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Geriatric Medicine

Residency Positions: 6

The Department of Geriatrics was established at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1985 to address the increasing aging populations need for sensitive, competent health care.  In the 18 years since its inception, the Department has grown to provide multidimensional services for the West Philadelphia community of older persons.  Geriatrics, by virtue of its interdisciplinary nature and the commitment of faculty, has evolved into a vital and growing clinical service at PCOM.
In 1996, under the direction of Katherine E. Galluzzi, D.O., CMD, FACOFP.  PCOM received approval from the AOA Committee on Postdoctoral Training for a Geriatrics Fellowship.  This two-year program is designed to expose physicians to the continuum of care of elderly persons, which includes office and consultative care, inpatient, hospice, long term care and home care services.
The primary goal of the program is to provide extensive training in care of older patients, placing importance on the use of osteopathic principles and practice.  Special emphasis is placed on outpatient comprehensive geriatric assessment, inpatient consultations, dementia evaluation, urinary incontinence, wound care, end-of-life care and biomedical ethics.  Fellows also have scheduled rotations in the subspecialty areas of rheumatology, rehabilitation medicine, psychiatry and neurology; they can elect additional rotations in other areas, e.g., dermatology, which will better prepare them to care for older patients. The program also provides training in teaching/administration and research to prepare for careers as academicians and clinical educators.
Fellows rotate on the PCOM Geriatric Nursing Home call schedule, and provide medical consultative services for inpatient geropsychiatry.  The program enables regular interaction with multidisciplinary team members, such as nurse practitioners, speech, physical therapists and social workers.   
Family Medicine residents can elect to enter Geriatrics Fellowship training during their PGY-3 year.  During the first year of geriatric fellowship, candidates are eligible to sit for Family Medicine boards.  After completion of the fellowship, candidates are eligible for certification in Geriatrics.
Dr. Galluzzi, in discussing geriatrics fellowship at PCOM states, "Nine out of ten fellows prefer this program to any other."

Katherine E. Galluzzi, DO, CDM, FACOFP dist.
Program Director, Geriatric Fellowship
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • BA, Concord College, 1980
  • DO, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, 1984
  • Internship: Kennedy Memorial Hospitals-University Medical Center, 1984-85
  • Residency: Family Practice Residency, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Osteopathic Medicine, 1985-87
  • Traineeship/Clinical Preceptorship, University of Pennsylvania-Center for the Study of Aging, Delaware Valley Geriatiric Education Center, 1988-89
  • Faculty Development Fellowship, Temple University School of Medicine, Family Practice Department, 1988-89
  • Physician in Management Seminar I, American College of Physician Executives
  • American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians
  • American Osteopathic Association Certificate of Special Recognition in Geriatrics
  • American Osteopathic Board of General Practice
  • National Board of Examiners for Osteopathic Pysicians and Surgeons
  • The Barbars A. Bell, MD Award, The Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatric Society, 2005
  • Keynote speaker at the 13th Annual L. Linton Budd, DO, Memorial Lecture, Kirksville College of Osteopahtic Medicine, Kirksville, MO, 2005
  • Distinguished Fellow, Ameircan College of Family Physicians-Osteopathic, 2004
  • Fellow, College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 1998
  • Fellow, American College of Family Physicians-Osteopathic, 1995
  • Frederick J. Solomon Award of Merit, Pennsylvania Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, 1996

Research Interests

  • Health Promotion/Disease Prevention for the Elderly
  • Psychosocial Assessment of the Elderly
  • Home Health Care for the Elderly
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • 1997 - 1999,  John A. Hartford Foundation - $75,000 2 year funded program:  Expansion of Home Care Into Academic Medicine, Principal Investigator
  • 1989 - 1991,  "Validation of a Psychosocial Assessment Tool for the Elderly", Funded for summer research fellow through UMDNJ Foundation, 6/91, Principal Investigator
  • 1990 - 1991,  "Utility of Biofeedback in Treatment of Urinary Incontinence in the Elderly", UMDNJ Foundation Principal Investigator
  • 1989 - 1990,  "Effects of Aging on the Modulation of Monocyte Cytokine Production", BRSG/RRF - $2,000 Principal Investigator
Geriatric Medicine
  • Tenet- Roxborough Memorial Hospital
  • Bala Nursing Home
  • St. Ignatius Nursing Home
  • Mary J. Drexel Home
  • Centennial Village
Salary (2009-2010 academic year)
  • PGY 2 residents: $47,000
  • PGY 3 residents: $48,000
  • PGY 4 residents: $49,000


  • Point of Service or HMO health insurance, including major medical, prescription and dental health coverage for residents and their families during the contract year.
  • Professional liability and disability insurance.
  • $800 per year continuing medical education stipend for conferences or books is included in salary.
Note: PCOM does not provide living quarters for residents.
Residents are required to present a paper suitable for publication.
Educational Resources

Residents have access to PCOM's 60,000-volume medical library, on-line access to the Medline database and on-line access to every medical library in Pennsyl vania, and computer and computer-assisted learning capabilities.