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Division of Geriatric Medicine

Geriatric Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine

The Division of Geriatric Medicine specializes in aging medicine. Through clinical leadership, geriatric education and research partnerships, the division is dedicated to optimizing health, independence and what matters to people over the age of 65 across the continuum of care so that they can live fully on their terms and achieve their best quality of life.

The Division of Geriatric Medicine, previously a section of the Division of General Internal Medicine, was established in February 2020. This was made possible in part by a generous endowment from Harry Albertman. Pennsylvania is among the top 10 “oldest” states in the U.S., with 2.2 million people 65 and older, or 18 to 20% of the Commonwealth’s population.

The Division of Geriatric Medicine serves as a referral center for south central Pennsylvania (Harrisburg, Hershey, Lebanon and surrounding counties) with extensive clinical and academic geriatric expertise. Our small but mighty team is made up of board-certified physicians and advance practice providers with specialty training in the care of people 65 and older in the outpatient, inpatient, and post-acute and long-term care settings. Our distinct areas of clinical practice include nursing home and post-acute care, inpatient geriatric consults, outpatient geriatric consults and outpatient geriatric primary care. We work in a highly collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment, and our team is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in all of its forms.

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Nicole Osevala, MD, FACP, Interim Division Chief

We invite you to explore this site further to learn more about our team and our rapidly expanding clinical, education, and research endeavors. Please reach out if you might be interested in being a part of our growing team.

Nicole Osevala, MD, FACP
Interim Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine & Geriatrics
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More about Geriatric Medicine @ Penn State

Education in Geriatric Medicine

The Division of Geriatric Medicine is rapidly expanding the footprint of geriatric education at Penn State College of Medicine. Faculty are engaged daily in teaching, geriatric curricular development and mentoring at every learner level (medical students, residents, fellows and faculty). The division has multiple touchpoints in undergraduate medical education, including the Penn State College of Medicine’s health systems hub and geriatrics elective.

The revised geriatrics rotation introduces Internal Medicine residents to geriatric patient care across the care continuum (outpatient geriatric primary and consultative care, a robust 5Ms-focused age-friendly inpatient geriatric consultative service, and post-acute and long-term care). The division offers two geriatrics continuing education series, a basic core geriatric competencies series for the Internal Medicine residents and Department of Medicine faculty, and a new, more advanced, interprofessional “current topics in geriatrics” series open to faculty with an interest in aging medicine and science across the Penn State Health and Penn State University communities.

Penn State College of Medicine is fortunate to have access to the Woodward Center for Excellence in Health Sciences Education at the College of Medicine as an incredible resource and community of master educators for geriatrics faculty to participate in and grow as educators and leaders in education.

Research in Geriatric Medicine

Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health foster a robust, intensely curious and collaborative research culture, with opportunities that abound at every level (from beginning to mentored early career to mid-career to late career researcher) and across the spectrum of scientific discovery (biological and bench research, health services research, and clinical and translational research). Researchers have access to research informatics, population research tools (such as TriNetX), and technology through the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute, which provides tools, services and training for students and faculty engaging in health research.

A key part of the Division of Geriatric Medicine’s mission and vision for the future with the expansion of its academic footprint is research. The division is actively recruiting geriatrics-trained clinician researchers who do aging research. Current faculty members are involved in multiple grant-funded and internally-funded research projects, serving in multiple roles from collaborators and mentors to co-principal investigators. (For example, Dr. Nicole Osevala, interim Division Chief, led a multimillion-dollar Department of Human Services grant to address COVID-19 outbreaks in central Pennsylvania nursing homes.)

The Department of Medicine also provides opportunities to apply competitively for funding to advance innovation in geriatric clinical care and to collaborate with clinician-researchers in other divisions who do research that is relevant to aging.

Clinical Care in Geriatric Medicine

The Division of Geriatric Medicine delivers world-class, age-friendly, interprofessional collaborative care to people 65 and older across the care continuum. The division has an active inpatient geriatrics consultation service that works closely with the Trauma and Vascular surgery teams as well as the Hospitalist service at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, the only level 1 trauma and quaternary care center in Pennsylvania’s South Central, capital region.

At the Penn State Health Cocoa Outpatient Center, we provide primary and consultative outpatient geriatric care, specializing in the care of people over the age of 65 who have multiple, complex comorbidities, complex medication regimens, and geriatric syndromes (cognitive, mobility, and functional impairment) or who are living with dementia and need a whole-person, person-centered approach to comprehensive dementia care.

Clinicians in the division, including teams of advance practice providers and physicians, also provide care in the post-acute and long-term care space. They follow people admitted for short-term skilled rehabilitation at the Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital as well as patients admitted for personal care, skilled care and long-term care at multiple community-based settings affiliated with Penn State Health.

Educational Programs

  • College of Medicine
    • Geriatrics elective
  • Post-Graduate Training
  • Continuing Education (Post-Graduate and Faculty Development)
    • Geriatrics Core Curriculum series
    • Current Topics in Geriatrics on second Thursdays series

Affiliations

The Division of Geriatric Medicine works closely with the HRSA-funded Penn State University Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) led by several College of Nursing faculty.

The division also collaborates with the Department of Family and Community Medicine’s geriatrics section faculty.

Additionally, the division is proud to share an affiliation with the Lebanon VA Medical Center through the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship.

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