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Welcome to the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program at Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge located in Morganton, in western North Carolina. We are excited that you have chosen to review our program and that you have decided to further your career with a Geriatric fellowship. This site was developed to answer most, if not all, of your questions about fellowship training and life in Morganton at CHS Blue Ridge.

CHS Blue Ridge Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Mission Statement

Our mission is to train the next generation of geriatric physicians dedicated to care for those in underserved and rural areas of the United States.

Program Overview

The one-year fellowship program will give the trainee an opportunity to learn Geriatric focused medicine within the hospital, outpatient clinic, long term care facility, and the community. A unique feature of this program is that hospital, clinical, long term, and skilled nursing care are all within the Carolinas Health Care System Blue Ridge campus.

Our department strives to address health care disparities in the western North Carolina region. Our goal is to create compassionate, patient centered physicians who will choose to work in rural and underserved areas. Our fellows gain an understanding of the difficulties faced by physicians practicing in rural communities.

As Geriatric consultants, our fellows work closely with the internal medicine residents, hospitalists, and a variety of specialists. In addition to longitudinal clinical experiences, our program offers the opportunity for fellows to teach, participate in research, and in quality improvement projects. Our program director is personally involved in preceptorship in inpatient/outpatient settings, didactics, and board preparation.

Admission and Eligibility

Our Geriatric Medicine Fellowship is open to Internal Medicine and Family Medicine graduates from ACGME or AOA residencies completed within the United States. Applications will be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

We request that applicants complete an ERAS application and provide documentation to support that they have successfully completed or will be completing a residency program, a current CV, a one page personal statement outlining their career goals and objectives, two letters of recommendation, and USMLE or COMLEX scores.

Our Hospital

Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge is a comprehensive, primary care center in rural western North Carolina. The hospital draws from a diverse population in the region and residents are well trained to identify and manage issues related to the healthcare disparities seen in this region of the country. 
The healthcare system includes the hospital, two long term care facilities with associated rehabilitation programs and a continuing care retirement community.  In addition, CHS Blue Ridge owns a multispecialty physician group with over 80 physicians and 30 mid-level providers who provide care for patients in practices in Burke, Caldwell and McDowell Counties. 
CHS Blue Ridge is also affiliated with the Carolinas HealthCare System, a large not for profit, public system with over forty hospitals located throughout North and South Carolina.  Included in the CHS system is Carolinas Medical Center (CMC), located in Charlotte which has a long history of graduate medical education and over 300 residents and fellows in training. Our Residents spend some time at CMC during their tenure at CHS Blue Ridge.  CHS Blue Ridge also has an active training affiliation with Broughton Hospital, one of two psychiatric hospitals in the state of North Carolina, to provide training to our residents and fellows.

Our Clinic

The Geriatric clinic is located on the Carolinas Health Care System Blue Ridge campus. The geriatric fellow will have a longitudinal experience in the ambulatory setting. Fellow physicians will work two half days a week in the Geriatric Clinic, providing both primary care services and consultative care.

Fellow physicians learn to distinguish normal physiologic changes associated with aging, compared to those associated with disease. The Geriatric Fellow will have exposure to common disease processes including but not limited to Dementia, Delirium, Osteoporosis, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, Depression, Polypharmacy, Urinary incontinence, Overactive bladder, Parkinson’s disease, Falls, constipation, Terminal disease, malnutrition, sleep disorders, malignancy and wound management. The Geriatric fellow will learn to use common Geriatric tools, as well as learn to perform minimally invasive procedures.

Fellowship Program Highlights include:

  • Warm, supportive environment with approachable faculty
  • Weekly Didactics and board review with Geriatric Faculty
  • Dedicated personal time with Program Director for education and career development
  • Opportunities for community and quality research
  • Diverse patient population and pathology
  • Good balance of education and service
  • Teaching and working closely with Internal medicine residents
  • Minimal to no call
  • Ability to moonlight with board certification in Internal or Family medicine 

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