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Clinical Pathway (1-Year Clinical)

This pathway is a one-year, ACGME-accredited training pathway with the goal of training expert clinical geriatricians who will be prepared to care for older adults across the spectrum of geriatric care needs. Fellows are trained in ambulatory care, nursing home care, inpatient consultation and co-management, home-based primary care, and rehabilitation medicine. All graduates are eligible to sit for the geriatric specialty boards.

  • The training year includes longitudinal experiences in ambulatory primary care geriatrics clinics and the Johns Hopkins Memory Clinic. Fellows also maintain a panel of nursing home residents at FutureCare Northpoint (less than two miles from the Bayview campus), allowing fellows to experience clinical care in an academic setting as well as in a community practice environment.

    Fellows rotate through a variety of geriatrics services, including an inpatient geriatrics consultation and medical-behavioral service, home-based primary care, subacute care in an affiliated community nursing home, chronic hospital unit, CARF-accredited geriatrics rehabilitation unit, and a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Fellows also rotate through geriatric psychiatry programs and train alongside geriatric psychiatry fellows.

    All first-year fellows rotate through the Baltimore VA Medical Center, as part of our collaboration in fellowship training. Fellows spend two months of the year at the Baltimore VA where they rotate through long term care, the Geriatric Evaluation and Management Unit (GEMU), palliative care, and the multidisciplinary PACT clinic.

    All fellows are expected to be active in teaching medical students and residents from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and training is provided in approaches to teaching in the various clinical environments.

    Completion of our clinical fellowship pathway fulfills all requirements of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Family Practice, and graduates are eligible to sit for the Examination for a Board Certification offered by the American Board of Internal Medicine or the Certificate of Added Qualification in Geriatric Medicine offered by the American Board of Family Medicine.

  • Between two and six fellows are accepted each year. The year-long fellowship is open to physicians who have completed three years of clinical training in internal medicine or family practice and are interested in specialty training in the care of older adults.

  • All applications are processed through ERAS. Specific dates are listed there. Application submission begins in July, interviews occur in September and October, and the match occurs in November (with match results announcements in early December).

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Clinician Educator

This two-year pathway is designed to train future academic leaders in clinical geriatrics with additional expertise in medical education. A primary goal of this training program is develop a health care workforce that improves health outcomes for older adults by integrating geriatrics into primary care, maximizing patient and family engagement, and transforming the healthcare system.

Training in this pathway includes the opportunity to take courses on teaching skills and curriculum development as well as opportunities for supervised teaching, clinical training in geriatric medicine, and research in curriculum development and implementation science.

  • Sponsored by the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), this program is designed for physicians who plan to pursue careers as educators in geriatric medicine. Applicants must have MD or DO degree and will have graduated from a US medical residency in internal medicine or family medicine. They must be eligible for funding under HRSA requirements (U.S. citizen or permanent resident) and commit to two years of training - one year of clinical training (see Clinical Pathway for description) and one year of educator training. The second year of the fellowship is structured to allow time for skills development (coursework and mentored teaching in a clinical setting with trainees). There is also an opportunity/expectation for a scholarly project in the second year with a goal of at least one manuscript submission.

  • The program only accepts one fellow into the program each year.

    Applicants apply through ERAS. There is a distinct track for “Clinician Educator” (one fellow matched to this track per year).

    Applications for fellowship will be accepted July through September.

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Clinical Leadership Pathway

With Moorings Park of Naples, FL

This eighteen month pathway is designed to train future academic leaders in clinical geriatrics with additional expertise in health systems management and leadership skills training. A primary goal of this training program is to prepare geriatricians who are capable of assuming positions of leadership in a range of health care settings and practices. This can include continuing care retirement communities, skilled nursing facilities, large health plans, and local or state health departments.

