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Fellowships in the Department of Family Medicine

The Department of Family Medicine seeks to further post-graduate education by offering fellowships in:

  • Geriatrics
  • Sports Medicine
  • Faculty Development

Family Medicine Geriatrics Fellowship

Geriatric Fellows are part of an interdisciplinary team who focus on functional status and the quality of life for older adults.

The Program trains graduates of family practice and internal medicine residencies during a one-year clinical or two-year academic track, across the continuum of care, including:

  • The home setting
  • Ambulatory care
  • Acute care hospitalization
  • Rehabilitation
  • Adult day care

Clinical experiences include practice in:

  • Outpatient geriatric assessment
  • Inpatient consultation
  • Inpatient geropsychiatry
  • Nursing homes
  • Adult day care centers

Fellows who complete either track are eligible to sit for the Qualifying Examination in Geriatric Medicine.

Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

The UPMC Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowships are designed to prepare physicians to treat a multitude of injuries and illnesses in a variety of athletic settings.

These community-based, university-affiliated fellowships are offered at UPMC Shadyside and UPMC St. Margaret. The fellowships are strengthened by the programs' relationships with the University of Pittsburgh Department of Family Medicine and Department of Orthopaedics as well as professional, collegiate, and high school sports teams throughout Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While each fellowship is unique, educational opportunities are maximized by the close working relationship between these two programs.

Family Medicine Faculty Development Fellowships

There are two tracks focused on Family Medicine Faculty Development, the Clinical Educator Track and the Clinical Researcher Track.

Clinical Educator Track - (2-year track)

The core of this fellowship program includes training in all aspects of teaching plus:

  • Basic research
  • Administrative
  • Leadership and presentation skills
  • Opportunities to enhance clinical skills and learn new procedures

Also included is specific training in evidence-based medicine, underserved care and experience teaching medical students at the University of Pittsburgh.

Special program options include:

  • An additional degree
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Medical Education
  • Master of Clinical Research
  • Balint training
  • A combined program with private practice

Seminars may include shared sessions with internal medicine, geriatrics, and pediatric fellows. Individualized programs are encouraged. An optional one-year fellowship is offered minus the additional degree.

Clinical Researcher Track - (2-3 year track)

The objectives of the Clinical Researcher Fellowship reflect the mission within the Department of Family Medicine and the expertise of the faculty:

  • Reducing disparities in clinical delivery
  • Immunizations research
  • Improving quality and access to health care for patients in primary care community-based settings

Fellows will benefit from the supportive research environment within the Center for Primary Care Community-Based Research housed in the Department of Family Medicine, including multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research teams and a well-developed infrastructure.

Clinical Researcher Fellows will receive comprehensive training in the methodology of community-based research through coursework for a Master of Public Health or Master of Clinical Research degree as well as completing a mentored research project.