Division of Geriatric Medicine

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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.

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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 Contact us to find out more ">More about Geriatric Medicine @ Penn State


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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.

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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

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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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