Fellowship Program Overview

The SLRHC Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Training Program celebrates more than ten years of high quality clinical education, training, and service that began in 2000 through the generosity and passion of Mary and Charles DeBare to Geriatrics and care of the older adult. Its excellence as an educational program has been recognized with a 5-year accreditation from the national ACGME. St. Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital Center is the primary sponsoring institution with rotations at the Beth Israel Medical Center (BIMC). It brings together the clinical, educational, and research strengths of two major New York City academic medical centers to offer a unique specialty training opportunity in geriatric medicine.

The fellowship experience is enriched by the cultural and recreational life that only New York City can offer. SLRHC and BIMC both serve a diverse and engaging patient population.
This one year intensive clinical fellowship leads to eligibility for the Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Geriatric Medicine of the American Board of Internal Medicine or the American Association of Family Practice. Board eligibility in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine is a prerequisite of the program.


Charles and Mary DeBare

Mary DeBare, who is married to Charles DeBare, has joined the BIMC’s Board of Trustees in 1969. In addition to her support of the Geriatrics Fellowship Program, she helped launch and has generously supported 2 social service programs for the elderly at BIMC: SHARE (Subsidized Healthcare for the At Risk Elderly) and HOPE (Homebound Outreach Program for the Elderly).
She also enabled the Gerald J. Friedman Diabetes Education Center to hire a nurse practitioner who directs a Type 1 diabetes education program. She chaired the 2008 Breast Service Luncheon, which raised more than $720,000 for breast service programs at BIMC and SLRHC. She continues to support of this annual event.
Mary and Chuck DeBare chaired the BIMC Ball in 2004. She also assisted in launching the Continuum Center for Health and Healing. The Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing has also been a recipient of her generosity through scholarships and her service on the advisory committee for many years.




Clinical Training

Our program aims to provide our trainees a well-balanced, organized, diverse, hands-on experience. Fellows go through 48 weeks of clinical rotations (with 2 two-week blocks for vacation), at SLRHC or BIMC or Kateri Residence, consisting of:

    • 12 weeks (non-consecutive) of In-patient Acute Geriatric Care (SLRHC)
    • 12 weeks (non-consecutive) of In-Patient Consultation (SLRHC)
    • 4 weeks of Geriatric Psychiatry (BIMC)
    • 4 weeks of Pain, Palliative & Hospice Medicine (BIMC)
    • 4 weeks of Subspecialty Block (SLRHC/ BIMC)
    • 4 weeks of Long-Term Care Block (Kateri Residence)
    • 4 weeks of Elective Block (SLRHC/ BIMC)
    • 2 weeks of Neurology (SLRHC)
    • 2 weeks of Physical Medicine Rehabilitation Block (SLRHC)

In addition to block rotations, our fellows go through a longitudinal, continuity-of-care experience throughout this one year of clinical training:

  • Geriatrics Ambulatory Practice – two half-days (morning or afternoon) a week
  • Long-Term Care – one morning a week
  • Home Visit – one afternoon a week

Our Community-Based Geriatrics Programs and Services also offer a unique opportunity for our fellows to gain experience in:

  • Health outreach and education
  • Community influenza immunization drive
  • Community networking
  • Care management and coordination
  • SNF Collaborative
  • Medical Home Initiative
  • Patient-Centered Medical Home
  • Aging-in-Place promotion

Application Process

All educational programs at Mt. Sinai - St. Luke's are open to qualified applicants regardless of race, religion, gender, color, creed, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era. Members of underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply.

The Division of Geriatric Medicine will be accepting applications through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). For application materials you may contact the ERAS Website.


Scholarly Activities

Research is not a requirement for a one-year clinical Geriatric training program like ours. However, we encourage our fellows to submit an abstract to the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Annual Scientific Conference.

See Research and Projects for a list of our fellows’ scholarly activities:

Special Benefits

A. Guaranteed Housing in one of the best locations in NYC

    • 515 West 59th Street
    • 10 Amsterdam Avenue
    • 501 West 113th Street

B. Columbia University benefits

  • Columbia University Certificate upon completion of training
  • Access to CU libraries, sports facilities, discounts

C. Conference benefit

  • AGS Annual Scientific Conference
  • Other local conference/s at the discretion of the Fellowship Director or Division Chief

D. Membership benefit

  • AGS
  • Metropolitan Area Geriatrics Society
  • Greater New York Psychosocial Consortium

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