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Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program

Temple University Hospital/Crozer-Chester Medical Center

The need for trained geriatricians is increasing rapidly as the population ages. The Temple University Hospital Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program is a 12-month clinical experience that prepares internists and family physicians to care for older adults in diverse settings, and to develop the skills necessary for successful careers as clinician-educators.

The ACGME-accredited program leads to eligibility for the ABIM/ABFP examination for board certification in Geriatric Medicine. Program graduates have gone on to become clinical geriatricians, medical directors, academic faculty, researchers and double-boarded subspecialists. 

Temple’s Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program includes clinical exposure to a variety of inpatient, outpatient, and long-term care and community settings. A comprehensive curriculum covers clinical geriatrics, research methodology and statistics, aging in society, nursing home regulations, and ethics.  Fellows work closely with many different disciplines to form interdisciplinary teams in patient care. They also are active in the teaching of medical students, residents, nursing students and social work students. Research and educational opportunities are available and encouraged.

Temple geriatric fellows rotate through the following clinical settings:
Temple University Hospital, a 721-bed academic medical center in urban Philadelphia
Crozer-Chester Medical Center, a 300-bed hospital tertiary suburban hospital

Physicians committed to a career in geriatrics and who complete an ACGME-accredited residency in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine are invited to apply. Applicants must have passed or be scheduled to sit for the Board Certification Exam. They must supply at least two letters of recommendation, an evaluative letter from their residency program director, and passing scores from USMLE Steps I, II, CSA, and III, or the equivalent COMPLEX exams. 

How to Apply:
All applicants must apply via the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Applications will be reviewed starting in August and interviews will occur between September and December.

William Zirker, MD, MPH, Program Director
Division of Geriatric Medicine