In 2004, Maine-Dartmouth’s fully accredited ACGME Geriatric Fellowship Training Program became the first geriatric training program in northern New England. It is a one-year training program with two fellows in training each year, with a fellow placed at each of our two outpatient practice sites (Augusta, Fairfield). Physicians who have completed a residency in family practice or internal medicine are eligible to enter the program.
Our goal is to develop a cadre of physicians with advanced skills in clinical geriatrics, leadership and expert geriatric consultation who will provide care in Maine and other under served areas. The curriculum is primarily longitudinal with activities devoted to interdisciplinary geriatric team assessments, home visits, nursing home and hospital rounds, and outpatient practice.
Successful completion of the program leads to eligibility to sit for geriatric medicine Boards of the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Internal Medicine.
- Longitudinal curriculum with a Rural Geriatric Interdisciplinary Team.
- Family Centered Nursing Home, Dementia and Hospice Care.
- Innovative Community and System-based Research, encouraging collaboration at the state level.
- The Geriatric Fellowship and Family Medicine Residency enjoy a fruitful relationship which provides opportunities for fellows to become exemplary teachers. Some have remained post-graduation to precept in the fellowship.
The Geriatric Fellowship meets all ACGME accreditation requirements by providing full-spectrum experiential and didactic training in Geriatrics in all six competency areas in a variety of settings. Content domains include:
- Functional Assessment and Rehabilitation
- Preventative Medicine
- Caring for the Elderly Patient
- Diseases in the Elderly
- Geriatric Psychiatry
- Hospital Care
- Home Care
- Ambulatory Geriatrics
- Long Term Care and Nursing Home Care
- Palliative Care
- Economic Aspects of Care
- Caregiver, Family and Community Concerns
The Clinical Program
Fellowship training begins on July 1 or on flexible start dates for off-cycle residents. The program takes place at local sites, including: nursing home, rehab, with inpatient and outpatient consultation teams, hospice and home visits. Longitudinal supervision provided by the Geriatric interdisciplinary faculty. Fellows receive subspecialty exposure in the outpatient setting which includes ENT, opthamology, podiatry, rheumatology and neurology.
Fellows participate in a variety of didactic conferences. Fellows participate in weekly Board review preparation sessions, GAT core management, monthly Journal Clubs and Grand Rounds in the hospital and nursing home. Fellows give public health presentations four times a year. Geriatric noon conferences are given bimonthly.
Geriatric fellows teach a weekly conference on the inpatient service, monthly conferences in the nursing home and informally with residents on rounds.
Karen Gershman, M.D., C.M.D., CAQ. 25+ years in the field.
Daniel K. Onion, M.D., MPH, CAQ. 30 +years. Emeritus Director MDFMR, editor of LBB series. Community Medicine Curriculum Supervisor.
Alexander McPhedran, M.D. CAQ. 30 +years. Emeritus Director MDFMR. Neurologist.
Janis Petzel, M.D. 10 years. Geriatric Psychiatrist.
Eileen Fingerman, M.D, CMD Certified. 20+ years. Nursing Home Curriculum Supervisor.
Persis Hope, N.P. 10+ years. Former Medical Director Family Medicine Institute. Home Visit Curriculum Supervisor.
Sandi Taker, R.N. 25+ years. Geriatric Nurse Team Coordinator.
James A. Schneid, M.D. Program Chair MDFMR, Director of Hospice Curriculum.
Jane O’Rourke, M.S.W. Alzheimer Boarding Home.
Class of 2012
Sabina Luke, MD
Class of 2011
Jodine Sejour, MD
Class of 2005
Class of 2004
Elizabeth “Betsy” Hart
Academic Year 2012-2013
Salary (academic year) - $64,013
Educational Conferences - $850
Mileage Reimbursement - .45/mile
Relocation/Moving Expenses - $1,000
(when relocating for fellowship)
Payment in full for:
Medical Educational Permit
Membership to AAFP (fellow status)
Medical malpractice insurance
18 paid leave days plus 9 holidays
Ability to participate in:
Health Insurance - 3 plans to choose from
Medical / daycare reimbursement accounts
For more information please contact:
Karen Gershman, M.D.
Geriatric Fellowship Director
Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency
15 East Chestnut Street
Augusta, Maine 04330
Phone: 207 - 626 -1894
To apply, please submit a resume and letter of interest to Dr. Gershman or submit through ERAS.