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Division of GIM Geriatric Fellowship

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The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Oregon Health & Science University together offer a one-year ACGME accredited clinical Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine. We also offer an optional second year of specialized geriatrics training in research or a major clinical aspect of geriatrics, e.g. dementia. Masters programs within OHSU are another option for academically bound fellows.

OHSU Geriatric Fellows rotate through numerous clinical settings within the cities of Portland and Vancouver thus experiencing the systems-based practices of the VA, OHSU, Legacy Healthcare System and Providence Healthcare System as well as private facilities and an option for a Kaiser longitudinal experience.

Geriatric evaluation and management services consist of Geriatric Assessment and Primary Care Clinics, a 72-bed VA Community Living Center/Subacute Unit, a 10-bed geriatric rehabilitation unit, and a home-hospital program. 

In addition, geriatric Fellows learn the consultative roles within geroneurology and geropsychiatry. Specialty rotations are scheduled in outpatient geroneurology, osteoporosis and women's incontinence clinics. 

A longitudinal nursing home experience is provided in a community setting with Fellowship faculty. Additional educational components include hospice, PACE, and acute inpatient settings and elective rotations. 

There are additional opportunities to train with geriatricians in the community. Fellows learn the principles of interdisciplinary assessment, management and rehabilitation of elderly patients with complex medical, psychological and socioeconomic problems.

Our geriatric program offers opportunities for the Fellow to teach housestaff and other health care professionals. Internal Medicine residents are assigned to our teaching service throughout the year. 

It is the philosophy of this program that critical thinking is an essential element of the Fellowship. Research opportunities are available and encouraged of the fellows.

Teaching Conferences

  1. Geriatric Fellows Conference: a weekly review of topics essential to the field of geriatric medicine including the biology, psychology and clinical aspects of care of the elderly.
  2. Twice monthly Journal Club: a review of selected recent literature dealing with specific problems (pathophysiologic, diagnostic, or therapeutic) that apply to geriatrics are reviewed twice monthly by the Fellows and faculty with an emphasis on the critical assessment of the presented study.
  3. Fellows are encouraged to attend Department of Medicine conferences, which include Noon Report and Noon Conference, weekly Grand Rounds, and Clinical Case Conferences.
  4. Tuesday Noon Palliative Care Conferences.
  5. Research Methods: This is presented weekly for geriatric and general medicine Fellows during the summer to foster individual projects and learn how to write for publication. Weekly Research in Progress presentations by OHSU faculty is available for participation. Fellows have the option to apply to the OHSU Human Investigations Program (HIP).

OHSU/Portland VA Medical Center Geriatrics Faculty

Yasmin Ansari, MD
Associate Fellowship Director
Assistant Professor

Amy Earhart, MD
Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD, MPH
Director of Geriatrics, Division of GIM & Geriatrics, OHSU
Associate Professor

Rima Jallad, MD
Hospice/Palliative Care Medical Director CLC
Assistant Professor

Sarah Goodlin, MD, FACC, FAAHPM
Chief of Geriatrics, Portland VAMC
Associate Professor

Scott Mader, MD, AGSF
Clinical Director, Rehab and Long Term Care Division, Portland VA Medical Center
Professor of Medicine

Shirin Sukumar, MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Mark Traines, MD, AGSF
Fellowship Program Director
Assistant Professor

Wendy Wanlass, MD
Medical Director CLC
Assistant Professor

How to Apply

We welcome the interest of Internal Medicine and Family Medicine residents in our program. In order to apply for the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, applicants must submit the following:

  1. Application Form VA 10-2850
  2. OHSU Application Form
  3. Curriculum vitae (including undergraduate major)
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Dean's letter verifying completion of medical school
  6. Letters from program director verifying previous specialty training including dates.
  7. Proof of licensure (copy of license and recent certificate of annual registration)
  8. A personal statement regarding your interest in a one- or two-year Fellowship and your career goals.

Applications and supporting letters should be sent to: 

Mark Traines, MD, AGSF
Program Director, Geriatric Fellowship
Dept. of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (P3-GERI)
3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Road
P.O. Box 1034
Portland, OR 97239
Phone: 503 220-8262 ext. 56245
FAX: 503 721-7807