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Hurley Medical Center Education & Research - Flint, Michigan

Geriatric Medicine

Program Overview

The Geriatric Fellowship Program at Hurley Medical Center is a fully developed clinical and educational curriculum that provides a well-supervised, hands-on educational experience in the management of elderly patients with a wide variety of medical issues and preventive health needs. Affiliated with the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (MSU CHM), the Geriatric Fellowship program enables fellows to further develop their skills as a practicing physician while obtaining additional qualifications in the field of geriatrics. Our record speaks for itself: 100 percent of Hurley’s geriatric fellows have passed the board certification exam in geriatric medicine upon completion of the fellowship.

Geriatric Fellowship Program Strengths

The Hurley Geriatric Fellowship Program is the only such program in the Flint area and is fully supported by Hurley Medical Center and the MSU-CHM. Our faculty is extraordinarily stable — virtually all of our physicians have held long-term positions at Hurley and within the MSU-CHM. 

With a well-established Senior Services program, geriatric outpatient clinic and geriatric inpatient service, Hurley has a patient base of more than 1,000 older adults who present fellows with a wide array of medical problems. The fellow has the ability to provide both primary care and consultation for patients in acute ambulatory and long-term settings in order to understand the interactions of natural aging and disease, as well as to learn techniques of assessment, therapy and management. Hurley Medical Center boasts an Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) unit, as well as a NICHE team and a geriatric fracture center, so the fellow can see first-hand how top-notch health care models work for older adults and their health care teams. Additionally, the fellow has the ability to care for persons who are generally healthy and require primarily preventive health care measures. The Geriatric Fellowship Program also provides fellows with opportunities to conduct research and clinical trials with the elderly.

Quality of life — both professional and personal — is an important component of the fellowship. Fellows are not required to take call duty and are able to focus their energies on developing their skills as physicians and researchers. Located one hour north of Detroit, Hurley Medical Center is at the center of a vibrant urban and educational setting, with many of Michigan’s natural wonders just a short drive away.

Geriatric Fellowship Program Curriculum

The fellowship program prepares the fellow in all fields of geriatric medicine, with special emphasis on multi-disciplinary outpatient geriatric care, inpatient care, nursing home and rehabilitation services. Educational components include the physiology of aging; pathophysiology of common diseases of the elderly; functional, cognitive status and other effective assessment methodologies; and concepts of treatment and management in both the acute home care and long-term care environments. During the fellowship, research in geriatric medicine is required.

Click here for additional information on the Geriatric Fellowship Curriculum. For more detailed information on our Geriatric Fellowship Selection Criteria and the objectives of our teaching program, please click here.