Post Doctoral Training Programs
Fellows interested in additional years of training have access to funding from sources like the VA Advanced Fellowship in Geriatrics, and the Quality Scholars Program to pursue their career development goals. In addition, opportunities for clinical and translational research training are enhanced by the presence of the NIH-funded CTSA award (Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute, or ACTSI) which was awarded to Emory University in collaboration with Morehouse School of Medicine and the Georgia Institute of Technology. A major component of the ACTSI is the Research Education, Training and Career Development program, which includes the Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR).
The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) maintains a link to a site with a listing of available grant programs that support senior fellows and junior faculty in furthering their careers. This site contains a description of each opportunity as well as a link to the source site for obtaining more information.
Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC)
The Birmingham/Atlanta GRECC is the most recently funded in the VA GRECC program. The GRECC is directed by Dr. Patricia Goode at UAB, with Dr. Ted Johnson serving as the Atlanta site director. It has three primary foci: genitourinary disorders, mobility disorders, and palliative care. Genitourinary disorders and mobility assessment clinics are being established at both VA sites using common protocols and databases. These provide the infrastructure for developing clinical research and training programs in the GRECC these focus areas. The GRECC is also developing clinical, training, and research activities in the area of palliative care.
The purpose of the VA Advanced Fellowship in Geriatrics is to offer post-specialty education to foster the development of leadership in health care issues of the elderly. The program capitalizes on the international prominence of VA's Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Centers (GRECCs) to provide outstanding training opportunities in clinical practice, to contribute to the improvement of clinical practice, and to advance scholarly pursuits that will benefit care for elderly veterans and all older Americans. Physician fellows must have completed an ACGME or AOA accredited residency, and either already be certified or are actively pursuing board certification. This program shall not lead to board-eligibility in Geriatrics for physicians. Non-physicians must be post-doctoral for an associated health discipline.
VISN 7 Birmingham, AL / Atlanta, GA
Atlanta VA Medical Center
1670 Clairmont Road
Decatur, Georgia 30033
(404) 321-6111 ext. 5080 telephone
Special fellows Advanced Geriatric brochure, including application deadlines
The SCEGM, supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation, involves collaboration between the programs in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at Emory and University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Johnson and Dr. Flacker serves as its co-directors along with his counterpart at UAB, Dr. Cynthia Brown. The SCEGM was funded in January 1998, with matching support from UAB and Emory. The primary goal of this Center is to provide salary support for fellows and junior faculty pursuing careers in academic Geriatric Medicine, and support for pilot projects in aging and Geriatrics.