Division of Geriatrics

Joshua D. Uy, MD Thank you for your interest in the Geriatric Fellowship Program of the University of Pennsylvania. As a national leader in research, medical education and clinical care, the Perelman School of Medicine provides fellows with a wealth of resources and opportunities to train future geriatricians. The goal of the fellowship is to produce future academic leaders in clinical care, health leadership and quality improvement, education and research.

The foundation of the fellowship is a one year clinical experience designed to achieve excellence in every core competency of geriatrics and develop future academic potential. Fellows will train at a variety of clinical sites to get a breadth of experience. Training will be led by 20 faculty, many of whom have national recognition for their expertise in clinical care, research and education and have served in leadership positions in various academic geriatric organizations.

For those interested in further training to prepare for an academic career, there are opportunities to have second and third years focused on education, quality improvement and health leadership, research and areas of clinical focus. Many of these opportunities include getting a certificate or master's degree.

Fellows have gone on to a wide variety of successful careers.

Joshua Uy, MD

Current Fellows

2019 Geriatric fellows
The 2019-2020 fellows include, from left, Hishen Dang (Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific), Emily Fessler (Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania), Mariana Gonzalez (Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine), and Rose Onyeali (University of Virginia School of Medicine).

How to Apply

The University of Pennsylvania Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) beginning in early July and participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) Medical Specialties Match, which occurs in early December.

There are four (4) available positions annually for our Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) continuously accredited training program. Our program ACGME ID# is 151412060.

Applicants must have or meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of a U.S.-based internal medicine or family medicine residency program
  • MD or DO degree
  • J-1 or H1B visa-eligible, if a non-U.S. citizen (institution will sponsor)

Required application materials include:

  • ERAS application
  • CV
  • Personal statement
  • Medical school transcript/Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  • USMLE/COMLEX scores
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (at least one letter from a residency program director preferred)

Interview dates for the 2019 recruitment season (fellowship start: July 2020) are as follows:

  • Friday – 8/30
  • Friday – 9/6
  • Friday – 9/13
  • Friday – 10/11
  • Friday – 10/25
  • Friday – 11/1

Other key dates to note are as follows:

  • June 6 – Register for MyERAS - visit ERAS Fellowship Documents Office (EFDO) and/or contact designated dean/previous training institution as required
  • July 1 – ERAS opens for submission of application materials
  • July 15 – Program will begin review of applications
  • August 2 – First round interview invitations sent
  • September 2 – Deadline for submission of applications
  • November 20 – Rank order list submitted to NRMP
  • December 4 – NRMP Match Day

As a program, we are committed to the following:

  • Adherence to the NRMP code of conduct regarding communication
  • Will only offer same number of interviews to match number of interview spots
  • Applicants will have at least 1 week to reply after an interview spot is offered
  • Applicants will receive a clear and timely response from the program after an application is submitted
  • No post-interview communication or visits are required or encouraged to ensure equitable fair and balanced consideration of every application

Statement on Diversity and Wellness:

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the development of our fellows and the care we deliver. Professionalism is at the core of everything we do. We vigorously practice a policy of non-discrimination and actively seek to build a diverse fellows’ class in order to meet the needs of our increasingly multicultural aging population and foster a rich learning environment welcoming and including racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and individuals from across the socioeconomic spectrum.

We also value wellness during training. Recognizing that burnout is a serious issue among residents and that we hope for a long and productive career for our trainees, an important goal of the fellowship is to fully support the wellness of our trainees in the structure and curriculum of the fellowship.

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