Bridgeport Hospital is a thriving 425-bed community hospital with an active Section of Geriatric Medicine. The staff of 5 fellowship trained Geriatricians, 3 nurse practitioners, 5 nurse case managers, and an Emergency Room geriatric nurse case manager/patient advocate serve patients in the hospital, in the community, and in long term care. Our dedication to academics and affiliation with Yale, give our community based program an academic edge. Our physicians are active in research and publications. They are leaders at the state level and travel frequently to national conferences to present case studies and original research. We are one of the few programs nationally with an Emergency Room program for our geriatric patients and have a very busy consult service.

MISSION

The Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at Bridgeport Hospital is a community based fellowship program designed to prepare physicians for leadership positions in the field of Geriatric Medicine. With its strong emphasis on clinical care, our mission is to train physicians to be skilled in providing top notch, evidence based care for complicated, frail elderly patients in multiple sites and to be skilled in translating academic philosophy into quality patient care. Our goal is to train physicians who will be active clinical geriatricians and strong community leaders.

OVERVIEW

The Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at Bridgeport Hospital is a one year clinical fellowship with all the components to allow fellows to meet requirements for board certification in Geriatric Medicine. Fellows participate in the evaluation and management of a wide array of elderly patients in numerous settings including: inpatient and outpatient consultation, home care, assisted living facilities, and nursing home. Additional experiences will be provided in medical direction and administration, inpatient geriatric psychiatry care, outpatient non-institutionalized care via the REACH intensive outpatient program in geriatric psychiatry. Fellows will have contact with a wide array of disciplines during their varied rotations and will be required to have electives with Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurology, Psychiatry. They will participate in interdisciplinary team meetings at least weekly. Fellows will be expected to participate in clinical research and will be encouraged to present their research at a national meeting.

Schedules will vary monthly, but they will consist of 4 sessions of inpatient consultation, one session each of geriatric outpatient assessment, home visits, continuity care practice, and nursing home, and 2 sessions set aside for elective and research time.

We:

  • Perform 1200 + in-patient consults yearly
  • Perform 700 + outpatient consults yearly
  • Care for over 180 (and growing) homebound patients
  • Care for over 300 nursing home and assisted living patients
  • Serve as nursing home and assisted living facility medical directors
  • Consult with the state department of health to advocate for standards of care in nursing home practice
  • Teach at local, state, and national meetings
  • Perform research that is published in well known medical and nursing journals
  • Present posters and abstracts at national meetings
We entertain applications filed through ERAS:
 
 
Vivian Argento, MD
Associate Program Director
 
203.384.3388 (M-F 9-5)