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Our mission is to train fellows to diagnose and manage medical illnesses and injuries related to geriatric medicine in outpatient and inpatient settings and nursing homes. Fellows learn to practice geriatric medicine from a symptoms-based approach.

The USD geriatrics fellowship offers a diverse curriculum over the broad spectrum of geriatrics care and settings. Our fellows have stepped into roles ranging from practicing primary geriatric care to department chairman of a hospital geriatrics departments. Since accreditation in 2010, the Fellowship has graduated fellows from a one-year track and a dedicated part-time track. Many physicians see the need for more geriatric experience but cannot leave practice. The part-time track allows physicians to maintain their practice while receiving additional training. Our diverse curricula stems from our association with Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, Sanford USD Medical Center, the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center and the Good Samaritan Society National Headquarters.

The fellowship features:

  • One-on-one learning experiences with accomplished faculty.
  • Graduates trained to be proficient medical directors of nursing homes and other programs as well as geriatrician hospitalists.
  • Choice of one- or two-year track (part time).

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Is there call? No.
  • Will I attend national meetings? Yes.
  • Will I teach? Fellows are expected to present a noon conference lecture to Internal Medicine residents as well as a Grand Rounds. Fellows are given the opportunity to speak at the South Dakota Medical Directors' Association and have minimal interaction with residents and medical students on rotation.
  • Is there time for research and scholarly activity? Yes.