This program operates under the direction of the Geriatrics discipline and under the supervision of the Program Director and DME. The OGME Committee approves the procedures, policies and curriculum within the guidelines of the ACOFP. The Osteopathic Graduate Medical Education Committee (OGME) approves the procedures, policies and curriculum within the guidelines as established by the Basics Standards for Residency Training in Geriatrics as developed by the American Osteopathic Association and the American Osteopathic College of Family Practice. The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine is an equal opportunity employer.
The program is ambulatory based and is flexible in design allowing for individual fellow needs to be considered within the basic framework of the required services. Geriatric fellowship training is based on the major disciplines of long term care, hospice care, and continuity of care. Osteopathic principles and practices are integrated into the clinical schedule. In addition, there are hands-on OMM sessions for all fellows conducted by the OMM Team at VCOM.
This program conforms to the AOA/ACOFP Basic Standards for Fellowship Training in Geriatrics in Osteopathic Family Medicine and Manipulative Treatment and provides fellows with the basic requirements for board certification in geriatrics.
Techniques of medical writing and manuscript preparation is incorporated into the program and fellows are required to prepare one manuscript or paper suitable for publication in medical journals during their year of training.
Fellows are required to maintain logs documenting supervised procedures. These procedures are tracked through the residency management system - New Innovations.
The primary purpose of the VCOM Geriatric Fellowship Program is to offer an orderly, progressive, academic and clinically oriented program, designed to prepare the fellow for the practice of geriatrics, and ultimately, for examination and certification by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice Certification of Added Qualification Examination in Geriatrics. The program presents an opportunity for clinical applications of the practice of geriatrics under supervision and direction.
The duration of the program is a minimum of twelve (12) months following the completion of an approved osteopathic family practice residency program. The Program Director is responsible for directing the fellowship program and maintaining the quality of the education program. Cooperation and support of this program has been obtained from the members of VCOM.
This program is approved for four fellows each academic year.