Geriatric Medicine Fellowship

Caroline Vitale, MD
Fellowship Director
U-M Combined Geriatric Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Welcome to the University of Michigan Geriatric Medicine Fellowship. Since 1981, the program has trained over 155 physicians now practicing in a full range of successful careers. Led by Director Caroline Vitale, MD, AGSF, we are a one-year ACGME accredited interdisciplinary training program. 

With a diverse patient population from a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds and exposure to several models of geriatric care, our Geriatric Medicine fellowship program is one of the best in the nation. It is the ideal training experience for those physicians interested in Geriatrics, Primary Care, and/or future medical leaders, providing exposure to an integrated interprofessional approach to the care of older adults.

Fellows will work alongside our prestigious faculty and amazing collaborative teams within geriatric and palliative care. We also offer training in Palliative Medicine as well as specific training for qualified fellows interested in a master’s degree in clinical investigation.

Program Aims

  • Develop compassionate and knowledgeable Geriatricians who utilize a team approach to render high-quality care to older adults.
  • Cultivate Geriatric leaders within a myriad of career trajectories.
  • Promoting and championing diversity and inclusion in every aspect of our program and aging.
  • Facilitate and promote work-life balance and wellness within medicine.

“The absolute truth is that doing this fellowship was the best decision ever. I so much appreciate having trained at Michigan Medicine and having graduated to practice geriatrics. It is amazing to feel this sense of practice experience and confidence in my expertise. I might not like everything about my job, but I love what I do... can't thank you enough.”

Diversity and Inclusion

Where We Stand

The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.

We realize we must both acknowledge and speak out against all forms of racism, discrimination, and bias in our environments in our institutions, communities, and society. Not only is it the right thing to do but it is critically important that we in the GME community prioritize holistic and unbiased recruitment and selection of our applicants in order to ensure a diverse workforce and medical community.

What We Are Doing

Programmatic and Divisional leadership are required to attend Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence (STRIDE) workshop. Additionally, all Faculty and Staff in the Department of Internal Medicine were required to take Unconscious Bias training, which we have continued to ensure each cohort of fellows attends annually.

In addition to opportunities to get involved with the House Officer Diversity Network and the Office for Health Equality and Inclusion, the department of Internal Medicine has developed its own Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Well-Being committee that welcomes Geriatric trainees.

Lastly, we are committed having hard conversations and to finding the time to allow trainees to participate in events and activities that matter to them and us; supporting both diversity and inclusivity.

Racial Injustice Resources

Well-Being

Fellows doing yoga

Combating burnout and improving physician wellness is vital to long-term success in the field of medicine. We promote a healthy work-life balance and provide the time and resources for trainees to be able to practice healthy habits.

In addition to the Geriatric Program Fatigue Policy which helps to identify signs of fatigue, resources are available to help cope with stress and fatigue; the conversations about the importance of mental health and available resources to trainees start during orientation.

Each August our lecture series includes Dr. Kelcey Stratton, the Resiliency and Well-Being Services Program Manager, didactic on Physician Suicide/Mental Health Awareness. The program also partners with Janice Firn, PhD, MSW, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Learning Health Sciences (DLHS), to provide geriatric fellows three resiliency sessions over the course of their training on Wellness, Self-Care, and Self-Forgiveness.

All trainees are entitled to a paid subscription to headspace, (an app to help build healthy habits, practice mindfulness, and provide guided meditation), and our program has four weeks of vacation time, dedicated sick leave, and as a program have chosen to include work-life balance and wellness within our program aims to give wellness a place within our program that future generations in medicine will want to emulate.

Curriculum

Rotation Overview

  • Click here to view the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Rotation Overview.

Longitudinal Exposure

  • Didactics - held weekly and include fellow conferences, care discussions, and noon conference.
  • Continuity Clinic - Fellows will have one half day of Geriatrics primary care outpatient clinic per week. Panel of approximately five patient visits per day promotes training in comprehensive outpatient geriatric assessment and management, complex care coordination and function as a member of a multidisciplinary care team.
  • Home Based Primary Care - Fellows follow two veterans longitudinally via home visits over the course of the academic year.
  • Veterans Affairs Geriatric Clinic - Approximately two months of the year fellows will have exposure to a consultative geriatrics outpatient clinic model.
  • Long Term Care - Fellows will follow six long term care residents during the full twelve months of clinical training. Geriatric fellows are responsible for seeing three residents once a month.

Didactic Curriculum

  • Core topic didactics: Just as the name implies these are core topics in Geriatric Medicine covered in the Geriatrics Review Syllabus and the Geriatric Curricular Milestones. Board Review Sessions/Discussions will also be hosted during these times with reading material delegated prior.
  • Trending Topics in Geriatrics:  Fellows will prepare and summarize 1-2 geriatric-relevant studies of personal interest to them found through social media (usually Twitter), news media (such as NY Times), GeriPal blog or podcast or similar outlet.
  • Case-Based Discussion and Reflection:  This time may be used in a case-based small group discussion format.  This environment also provides a forum for brainstorming about quality improvement and scholarly project ideas and peer feedback elicited.
  • Geriatrics Clinical Conference:  Essentially our version of grand rounds. Here faculty, fellows and guest speakers present on an array of relevant clinical topics that directly affect current practices as a Geriatrician. This is also the platform used for Faculty Fellows Journal Club (FFJC) presentations.

Fellows will also have access to a variety of top-tier clinical and research conferences available through the Department of Medicine, Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center, and greater opportunities available through the University Community. Furthermore learners are provided with a stipend to attend one national conference such as the annual American Geriatrics Society meeting. 

Monthly Research Seminars are also available for those interested.

