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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 and educational 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 19th 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, the distinguished Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, the Center for Excellence in Aging, the FAIR (Functional Assessment and Individualized Recommendations) Clinic 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 well as patients homes in the Rush at Home: Home Based Primary Care Program.  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. 

Mission Statement

To be the premier Center for Excellence in all aspects of Geriatric and Palliative care, education and research that will enhance the quality of life for elderly individuals locally, nationally and internationally. 

Program Aims

  1. Provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the promotion of health and the management of health problems related to aging
  2. Apply evidence-based medicine to the care of patients
  3. Learn to care for patients by proactively working with patients, their families, and an interdisciplinary team 
  4. Provide direct and consultative care for diverse populations of elderly patients in multiple settings including home ambulatory, inpatient, and skilled nursing facility 

COVID-19 effects on the 2020 Interview Season 

Candidates will be reviewed and selected for interviews, keeping in mind the unique and unusual circumstances where COVID-19 may have affected our applicants’ medical training. We will conduct all interviews for the 2020 season using virtual means from August through October. 

How to apply

We accept four fellows annually and sponsor both J-1 and H1-B International visas. Candidates must have completed an ACGME accredited residency 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

To apply outside of ERAS, please request an 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.

Commitment to Diversity 

Diversity, equity and inclusion are critical to our mission at Rush. We strive to create a learning communitywhere fellows, faculty and staff of all backgrounds feel welcome and supported, and have the opportunity to share their own experiences.

For more information, please visit Diversity and Inclusion at Rush.