04/19/2005

WVU Geriatric Fellowship is Accredited

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. –West Virginia University has received accreditation for the state’s first training program in geriatric medicine. The program will be a part of the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, Eastern Division. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education granted their approval for a one year training program to begin this year.

In collaboration with the Martinsburg Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) and the WVU Center on Aging, the Eastern Division Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program will educate specialists in the interdisciplinary delivery of health care to the elderly, such as memory loss, arthritis, end of life care, and the treatment and rehabilitation of acute and chronic illnesses.

“The training will mostly take place at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center  in Berkeley County,” said Konrad C. Nau, MD, director of the new program.  “It will also take place at the Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson and City Hospital in Martinsburg.  As far as faculty, we are fortunate to have several experienced physicians in the community – including three at VAMC -- who are certified in geriatric medicine.”

West Virginia leads the nation in the mean age of its population, yet trails in capacity to train physicians to care for the elderly.  Until this program, West Virginia had no geriatrics fellowship or residency training programs in any of its medical school or community teaching hospitals.

The Geriatric Fellowship Program will be administered by the WVU Rural Family Medicine Residency Program in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.  In order to obtain geriatric specialty certification, doctors must complete one year of training in a geriatrics residency program after residency training in family or internal medicine. 

Candidates for the program will be selected after July 1. 

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For more information:
Tracie Ford, WVU Eastern Division (304) 264-9202

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