Training in this pathway includes one year of clinical geriatrics at the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus in Baltimore, MD, followed by six months of mentored leadership training at the Moorings Park Communities in Naples, FL. This state-of-the-art life care community offers many opportunities for the fellow to develop personalized skills to enhance his/her own personal goals while taking full advantage of the experience and knowledge of leaders within the Moorings Park and greater Naples medical community.

  • Sponsored by Moorings Park, this program is designed for physicians who plan to pursue management/leadership positions in geriatrics. Applicants must have MD or DO degree and will have graduated from a US medical residency in internal medicine or family medicine and commit to eighteen months of training - one year of clinical training in Baltimore, MD and six months of leadership training in Naples, FL. The last six months of the fellowship is structured to allow time for skills development and flexibility as to how those skills would be developed, but will also include clinical time to develop the necessary ability to balance commitments and manage time in order to optimize productivity in a leadership position. 

  • The program only accepts one fellow into the program each year. There is one first year and one second year fellow at all times.

    Applicants apply through ERAS.  There is a distinct track for “Clinician Leadership” (one fellow matched to this track per year).

    Applications for fellowship will be accepted July through September.

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Research Fellowship Track

The JHU Geriatrics Fellowship Program has multiple research training opportunities that cover a wide range of issues that impact the health and well-being of older adults. This two- to three-year program is designed for scientists with advanced degrees (e.g., PhD, ScD) interested in developing a research career focused on problems pertinent to geriatric medicine and gerontology, or for physicians (MD, DO) with training in Geriatric Medicine or in other disciplines who want to pursue research training focused on aging-related issues. Research training can be combined for physicians with a clinical geriatrics fellowship year for a total of a 3-year research fellowship program.

  • Trainees can be affiliated with a number of research programs that thrive within the division, including programs in Basic to Clinical Translational Aging Research, Health Services and Outcomes Research for Older Populations, Cognitive Decline/Dementia Research, , Epidemiology and Biostatistics of Aging, Frailty, Health Services, Information Technology and Multimorbidity, and Biology of Healthy Aging.  Divisional faculty collaborate broadly across multiple disciplines. Mentorship and training resources are available from Nursing, Neurology, Psychiatry, Epidemiology, Health Policy & Management, Biostatistics, Basic Biology, Clinical Investigation, Pharmacology, among others.

    In addition, some training opportunities exist in collaboration with faculty at the National Institute on Aging Intramural Research Program and through the Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging.

  • Applications are accepted for research fellowships for two years in advance. The application must be received no later than December 31 of the year before the year you are applying for a fellowship. For example, (eg. if you were applying for a fellowship beginning in July 2022, your application must be received no later than December 31, 2021). If there are slots available, later applications will be accepted.

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Research Programs

Research programs, research opportunities and program contacts within these programs can be found through the links below:

  • This fellowship program prepares epidemiologists and biostatisticians for careers in research that leads to healthy productive aging and the prevention and interventions that will accomplish this goal. Six doctoral fellows and three postdoctoral fellows are accepted to the program each year. They receive training in the methodology and conduct of significant clinical- and population-based research in older adults.

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  • This T-32 is meant for post-doctoral fellows who have either an MD or a PhD and who have US citizenship or who hold a green card and who are interested in receiving training for clinical, biologic, and engineering topics related to aging.  The long-term goal of this training program is to develop and train a cadre of highly skilled scientists focused on aging who work across disciplines to connect emerging basic aging biological knowledge to meaningful clinical applications and engineered solutions for older adults.  These trainees will also become the next generation of academic program leaders and mentors.

    The development of this expertise will take place through a series of classroom and experiential learning opportunities leveraged from the outstanding aging-focused research programs, including the Biology of Healthy Aging Program, the Johns Hopkins Older Americans Independence Center, and the Center on Aging and Health.  Many other allied research programs and faculty mentors collaborate extensively with the core group of investigators and provide many laboratory and clinical translational based training activities. 

