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Family Medicine Geriatric Fellowship

The department of Family Medicine offers a 12-month accredited geriatric fellowship. The patient-oriented training program encompasses didactic and bedside instruction, analysis of current literature, and the opportunities for both clinical and laboratory research.

The geriatric training program is devoted primarily to clinical geriatrics. The geriatric fellow will have the opportunity to care for geriatric patients in various sites, including acute inpatient medicine, an outpatient continuity care clinic, as well as an outpatient comprehensive geriatric assessment clinic. Substantial time is spent in long-term care, including both intermediate long-term care, as well as short-stay rehabilitation. The program also offers an inpatient geriatric consultation service and house-call experiences both in private homes, personal-care homes and assisted living. The geriatric fellow will have rotations with both inpatient and outpatient physical medicine, a rotation on an inpatient geropsych unit, and inpatient/outpatient neurology. It includes a research experience and time for electives. The geriatric fellow will also have structured experience in hospice and an adult daycare center with a PACE program. The program also includes a 2-week rotation in gait and balance disorders.

At the end of the 12-month rotation, the geriatric fellow will be eligible to sit for the exam to obtain a certificate of added qualification in geriatric medicine and will be prepared for either a clinical practice oriented career or an academic practice oriented career.

For further information regarding the fellowship, you can contact Margaret Thompson, Geriatric Fellowship Coordinator, at 806 351-3777 ext 288 or e-mail at   

12-Month Curriculum

  • PGY- 4 Rotations
  • In-patient Medicine (2 months) Physical Medicine Rehabilitation (1 month)
  • Neurology (1 month) Geropsych (1 month)
  • Hospice Care (2 weeks) Adult Day Care (2 weeks)
  • Sub-Acute Rehab - Long Term Care (2 months) Electives (2 months)
  • Research (1 month)
  • Long-Term Care, Balance/Gait Disorder Clinic, Memory Disorder Clinic


Professional Organizations

  • Your membership dues for the following organizations will be paid for by the Department. American Academy of Family Physicians & Texas Academy of Family Physicians (for FM trained fellows) American College of Physicians (for IM trained fellows)
  • Texas Medical Association Potter-Randall County Medical Society
  • Participation in these organizations is strongly encouraged, but not required.
  • The fellow will receive twenty (20) working days of paid vacation. The time off must be approved by the Geriatric Fellowship Director, and coordinated with your current rotation schedule.
  • Books/Membership Dues/CME
  • The fellow, as a PGY-4 resident, is allotted $750.00. CME time is to be approved by the Geriatric Fellowship Director, and coordinated with your affected schedule.


  • Salaries:
  • Academic Year 2010 - 2011
  • PGY 4 - $47,000.00
  • Other benefits:
  • Reimbursement for relocation/interview expenses in the amount of $200.00
  • Paid health/dental/life/disability insurance
  • Professional liability insurance
  • 12 days paid sick leave per year
  • Free use of exercise facilities at BSA
  • Free covered or uncovered parking at BSA Hospital adjacent to the Center for Family Medicine
  • Access to Harrington Library of the Health Sciences Center, including electronic access
  • Lab coats provided and professionally dry cleaned
  • Meal allowance for on-call nights
  • Free 1 day CME symposium offered by the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, Panhandle Chapter. (2 symposiums per year - April & October, 12 hours of CME available at each