Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of Geriatric Medicine

Education and Training

Fellowship Program

VA Fellowship in Advanced Geriatrics

VA Fellowship in Advanced Geriatrics

The Division of Geriatric Medicine, in cooperation with the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, offers a VA Advanced Fellowship in Geriatrics. The purpose of this training program is to foster the development of leadership in healthcare issues of the elderly. The program leverages the international prominence of the VA's GRECCs to provide outstanding training opportunities in clinical practice, to contribute to the improvement of clinical practice, and to advance scholarly pursuits that will benefit care for elderly veterans and all older Americans. Physician fellows must have completed an ACGME or AOA accredited residency, and either already be certified or actively pursuing board certification.

Program Description

The two-year curriculum provides education in health services research, research methods, educational and evaluative design, written and oral communication skills, quality improvement methods, leadership skills, patient safety, and project management, and also provides opportunities to pursue more intensive training in any of these disciplines. Fellows spend at least 75% of their time in scholarly pursuit of geriatrics coursework and research, and no more than 25% in clinical care. 

Fellows develop and implement a research project resulting in some form of professional recognition such as submission of a manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal or presentation at a recognized professional forum. The majority of fellows' clinical care responsibilities are conducted at VA facilities. Every fellow is assigned at least one mentor in the first quarter of the program. The mentor will provide assistance with project and research methodology and content and with guidance in personal and professional development through synthesis of an individualized learning plan.

Application Instructions

To inquire about the application process or learn more about the VA Fellowship in Advanced Geriatrics, please contact:

Linda Eazor
Education Coordinator
Kaufmann Medical Building
3471 Fifth Ave, Suite 500
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone: (412) 802-8615
Fax: (412) 692-2370