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Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at North Shore University Hospital & Long Island Jewish Medical Center (NS/LIJ)

The Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at North Shore University Hospital & Long Island Jewish Medical Center (NS/LIJ) is the oldest geriatric training program in the U.S. Founded in 1975 by Dr. Leslie Libow, the program has graduated hundreds of geriatric fellows who have become academic leaders in geriatric medicine.

The one-year fellowship emphasizes excellence in geriatric patient care in a variety of clinical settings, from hospital to outpatient community centers, including faculty practice, assisted living, and senior citizen groups. Fellows are mentored throughout the interdisciplinary continuum of geriatric care, from acute hospital care to palliative and hospice services. Close interactions with other fellowship programs have been developed for better understanding of the complexity of healthcare delivery in older adults, in particular the Zucker-Hillside Geropsychiatry and the Northwell Health Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship Programs.

The geriatric medicine fellows provide both primary care and consultation services for elderly patients in acute, ambulatory, community, and long-term care settings and the hospice program in order to better understand the interaction of natural aging and disease, as well as the techniques of assessment, therapy, and management. Additionally, geriatric fellows care for healthy older persons, who require primarily preventive healthcare measures.

The program emphasizes the physiology of aging, the pathophysiology that commonly occurs in older persons, atypical presentations of illnesses, functional assessment, cognitive status and affective assessment, concepts of treatment, and management in both the acute and long-term care settings as well as in the community and in the home, through home care and hospice programs. Behavioral aspects of illness, socioeconomic factors, and ethical and legal considerations that may impinge on medical management are included in the curriculum.

Senior care services include senior home care, rehabilitation services, geriatric medical services and other programs that focus on palliative care.

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Application process

Applicants interested in the geriatric medicine training program at Northwell Health should apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), which allows applications starting July 14.

No applications are reviewed after Oct. 31.

Essential application information includes:

  • Common application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation that are no more than 6 months old from the date of application
  • ECFMG Status Report, if applicable

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Gisele Patricia Wolf-Klein, MD

Specialties: Geriatric Medicine, Internal Medicine

Contact details:

Karen Friedman, MD, FACP
Vice Chair, Education
Program Director
[email protected]
(718) 470-7717

Kelly Spielmann, MS, C-TAGME
Manager, Training Program
[email protected]
(516) 562-4764