GERIATRIC MEDICINE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

The one-year, ACGME-accredited Geriatric Medicine Fellowship offers outstanding clinical, research and learning experiences to physicians pursuing a career in geriatric medicine and related subfields. The small size of the fellowship program provides a unique learning environment, and promotes personalized, individual career development. Our nationally-recognized faculty includes recipients of the John A. Hartford Geriatric Leadership Scholar Award and the Geriatric Academic Career Award. Our graduates successfully enter career paths in academic medicine, clinical care and geriatric program development.

How to Apply

You may apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service ERAS. The application process may require the following documentation:

  • CV
  • Three letters of reference
  • USMLE scores
  • ECFMG certificate (if relevant)
  • Medical school transcript
  • Certificate of completion (or good standing in) ACGME accredited residency (can be in Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine)
  • Personal statement

Program Description

Our faculty have received national recognition, including the John A. Hartford Geriatric Leadership Scholar Award, and the Geriatric Academic Career Award. Our graduates successfully enter career paths in academic medicine, clinical care, and geriatric program development. Fellows are encouraged to pursue a Master's in Public Health at the University of Arizona School of Public Health. The small size of the fellowship program provides a unique learning environment, and promotes personalized, individual career development.

Geriatric Fellows rotate at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, the University of Arizona Medical Center - University and South Campuses, community nursing homes and several other affiliated community sites. It is configured as both continuous clinical activity, and block rotations, and emphasizes comprehensive interprofessional team care and innovative high value models of geriatric care across the continuum. The fellow is supervised and mentored by a committed group of geriatric attendings. Continuous clinical activity includes a weekly outpatient clinic, community nursing home long term care, home-based primary care visits, weekly case conferences, grand rounds and journal clubs. Continuous activity may also include the opportunity for research design and development under the supervision of faculty mentors, to allow the fellow to pursue a project. Block rotations are arranged in segments of approximately four weeks each, and include: Overview of Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment and Care, Hospice and Palliative Care, Home-based Primary Care, Subacute Care, Community Geriatric Practice, Rheumatology and Dermatology, GeroPsychiatry and Neurogeriatrics. Other opportunities include Older Women’s Health, Medical Director Administrative and Finance Training, Geriatric Orthopedics and Pain Management. The Fellowship is evaluated regularly by the Fellows, the Faculty and others, and there is ongoing competency-based evaluation of both Fellow and Faculty performance in a supportive environment. Planned Senior E.D. and Acute Care of Elders (ACE) units will provide additional clinical experiences.

Physicians who have completed training in an accredited program in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, or Anesthesiology are eligible to apply.