A geriatric fellowship usually requires an advanced education in the field as well as field related experience, and students should generally have completed his or her residency in geriatric medicine. Students should research all requirements early in his or her education career to ensure that he or she meets academic guidelines. The total amount of schooling may take at least eight years plus three or four years in a residency program. A focus on geriatric medicine during medical school and residency is almost always preferred.
Students should begin by attending an accredited four year university and obtaining a bachelor's degree. Some universities offer pre-medical studies, and students who intend on applying for a geriatric fellowship should enroll in as many medical based courses as possible. Before applying for medical school, he or she should inquire about entry examinations in his or her local area. Most countries require an admissions examination for medical school enrollment.
During medical school, students are generally required to work on his or her degree in general medicine, family practice, or internal medicine. The majority of locations require medical students to earn his or her degree and certification in a general field before working in a specialized area. In order to receive a geriatric fellowship, students should first make inquiries with a local geriatric association. These organizations are primarily in charge of continuing education, certification courses, and residencies in the field of geriatrics.
Transcripts, records of experience, residency paperwork, copies of any related certificates, letters of recommendation, and personal statements in reference to the student's personal aspirations are usually required during the geriatric fellowship application process. The application is usually at least five to eight pages and requires students to fill out personal information, all education references, experience, and any additional information that relates to the field. After successfully completing the application and sending in all necessary paperwork, candidates may have to wait up to 30 days for a response. Students should not be discouraged if he or she is rejected because there are numerous fellowship positions with varying requirements.
An acceptance letter is usually accompanied by an invitation to interview with program professionals as well as information on what to expect during the session. A geriatric fellowship opportunity will allow accepted candidates to continue or begin his or her research in the field. Funding is available, and fellows will be allowed to work on scholarly projects under the supervision of faculty. Most fellowships offer extended training and research in geriatrics, which will sufficiently assist his or her career as a geriatric professional.