    The scientific leadership, the infrastructure, the collaborative nature, and the collegial environment provided by these programs and affiliated faculty and trainees enable the provision of broad training experience to all trainees.  This training includes the tenets of basic aging biology and related bench research as well as to the major tenets of clinical investigation and clinical research protocol development relevant to older adults. 

    For additional information about this research training opportunity, please contact the Principal Investigator or Program Coordinator, Brandon LaCour.

    Research Contacts

    Jeremy D. Walston, M.D.
    [email protected]
    Phone: 410-550-1003

    Brandon LaCour
     [email protected]
    Phone: 410-550-7162

  • The goal of the T32 Program is to produce the next generation of researchers with rigorous training in person and family-centered health services and outcomes research, all applied to geriatrics and gerontology. This program is conducted jointly by health services researchers, gerontologic nursing researchers, and geriatricians with a strong commitment to bringing together students and fellows in all these disciplines.

    This training program will capitalize on the rich resources for health services, gerontology, nursing, and geriatric research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (SOM), School of Nursing (SON), and the University. Pre- and post-doctoral trainees will obtain the skills and experiences needed to lead multi-disciplinary, collaborative research teams. Pre-doctoral trainees will undertake a rigorous program of coursework in the core domains of public health and gerontology including epidemiology, biostatistics, health services, health policy, and research ethics. In close consultation with their training program advisor team, post-doctoral trainees will complete core training grant curriculum courses and additional courses required to complement their prior academic experience. All pre- and post-doctoral trainees will participate in a year-long practicum experience, a bi-weekly seminar, ongoing mentored research projects, and yearly integrative activities to complement their didactic curriculum. These components will provide trainees with a solid foundation in health services and outcomes research while providing the opportunity to pursue specialized training in focal areas of interest. The T32 post-doctoral fellowship can be paired with a clinical geriatrics training year, for a total of 3 years. Applicants for geriatric fellowship can be simultaneously considered for a T32 appointment in conjunction with a clinical year, and are encouraged to reach out to the program director to express interest.

    These trainees are supported by an experienced group of 22 core faculty and 31 affiliate faculty with expertise in one or more fields related to aging research. The training program Co-Directors, Drs. Jennifer Wolff and Cynthia Boyd are accomplished scholars and national leaders in their research fields.

    The overarching aim of the program is to identify and train scholars who will become leaders in person and family-oriented research relating to aging populations. Please email Dr. Cynthia Boyd or Dr. Jennifer Wolff for more information or how to apply for a post-doctoral or pre-doctoral position.

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  • Frailty is recognized as an age-related condition in which older adults lose the capacity to cope with stressors and become vulnerable to functional decline, loss of independence, and mortality. Since its original funding in 2003, the novel approaches of the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) have helped to demonstrate that frailty is a syndrome caused by multiple biological mechanisms that are expressed through characteristics of decreased resiliency and reserve in older adults. Frailty research provides a highly productive framework for clinical, population-based and biological discovery and for the development of junior investigators for academic careers in frailty and aging research.

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  • Forty-eight percent of older adults have three or more chronic conditions, and the number of older adults with multiple chronic conditions will continue to increase dramatically. The presence of multiple chronic conditions independently predicts adverse outcomes, including quality of life, mortality, disability, and complications of treatment beyond the effects of the individual conditions. Currently, there is a significant gap in our understanding of how best to provide care for patients with multiple chronic conditions.

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  • For aging populations in the United States and abroad, dementia is a major clinical and public health issue; it is a lengthy and costly condition that creates a large social and financial burden on society. Unless new discoveries are made in the prevention or treatment of dementia, specifically Alzheimer's disease, an estimated 13.2 million Americans will have dementia by 2050.  Identifying new and effective approaches to early detection of dementia is critical.

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  • Studies within this group range from molecular and cellular to genetic and laboratory animal-based approaches targeted to understanding the mechanisms, risk factors, and pathophysiology of aging-related changes in health, function, and quality of life.

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