Two-Year Integrated Geriatric-Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Click here for more information on our two-year Integrated Geriatric-Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship.

Additional Training

2nd & 3rd Year Fellowship Opportunities: VA Special Fellowship in Advanced Geriatrics

For physicians who have completed their clinical year of geriatric medicine, geriatric psychiatry, or palliative medicine fellowship training, there is an opportunity for up to two additional years of academic training in geriatrics. The goal of this advanced geriatrics fellowship is to develop outstanding academic and/or health care system leaders with vision and knowledge in geriatrics who are committed to leading the discipline in the 21st century.

This VA fellowship provides outstanding geriatric medicine or geriatric psychiatry research training, interdisciplinary educational opportunities, and advanced clinical and program administration learning opportunities.

Fellows have the flexibility to personalize the curriculum based on their interests, and can further their development toward careers as researchers, clinician educators, and/or medical directors.

Robert Hogikyan, MD, MPH, directs the Ann Arbor site for this program. Send questions to the U-M Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program.

Biomedical Research Training in the Biology of Aging

With the U-M Geriatrics Center, we provide research training in the biology of aging, and how it relates to disease late in life. This NIA-funded program offers financial support and the opportunity to conduct individual research projects under the supervision of a chosen mentor. Click here for more information, and for how to apply.

Medical Education Scholars Program

Fellows also have the opportunity to participate in the University of Michigan's Medical Education Scholars Program, a 10-month program designed to further develop the teaching and leadership skills necessary for a career as a clinician educator.

Our Faculty & Fellows

Our Faculty

95% of our faculty in the Michigan Medicine Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine are involved in educating our fellows. To see a complete list of our faculty, click here.

Our Fellows

Sophie Clark, MD

Sophie Clark, MD
Geriatric Medicine Fellow

Dr. Clark completed her medical training at George Washington University in Washington, DC, followed by an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Colorado in Denver, CO. Her primary interests reside in the intersection of Geriatric Medicine with Infectious Disease.

 
Rachel Denny, DO

Rachel Denny, DO
Integrated Geri-HPM Fellow – Year 2

Dr. Denny was born and raised in Southeast Michigan and earned her medical degree at Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine. She then completed her Family Medicine residency training at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township, MI. She is interested in teaching future providers about geriatric care, palliative medicine, and improving overall care in the ambulatory setting.

 
Nadia Khosrodad, MD

Nadia Khosrodad, MD
Geriatric Medicine Fellow

Dr. Khosrodad has a BSc from McMaster University and a BSc in Nursing from University of Calgary, Canada. After practicing as an ICU nurse for a few years, Dr. Khosrodad returned to school to pursue a medical degree which she obtained from Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica. She then completed her Internal Medicine residency at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Michigan where she also served as chief resident. Her goal is to pursue a career in Geriatrics within an academic teaching center. She is specifically interested in health care policy and administrative leadership.

 
Vanessa Ogundipe, MD

Vanessa Ogundipe, MD
Geriatric Medicine Fellow

Dr. Ogundipe began her medical training by first pursuing a BSc in Nursing from the University of Alberta, Canada. After working within the emergency department as a nurse for four years, she decided to obtain her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica. Completing Internal Medicine residency at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, MI, Dr. Ogundipe is excited to be joining the University of Michigan Geriatric Medicine fellowship program. She plans to pursue a career in Primary Care Geriatrics with an added focus within medical education.

 
Andrew “Andy” Russell, MD, MPH

Andrew “Andy” Russell, MD, MPH
Integrated Geri-HPM Fellow – Year 1

Dr. Russell received his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago before completing his Internal Medicine residency training at Tulane University in New Orleans. Joining the University of Michigan as a two-year Integrated Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Fellow, he is especially interested in leveraging his time to explore value-based medicine, the promotion of primary palliative care, and effecting change within health care systems.

 
Courtney Uhlar, MD

Courtney Uhlar, MD
Geriatric Medicine Fellow

Dr. Uhlar was born and raised in South Florida and obtained her undergraduate and medical degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa. She then completed her Family Medicine residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Her primary interests include medical directing, primary care, and medical education.

 

Resident/Fellow Benefits

Click here to visit the University of Michigan Medical School resident/fellow salary and benefit information.

How to Apply

The University of Michigan Geriatric Fellowship currently utilizes the Medicine Subspecialty Match, which is part of the National Residency Match Program for trainee selection. We strongly encourage applicants to submit applications through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS), along with all supporting documents.

Program Requirements

  • Three years of Internal Medicine or Family Medicine residency at an ACGME approved institution
  • ECFMG certification for foreign medical graduates
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement reflecting commitment to Geriatric Medicine
  • No minimum USMLE score requirement, but we do appreciate receiving copies of your scores
  • The University of Michigan GME utilizes the list of Medical Schools Recognized by Medical Board of California for eligibility in our fellowship program

Michigan Medicine will host all fellowship interviews virtually as the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has recommended.

We participate in J-1 visa programs, but require that you reside in the United States; we do not consider those living abroad.

Contact Us

Samuel Rentsch
Samuel Rentsch - Fellowship Coordinator

Sam Rentsch, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Coordinator

Email Us:  GerMedFellowshipApps@umich.edu

 

Life in Ann Arbor and at Michigan Medicine

Our fellows enjoy all that Ann Arbor and Michigan Medicine have to offer. Learn more.

Go Blue Guide

Clinical Care Settings

Our fellows gain clinical experience in inpatient, outpatient, hospice, post-acute rehab, and Veterans Affairs settings. Learn more.

Clinical Care Settings

 

   
Michigan Medicine Geriatrics Center  |  GRECC Affiliation