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Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program

In the Charleston, SC, tri-county area, people ages 65 and older will increase to make up about 25% of the population over the next five years (well above the national average). The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), a 750-bed tertiary referral center with a Level 1 trauma center, is committed to meeting the health care needs of this rapidly growing segment of our population.

The new Geriatric Medicine Fellowship program is a foundational building block for the institution’s plan to grow and develop a sustainable geriatrics workforce. This one-year fellowship program provides trainees with in-depth experiences that cover the full spectrum of patients, problems, and settings that geriatricians are likely to encounter across a variety of clinical settings. Upon successful completion of the program, fellows may take the American Board of Internal Medicine Geriatric Medicine Certification Exam. 

Program Overview:

  • 12 months of clinical experience
  • Continuity experiences:
    • UIM Geriatrics Clinic with geriatrics faculty preceptors (1-2 sessions per week)
    • CCRC continuity care at Shem Creek Health Center
  • Block rotations: See below
  • Electives: Per fellow interests
  • Weekly didactics:
    • Core lectures
    • Journal Club
    • Clinical Case conferences / M & M
  • Opportunities for research and other scholarly activities

Block Rotations:

  • Geriatrics inpatient consults: 2 mos
  • Ambulatory clinic: 1 mo
  • Geriatric psychiatry: 1 mo
  • Neurology: 1 mo
  • Palliative care: 1 mo
  • Electives: 2 mos
  • Wound Care / Outpatient rehab
  • Long term care: 1 mo
  • VA rotations: 2 mo (if possible)

Primary Clinical Rotation Sites:

MUSC Inpatient and Outpatient

Primary site, “The Horseshoe”
Inpatient and outpatient rotations
Heart of the MUSC System

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (RHJVAMC)

One of the most robust VA Medical Centers in US
Long history of collaboration with MUSC for clinical care and GME programs
Located in Charleston Medical District

Shem Creek at South Bay of Mount Pleasant

Health Center opened July 2019
Fellows gain experience in multiple levels of care
Current preceptor is first program graduate

Village at Summerville

Long term relationship with MUSC Family Medicine program
Active learning site w/ experienced leadership
Alternative / second CCRC site for program

How to Apply:

Applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).

Completed applications must include the following:

  • 3 letters of recommendation (including one letter from the Internal Medicine Training Program Director)
  • Current photograph
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certificate, if applicable
  • Visa, if applicable

For information on applying through ERAS, please visit the ERAS Website. Applications for the upcoming academic year are accepted until October. All applications are reviewed by the Training Program Director. Applicants will be contacted regarding invitation to interview after receipt and review of the completed application. Interviews are scheduled on an individual basis and every effort is made to meet the needs of the applicant. Friday interview dates are suggested to allow for the opportunity to attend our Case of the Week conference as well as explore our beautiful city, sample our rich tradition of great food and restaurants or stroll down one of our wide, sandy beaches.

Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Faculty

Amanda Overstreet, D.O. 

Amanda Overstreet, DO
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Program Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship

Dr. Overstreet completed medical school at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and internal medicine residency at MUSC. She then completed a geriatric medicine fellowship and a palliative care fellowship at Mount Sinai in New York City. She returned to MUSC after fellowship training in 2016. Her clinical interests include primary care for older adults as well as outpatient palliative care for patients with serious illness. She is involved in both resident and fellow education, and is excited to see the growth of geriatrics at MUSC.

 

Natalie Christian, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, MUSC Health Geriatrics- South Bay

Dr. Natalie Christian, M.D., is a family medicine physician and geriatrician, specializing in the broad-spectrum care of older adults with complex medical needs. She is passionate about partnering with patients and families to achieve high quality care for her patients, based on their goals. Dr. Christian is a native of South Carolina and attended Clemson University, where she earned her degree in Public Health Science. She then obtained her Doctorate in Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed her residency training at Trident/MUSC Family Medicine Residency, where she served as chief resident. She then completed geriatrics fellowship, graduating as the first geriatric medicine fellow from MUSC. Dr. Christian will be seeing patients in outpatient clinic and serving as medical director at MUSC Health Geriatrics - South Bay. Her clinical interest areas include post-acute and long-term care, frailty, preventive medicine, medical education and telemedicine.

William P. Moran, M.D., MS 

William P. Moran, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine
Director, Division of General Internal Medicine

Dr. William Moran graduated medical school and completed residency training in internal medicine at Georgetown University. He practiced full time at a community health center affiliated with Boston City Hospital/Boston Medical Center while serving four years for the National Health Service Corp. Dr. Moran then completed a geriatrics fellowship and received an MS in clinical epidemiology from Wake Forest University in 1992. After joining the faculty at Wake Forest, Dr. Moran was a Robert Wood Johnson faculty scholar and became residency program associate director for primary care.

Dr. Moran’s clinical and research focus is geriatrics, preventive care in aging and chronic illness management. His recent work has centered on local health system changes which support physician decision making in clinical practice, facilitate interdisciplinary care and improve quality of care. This work includes analysis of existing system characteristics, systematic application of clinical evidence to care processes, and evaluation of impact on process and clinical outcome measures.