University of Arizona
Arizona Center on AgingGeriatrics, General & Palliative Medicine

Professional Education

  • Geriatric Fellowship

  • Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship

The Geriatric Medicine Fellowship is a one-year ACGME-accredited program of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, administered through the Section of Geriatrics and Gerontology of the Department of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, in partnership with the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System.

Eligibility

Qualifications for admission to the Fellowship Program include:

  • The successful completion of a three-year residency in one of the following disciplines: Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine
  • US Citizenship, valid residency, or J-1 visa. This program does not support H1-B visas
  • Graduates of foreign medical schools  must have a standard ECFMG Certificate
  • All accepted candidate must obtain an Arizona medical training license

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 or Family Medicine are eligible to apply.

The University of Arizona Hospice & Palliative Medicine program
has no positions available for 2013.

The Hospice & Palliative Medicine (HPM) fellowship is a one-year ACGME-accredited program of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, administered through the Section of Geriatrics, General and Palliative Medicine of the Department of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Program Description

The HPM fellowship has been in existence since July 1, 2011. The goals and objective for this fellowship program are competency-based, and they align with the six competencies endorsed by the ACGME: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, and systems-based practice. There are no additional certifications or recognitions that the program holds.

Educational Program

Fellows must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.   They must demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social-behavioral sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care.

Fellows must demonstrate the ability to investigate and evaluate their care of patients, to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve patient care based on constant self-evaluation and life-long learning.   

Fellows must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and professional associates.  They must demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and an adherence to ethical principles.

Fellows must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care.

The didactic curriculum for  the Hospice/Palliative Care program cover a broad range of topics.  They  include, but are not limited to Grand Rounds-Department of Medicine,  Tumor Board at SAVAHCS, Journal Club at VA Hospital, Interdisciplinary Team Meetings, Palliative Care Clinic at the AZCC, and projects that can be individually arranged with individual faculty members

Eligibility

Qualifications for admission to the Fellowship Program include:

  • The successful completion of a three-year residency in one of the following disciplines: Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, Radiation Oncology or Surgery
  • US Citizenship, valid residency, or J-1 visa. This program does not support H1-B visas
  • Graduates of foreign medical schools  must have a standard ECFMG Certificate
  • All accepted candidate must obtain an Arizona medical training license

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, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, Radiation Oncology or Surgery)
  • Personal statement

Questions can be directed to:

Laura Vitkus
Administrative Assistant
Arizona Center on Aging
1821 E. Elm Street
Tucson, AZ 85719
lvitkus@aging.arizona.edu

 

© Arizona Center on Aging 2013