Program description

As the first integrated, multispecialty group practice in the world and one of the top two centers for geriatric medicine on the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals list, Mayo Clinic offers fellows the opportunity to train in a supportive and collaborative environment dedicated to serving the needs of our patients.

The Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, consists of clinical, didactic, and research components that expose trainees to the essential elements of geriatrics and gerontology. The goal of the program is to develop academic leaders with skills in clinical geriatrics, gerontologic research, and geriatric medical education.

Our graduates are able to evaluate and manage a broad spectrum of geriatric syndromes through the entire continuum of care, including the ambulatory clinic, acute care and outpatient rehabilitation, subacute care, long-term care, assisted living, and home care. They have a robust understanding of the physiology of aging, and they are well-versed in geriatric health care financing as well as regulatory and other administrative issues pertinent to the care of older adults.

Fellows who complete the second year, which is a research-based year, have the necessary statistical, epidemiologic and research design skills to succeed in an academic career in geriatric medicine. Our fellowship also offers a unique clinician-investigator track in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging.

One of our fellowship's many strengths include a world-class core faculty who embrace the opportunity to train the next generation of leaders in geriatric medicine. We also offer an array of unique clinical training opportunities in key specialty clinics, including:

  • Geriatric neurology, with a focus on dementia and movement disorders
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Urogynecology
  • Wound care
  • Hospice and palliative medicine
  • Geriatric cardiology

The fellowship has developed a unique home visit program that provides consultative and longitudinal care as well as in-home comprehensive geriatric assessments in collaboration with state and local public health agencies.

Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education funds second-year fellows to obtain a certificate or master's degree in clinical research. The program's affiliation with the Kogod Center on Aging and the nationally renowned Rochester Epidemiology Project facilitates mentorship and opportunities in gerontologic research.

All of this is located in Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, a facility with a worldwide reputation for excellence in patient care, education and research. Find out more about Rochester campus life.

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The Geriatric Medicine Fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Our fellowship program offers two pathways:

  • Path A: 12-month ACGME accredited clinical training program
  • Path B: 12-month ACGME accredited clinical training program path plus a 12-month non-ACGME accredited academic year

Fellows in good academic standing can apply for Path B during the first 6 months of clinical training. Fellows are eligible for Geriatric Certification Exam after the 12-month accredited clinical training program.


Fellows are eligible to take the certifying examination from American Board of Internal Medicine or the American Board of Family Medicine. All graduates who have elected to take the board certification examination have passed.