Richard C. Wender, MD
Alumni Professor &
Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine
The Department of Family and Community Medicine at Jefferson Medical College offers postgraduate training in Geriatric Medicine through a one-year clinical Fellowship. At completion of one year, the Geriatric Fellowship graduate may sit for the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatrics. Individuals interested in advanced research training may apply for an additional year through the Primary Care Research Fellowship.
Candidates must have completed an ACGME accredited three-year residency in either Family Medicine or Internal Medicine prior to Fellowship. The Jefferson Geriatric Fellowship is fully accredited by the ACGME and is recognized for excellence in clinical programs.
The fellowship is supported by fellowship-trained geriatricians with certificates of added qualification (CAQ) in geriatrics in the Department of Family Medicine, Jefferson University Geriatric Specialists. The Geriatric Fellows also benefit from direct teaching by skilled experts in a variety of clinical settings. Geriatric faculty supervise fellows in long-term care, outpatient practice, geriatric assessment, home-visits, and in a hospital-based consultation program. Fellows also receive training with specialists in the areas of geriatric psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine, rheumatology, osteoporosis, urology, uro-gynecology, and neurology. An important resource for the Fellowship program is its relationship with Jefferson’s Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry Unit. Fellows provide medical care to the Geriatric Psychiatry unit's patients and receive training in common psychiatric illnesses of older adults. Elective time is available to train fellows in additional areas of interest.
The Geriatric Fellowship curriculum emphasizes both longitudinal & block experiences. Fellows assume the role of primary care provider for their patients and are given opportunity to track their patients' progress over time. Clinical experience is supplemented by weekly seminars in which case discussion and didactic instruction ensure that Fellows meet learning objectives of the curriculum. Geriatric Fellows are exposed to the administrative concerns of a geriatrician by participating in medical director's groups and multidisciplinary team meetings.
The Department of Family Medicine provides a core curriculum for all Fellows in: teaching, administration, grant writing, professional writing, computer skills, statistics, and research.
The geriatric faculty at Jefferson are committed to enhancing the lives of older adults through an individualized, multidisciplinary approach to the patient which emphasizes function and optimal quality of life, and through emphasis on wellness programs. The Geriatric faculty enjoys having the opportunity to train individuals with a similar commitment, and welcome your interest and application.
Richard C. Wender, MD
Department of Family & Community Medicine
1015 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107