Welcome to the Geriatrics Program
From the Program Director
Homeostenosis is a term referring to the inability to maintain homeostasis under stress. This is a concept you will certainly recognize often as you care for the elderly who have often lost this ability. Typically, this is not an issue with younger people, but all of us have and will continue to adapt to the challenges of the pandemic. We recognize that your current application process is vastly different compared to what you were anticipating a year ago. Here at our fellowship program, we pride ourselves on being flexible and understand this is a stressful time. We are fully prepared to help you return to an educational equilibrium for maximal learning during your fellowship at USD.
As you know in geriatrics, an elder will flourish if they are in the right environment. This same principle holds true with our fellows. At the USD Geriatric Fellowship, our goal is to produce excellent geriatricians. To do this, we work to prepare an optimal learning environment. We will treat you like a colleague, get to know you personally, and promote an excellent, individualized mentorship model. In addition to the traditional one year full-time track, we have successfully trained fellows utilizing a part-time model which is individualized to meet the needs of our trainees so they can continue in their current jobs while gaining the knowledge to treat the elderly population. We use a wide variety of locations for learning and we offer 1 elective in addition to the required rotations. Being part of the national community is important, so you will attend AMDA, which will engage you with the nursing home community, and AGS, which is the academic arm of the geriatric community. You will have ample time for self-directed study as we do not have call. The final geriatric concept that applies is function – all of our fellows have passed their boards and will say they are better physicians after our year of geriatrics. We look forward to meeting you, and working with you.
G. Daniel Rath, M.D.