The Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine is dedicated to improving care for our patients and their caregivers and creating robust educational opportunities for students, residents, and fellows to prepare them for a career in academic patient care. We use a Team-Based Medicine approach in our clinics, consult services, and community care. This means that our physicians work closely and collaboratively with Nurses, Advance Practice Providers (APPs), Physician Fellows, Residents and Students to provide our patients with the best possible care.
We proudly offer two nationally, ACGME-accredited recognized programs, each of which were one of the first of their kind: our one-year Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program and our four-year Medicine-Geriatrics combined Internal Medicine Residency and Geriatrics Fellowship Program. Our versatile programs expose our learners to an array of clinical environments such as inpatient consultation services, outpatient clinics, and home care; as well as, involving them in weekly educational conferences. Both specialties offer clinical opportunities at Froedtert Hospital, Froedtert Menomonee Falls and the Milwaukee VA.
Initially founded in 1993 under the Division of Hematology and Oncology, the Palliative Care Program was one of the first Academic Palliative Care programs in the United States. Now within the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, Palliative Medicine continues to service seriously ill and dying patients across the age spectrum and their caregivers. With the help of social services and chaplaincy, providers help patients and their caregivers make informed decisions regarding their health care needs toward the end of their lives. Geriatric Medicine focuses on patients at least 65 years of age. As the geriatric population continues to increase, the need for geriatricians becomes more and more apparent. Medical professionals trained in geriatrics will meet the unique medical needs of the older adult and their caregivers such as behavior and medication management, memory decline, frailty, living arrangements, caregiver resources, and community services. Geriatric Medicine also has partnerships with assisted living, subacute rehabilitation, and nursing home facilities.