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Our Geriatric Medicine Fellowship is a one-year ACGME accredited program that participates in the NRMP Match utilizing ERAS as our application system. The fellowship consists of four fellows who are board eligible in Internal or Family Medicine and are also eligible for the American Board of Internal Medicine Subspecialty examination on Geriatric Medicine. During your year as a fellow you will develop clinical, educational and research excellence while working with the best physicians dedicated to caring for the elderly. U.S. News & World Report ranks Rush University Medical Center’s geriatrics services 15th in the nation. Established in 1986, our fellowship is the oldest in Illinois.

In our program, you’ll work closely with faculty in a collegial, yet academically challenging environment. You’ll benefit from the vast array of resources Rush offers, including geriatric interdisciplinary team training, the distinguished Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, the Center for Excellence in Aging, and the hospice and palliative medicine program, which trains fellows in symptom management, end-of-life decision-making and hospice care.

Training takes place in several settings, including Rush University Medical Center, a top academic medical center proud of its core values of innovation, collaboration, accountability, respect and excellence (I CARE); Rush Oak Park Hospital, an affiliated community hospital; and Warren Barr Pavilion, Rush’s state-of-the-art rehab facility. As a busy referral center, Rush attracts patients from many surrounding suburbs and states, offering you a highly diverse population from a variety of cultural, ethnic, racial, socioeconomic and religious backgrounds.

You’ll be supported in research activities and encouraged to present abstracts and posters at American Geriatrics Society national meetings, among others. An additional fellowship year dedicated to research can be individually arranged.

Goals and Objectives for Training

The purpose of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship is to produce excellent clinical and academic geriatricians to alleviate the acute shortage of practitioners given the demographic imperative with the aging population. Goals are mentioned and foremost to produce clinicians who are well versed in primary care and consultative care of the aging patient in addition to palliative care and long-term care. It is highly desirable that the trainees become academic physicians and they are provided with the means to be successful and go on to significant careers in the academic field, both with respect to teaching and research. Our fellows are team players - we feel that everyone plays a crucial role, and should be judged on their passion and performance in that role. The breadth of a generalist with the depth of a specialist; a master of complexity: the ideal geriatric fellow.

How to apply

We accepts four fellows annually and sponsor both J-1 and H1-B international visas. Candidates must have completed training in internal medicine or family medicine by the fellowship start date.

Please submit your application by November 1 through the Electronic Residency Application Service. Our program is listed as Rush University Med Ctr-IL, Geriatric Medicine. Information about completing the ERAS application, required fees, how to request an ERAS application access token and more is available on the ERAS website.

A completed application must include the following:

  • At least three letters of recommendation, including one from your residency program director
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates certification, if applicable
  • Board scores
  • Proof of current licensure
  • Personal statement
  • Recent photo

Candidates selected to interview will be notified by email and will meet with the program director, assistant program director, or section director, as well as key faculty members and current fellows. Interviews are conducted from mid-September through January.

To apply outside of ERAS, please request a paper application by emailing our program administrator Christine Roman. If you have further questions, please contact Christine via email or at (312) 942-5321. Our fax number is (312) 942-8399.