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.

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome from the Program Director

We welcome you to the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Training Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Virginia Commonwealth University (The Medical College of Virginia) has a long tradition of clinical excellence. Our health system is a quickly growing, state-of-the art facility, which serves the population from all areas of Virginia. Our accessibility stimulates a fast-paced work environment with an incredibly diverse patient population.  Consistent with our mission to provide the best medical care regardless of financial status, we care for more than half of the state’s uninsured patients.

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Sarah Hobgood, MD

Sarah Hobgood, MD

Program Director

Sarah Hobgood, MD

Sarah Hobgood, MD

Program Director

Internal Medicine

Division of Geriatric Medicine

Email: sarah.hobgood@vcuhealth.org

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Peter A. Boling, MD

Peter A. Boling, MD

Division Chair

Peter A. Boling, MD

Peter A. Boling, MD

Division Chair

Internal Medicine

Division of Geriatric Medicine

Email: peter.boling@vcuhealth.org

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Class of 2019

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Lauren McKay, DO
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Community Hospital East Family Medicine Residency, Indianapolis, IN

Alumni

The Geriatric Medicine fellowship is a participant in the NRMP match. All applications will be accepted through ERAS and follow ERAS deadlines.

All applicants to this subspecialty training program must be graduates of an ACGME accredited internal medicine or family medicine training program. VCUHS can only support J-1 visas.

Application Timeline

We will review applications from July 15 through August 31. Invitations to interview will likely be issued during this time frame.

Interview Information

If possible, we like to schedule a dinner with one or more of our fellows for all applicants the night before their interview.

Typically, interviews begin at 8 a.m. and will allow the applicant to see all 3 major clinical sites including the VA, the downtown VCU campus, and the Center for Advanced Health Management ambulatory site.

The applicants will meet with both the Program Director and Associate Program Director, interview with multiple faculty members, have lunch with current fellows and staff, and tour all facilities.

 

Program Director

Sarah Hobgood, M.D. 
1200 E. Broad Street
Box 980509 
Richmond, VA 23298
Phone: (804) 828-3149
Email: sarah.hobgood@vcuhealth.org

Associate Program Director

Angela Gentili, M.D. 
Phone: (804) 675-5181
Email: angela.gentili@va.gov

Program Coordinator

Amanda V. Johnson
VCU Department of Internal Medicine
Box 980509
Richmond, VA 23298-0509 
Phone: (804) 828-9726
Email: imfellowships@vcuhealth.org