Build Experience in Daily Management of Patients

Geriatric medicine fellows build experience in the daily management and continuity of care for elderly patients with particular respect to their functional status and cognitive ability. Fellows are expected to demonstrate professionalism, interpersonal communications skills, medical knowledge, comprehension of pathophysiology, development of differential diagnoses, formulation of management plans and dissemination of plan of care by presentations in various clinical settings and at clinical conferences. The care and management of geriatric patients will be specifically addressed in inpatient, ambulatory and long-term care settings.


Fellows rotate for one to two months in ambulatory continuity care, long-term continuing care, inpatient units, geriatric psychiatry, acute rehabilitation, subacute rehabilitation, home care, PACE (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly), Geriatric Medicine Consult Service, dementia and an elective (in urology, neurology or ethics or with the Visiting Nurses Association, Albany College of Pharmacy or public health).

An acute rehabilitation rotation is conducted at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady, an inpatient and outpatient treatment facility and the only stand-alone hospital in the region devoted to helping people recover from traumatic injuries, illnesses, and major surgeries.

Areas of Expertise

Fellows will learn methodologies for assessment of the problems of providing health care services for elder populations. These include research methodologies related to geriatric medicine, including biostatistics, clinical epidemiology, medical informatics, information sciences, decision analysis, and critical literature review, and research design, cross-sectional and longitudinal methods. Communication skills in delivering case reports, literature searches, and research papers, communication to care teams.