About the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program

The Geriatric Medicine Fellowship training program offered at VCU Medical Center and Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The overall goals of the Fellowship Training Program are to provide comprehensive individualized training to:

  • Prepare individuals to meet the requirements for Certification in Geriatrics Medicine.
  • Prepare individuals for the care of older patients.
  • Provide training in teaching, research, and administration.

In order to accomplish these goals, the Geriatrics Fellowship Training Program includes the following components:

  • Geriatrics Curriculum: A variety of educational conferences and reading assignments are provided to assist fellows.
  • Clinical Experience: Fellows care for a spectrum of aged men and women in a variety of settings. The curriculum provides experience as a primary care provider and consultant to healthy, as well as acutely and chronically ill, elderly patients in outpatient, inpatient, long-term care, and home care settings.
  • Research: Research opportunities cover a range of clinical investigations. Fellows may choose a research project in areas of interest and are guided by preceptors.
  • Teaching: Fellows gain experience in teaching learners of different level and background.
  • Administration: Fellows learn administrative requirements for research, curriculum development, and/or long-term care based on their interest.

The traditional fellowship is one year. Fellows spend approximately 12 months in clinical rotations, thus allowing the fellow to be board-eligible for the geriatric medicine board exam. We provide a variety of venues for clinical rotations and education allowing the fellows to see and experience the breadth and depth of geriatric care across the continuum.

We also have several educational opportunities that are truly unique to our program:

  • Reynolds Grants - Two grants from the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs were formally completed in 2015, although the education initiatives spawned from these grants have been integrated into a longitudinal geriatric curriculum for medical students.
  • Geriatric Education Center - Established in 2010; a statewide collaboration directed by Edward Ansello in the Virginia Center on Aging and co-directed by Peter Boling.
  • Independence at Home - Member of consortium through which the creation, demonstration, and implementation of delivering comprehensive care services at home.
  • Virginia Geriatrics Society - VCU faculty and staff have led the growth and development of the annual Virginia Geriatrics Society conference. 17 or 19 before 10, 30 mins
  • Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program - Recipients of Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program grant in 2015 and a continuation in 2019, funded until 2024.

We are proud that many of our fellowship graduates have gone forward to accept academic positions, including seven of our current faculty members. We have been fortunate to hire 5 of our recent fellows to stay on as faculty as our Division continues to rapidly expand. Both internal medicine and family medicine residents are encouraged to apply. We have both internal medicine and family medicine faculty that can mentor fellows.