While primarily clinical in nature, the UPMC St. Margaret Geriatric Fellowship affords many opportunities for scholarly activity, formal presentations, writing, and participation in research and quality improvement projects. Further, our geriatric fellows are involved in teaching primary care residents and medical students rotating within the UPMC St. Margaret community. Candidates with a particular interest may consider an optional faculty development track which has been recently developed as a collaborative effort with the University of Pittsburgh UPMC St. Margaret Faculty Development Fellowship, one of the leading faculty development programs in the country. Participation in this optional track leads to candidacy for a faculty development certificate of completion.

UPMC St. Margaret Geriatric fellows are well-prepared, upon completion of the program, to provide quality, evidence-based care to geriatric patients across care settings. Fellows are eligible to receive a Certificate of Added Qualification in Geriatric Medicine after successfully passing the national board examination. Graduates of our program have done well both on national board exams and in their careers. Prior fellows have successfully integrated skills obtained during the fellowship into careers as full or part-time geriatricians, primary care physicians with geriatric emphasis, nursing home providers, wound care specialists, geriatric faculty members and hospitalists, nursing home medical directors, palliative care specialists.




Our program is focused on educating trainees to become geriatric leaders in their community. Our program provides a supportive environment for learners with diverse interests. Many of our learners choose to become clinician-educators, which we support with our strong affiliation with the faculty development fellowship and our strong inpatient geriatric teaching team. Many of our learners remain clinicians, who lead the geriatrics systems in their community. We foster expertise as clinicians and leadership skills in systems-based practice with our strong continuity nursing home and outpatient geriatrics care center experiences. We harness our integrated abilities by partnering with the geriatrics pharmacy residency program, bolstering our didactics, and fostering a multidisciplinary team approach across all levels of care.

About UPMC St. Margaret

Situated on a 21-acre campus near Aspinwall, UPMC St. Margaret is a 249-bed acute care and accredited teaching hospital that has been granted American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition, the highest international recognition for nursing excellence and leadership. With a renewed dedication to more than 250,000 residents of northeastern Allegheny County and the Alle-Kiski Valley, UPMC St. Margaret provides residents convenient access to the area's finest physicians and health care services.