Program Features

Clinical Experiences

Block Rotation Schedule

Geriatric Fellowship block schedule

Outpatient Care
  • Primary care clinics with geriatric-only populations, attended by board-certified geriatricians. The practice consists of preventative medicine, acute care and coordination of subspecialty care for our longitudinal patients. There are currently several such clinics, as described here. Fellows will be placed in one clinic for a longitudinal primary care experience, allowing them to take ownership over their panel of patients for the duration of the year.

    Colonnades Clinic team members and patients

    The Colonnades Medical Associates clinic is staffed by two geriatricians and has on-site services for phlebotomy, EKGs and nursing support.

  • Memory Disorders clinic is a subspecialty clinic specializing in neurocognitive disorders which is currently a collaborative effort involving Neurology, Neuropsychology and Geriatric Medicine faculty.
  • Subspecialty clinics: Neurology, Pain, Endocrine, Wound, among others listed above in the block schedule
Inpatient Care
  • Consultative Geriatric Medicine experience on the inpatient wards at the University of Virginia Hospital
  • Consultative Palliative Medicine experience at the University of Virginia Hospital
  • Consultative Geriatric Psychiatry experience at the University of Virginia Hospital
  • Evaluation and management of geriatric patients at the University of Virginia Encompass Rehabilitation Hospital, alongside Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation faculty attendings
Residential Facility Care
  • Skilled nursing facilities with clinical exposure to both long-term care, custodial patients as well as short term, acute rehabilitation patients

    WCBR patient and medical provider

    Fellows will have a longitudinal skilled nursing facility experience at Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge and will work closely with Dr. Thomas Bradley Murray to provide care.

  • Assisted living facilities with clinical exposure to patients with functional and/or cognitive deficits.

    Colonnades assisted living patient and medical provider

    Fellows will work in multi-disciplinary teams with nurses, physician assistants and nurse practitioners to care for patients at the Colonnades Assisted Living facility

Home-Based Primary Care

Didactic Experiences

Journal Club: Occurs twice per month. Two articles are presented, one by a fellow and one by an attending.

Core Geriatric Lectures: Deesigned to cover the breadth of geriatric curricular milestones as outlined by the American Geriatric Society. Lectures are presented by both geriatricians and subspecialists depending on the subject.

Health Systems and Impact on Geriatric Medicine: A mini-series of lectures covering a variety of community geriatric care models, value-based care, and Medicare, among other topics.

Geriatric Medicine Board Review: A mini-series of lectures provided at the end of the year, followed by a practice exam, designed to prepare fellows taking the Geriatric Medicine subspecialty board exam.

Career Advancement

Medical Directorship: A mini-series of lectures designed to introduce the role of Medical Directors and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid regulations pertaining to skilled nursing facilities. Information will also be provided on how to pursue Certification for Medical Directors (CMD).

Clinical and Quality Improvement Research: The program has a 4-week research requirement. Fellows will be paired with a faculty mentor to develop and carry out clinical or quality improvement research.

Medical Education: Fellows have the opportunity to hone their medical education skills by working with University of Virginia residents and medical students. The level of involvement may vary depending on each fellow’s interests. There are ample opportunities for fellows to lead workshops and develop new curriculum if desired.

Medical student working with geriatric patient

The UVA School of Medicine is highly ranked nationally. Students rotate through geriatric medicine in their third year as part of a required ambulatory medicine clerkship. The section also offers a geriatric medicine elective to fourth year medical students. Fellows may precept students in these clerkships and electives across all care settings, including home visits. There are plenty of opportunities for curricular development as well.

Mentorship: Ultimately our faculty are focused on training physicians to become our future colleagues in the world of clinical and academic geriatrics. To this end, the program provides individualized mentorship to each fellow, taking into account their professional and personal goals.