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2018 Geriatric Summer Fellowship (GIFT) Program

2018 Geriatric Summer Fellowship (GIFT) Program

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At Meridian Health, you're never far from what matters most in your life. The balance our team members keep between their very full personal and professional lives is a priority. That's why we strive to provide programs and services that help our team members find that balance. Our goal is to take the very best care of our team members, so they can take the very best care of our patients.



The Geriatric Interdisciplinary Fellowship Training (GIFT) program at Hackensack Meridian Health is an 8-week summer fellowship that offers medical, nursing and allied health students an opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team to plan, deliver and evaluate care to older adults across the continuum of services in an award winning health system in central NJ. Students will be provided with experiences in a state of the art “Acute Care of the Elderly” (ACE) Unit in a community hospital and will have various clinical experiences at a university teaching hospital, a sub-acute unit, home care, long term care and private practice settings. Under the guidance of board certified geriatricians, geriatric pharmacists and geriatric advance practice and clinical scholar nurses, the medical, nursing and allied health student will have the opportunity to practice selected professional skills and procedures and participate in evidenced based initiatives and quality improvement activities. The schedule allows for professional seminars and team conferences to experience interdisciplinary learning culminating in the implementation of an interdisciplinary evidence based team project.

A primary goal of the program is to encourage participants to pursue a career in gerontology, thus, qualified students with an interest in working with the older adult patient population are particularly encouraged to apply.

Students participating in the GIFT program will receive training in a superb academic environment with a commitment to providing the best care for older adults. Participants will be scheduled to work 24 hours a week, which includes clinical as well as outside activities. Participants are paid an hourly stipend for participation in the program. The program is from June 4 to July 27, 2018


  • The program is open to

    • Nursing students who are enrolled in a BSN program of study and will have completed junior year.
    • Medical Students who have completed their first year of medical school
    • Pharmacy Students actively enrolled in a program
    • Physical therapy Students actively enrolled in a program
    • Social work students enrolled in a MSW program

    Requirements include:

    • An undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.0 is strongly preferred.
    • A demonstrated interest in working with older adults is required. To apply, visit and go to the recruitment tab. Search for Geriatric Summer Fellowship and submit an online application. Also send resume and letter of interest to Dr. Teri Wurmser at The Ann May Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, 1350 Campus Parkway Suite 101, Neptune, NJ 07753, or fax to 732 481 8597. You may also email your letter and resume to .

    Offers for the program will begin in December, 2017





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