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Internal Medicine Geriatrics Fellowship Curriculum

The Geriatric Medicine Fellowship is twelve months in duration and designed to meet the requirements necessary for program graduates to sit for the examination conferring a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine. Geriatric medicine fellows (2) typically begin training July 1 and complete the clinical training by June 30 of the following year.

Clinical training, the core curriculum and research activities for the geriatric medicine fellowship are planned, implemented and supervised by the program director, Marissa C. Galicia-Castillo, MD, MSEd, CMD, FACP, Sue Faulkner Scribner Professor of Geriatrics, and the education team who serve as the geriatric medicine fellowship advisory committee. Junior and senior physician faculty with Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine, gerontologists and scientists with doctoral degrees and the staff administrator for geriatric medical education comprise the advisory committee.

The Geriatric Medicine Fellowship offers a well-rounded educational experience. All key teaching faculty are geriatric fellowship trained geriatricians/internists. A Ph.D. neuroscientist, a gerontological nurse practitioner, gerontological educational specialist and physician assistant also support the fellowship.

Selection criteria for the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship:

  • Completion of ACGME accredited Internal Medicine or Family Medicine Residency Program.
  • Board-certified or board eligible by the American Board of Internal Medicine or American Boards of Family Practice.
  • Eligible for permanent medical licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Hold a valid ECFMG Certificate, if foreign medical school graduate.
  • Proficient in speaking and writing English.
  • Intention to register for the geriatric examination upon completing the geriatric medicine fellowship and to successfully attain added qualifications in Geriatric Medicine.
  • Able to remain in the United States; ability to obtain proper visa for training.
  • Enthusiasm for teaching geriatrics to medical students, residents and other trainees.
  • Interest in gerontological or geriatric medicine research and patient care.
  • Personal statement of professional goals in geriatric medicine.
  • Submission of three reference letters supporting the candidate's application.
  • Completion of interview by program director and panel of geriatric medicine and gerontology faculty.

Geriatric Medicine Fellowship applicants must apply via ERAS.


Clinical Components:

  • Inpatient Palliative Care and Pain Management Consultation Service
  • Geriatric Trauma Team Consultation Service
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation
  • Home-Based Primary Care-one month at the VA in Hampton, Virginia
  • Fellows’ Geriatric Clinic-52 weeks (longitudinal experience during the fellowship)
  • Long-term Care-52 weeks (longitudinal experience during the fellowship)

Didactic Components:

  • Fellows' Conferences
  • Journal Clubs
  • Board Reviews
  • Chart Stimulated Reviews
  • Transitions of Care Conferences
  • “Most Difficult Case” Conferences
  • M & M “Patient Who Was Sent Out” Conferences
  • Geriatrics Sit Down Rounds
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds
  • EVMS Faculty Development Series
  • EVMS Research Day
  • EVMS Practice Management Course
  • Membership on institutional committees
  • Virginia Geriatrics Society Annual Conference
  • Virginia Medical Directors Association
  • American Medical Directors Association
  • Attend one national conference or symposium each year, e.g., American Geriatrics Society, Gerontological Society of America.