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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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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 College of Medicine is also partnering with the Pennsylvania Department of Health on the Long-Term Care Resiliency, Infrastructure Supports, and Empowerment (LTC-RISE) grant-funded initiative, which aims to help long-term care facilities weather and overcome the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Nicole Osevala, MD, FACP, Division Chief

The Department of Medicine 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.

Nicole Osevala, MD, FACP
Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Harry Albertman Chair in Geriatric Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine

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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.

Educational Programs and Affiliations

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


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.

Age-Friendly Health System

Age-Friendly Health System

In partnership with the Nursing Department, the Division of Geriatric Medicine led Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center's recognition as a Level 2 participant, “Committed to Care Excellence” by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. This is the highest level designation offered by IHI, and Hershey Medical Center is the only hospital in the region to gain this recognition. The projects developed to gain this recognition were supported by a multi-disciplinary team including geriatric medicine, hospital medicine, pharmacy, therapy services and nursing. The Age Friendly Health System initiative is a movement to improve the care for older adults across all care settings utilizing the 4Ms approach: Mentation, Mobility, Medications and What Matters.

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