About the Program
Welcome and thank you for your interest in our Fellowship.
It is a joy to lead others in gaining expertise in Geriatric Medicine. Fellows are the hope of our future in Geriatrics. As all health care providers will benefit from knowledge about the specialized care of the older adult, Geriatricians are useful in not just caring for the older adults but sharing their knowledge with others as well as being leaders in the public arena regarding health care in the future. Our Fellowship aims to train well-rounded, compassionate Geriatrician leaders.
Our one-year clinical fellowship is a cooperative effort between the hospital, health system, the Landon Center on Aging, the Eastern Kansas and Kansas City Veteran’s Administrations, and the university's departments of Family Medicine and Internal Medicine.
For more than 30 years, we have been training fellows to build the necessary skills to practice in a wide variety of settings, such as academic medical centers and community settings including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, long-term care, and outpatient clinics. Fellows gain broad clinical exposure and experience a range of educational and scholarly activities. Highlights include a culturally diverse patient population, a balance between service and education, and a focus on leadership and scholastic development. And the fellowship provides the resources and support to pass the board examination in geriatric medicine.
The curriculum is organized to provide a longitudinal experience at a sufficient level for the fellow to acquire the competence of a geriatrician in patient care, medical knowledge, professionalism, communication, interpersonal skills, system-based practice, and practice-based learning and improvement.
Our training program has clinical experiences as follows:
- Inpatient Geriatrics Assessments (KU)
- Inpatient Palliative Care (KU and VA)
- Outpatient Palliative Care (VA)
- Inpatient and Outpatient Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (KU)
- Skilled Nursing Facility
- Assisted Living
- Medical Direction/Long-Term Care (VA)
- Inpatient Geriatric Consults (KU)
- Geriatric Syndromes with outpatient experience in dementia care, movement disorders, urology, and urogynecology, wound care, osteoporosis
- Geriatrics Interprofessional Assessment Clinic
- Primary Care Geriatrics Clinic
- House Calls
- Long Term Care
- Journal Club
- GeriPal Ethics Conference
- Core reading/discussion
- Board review
- Education and teaching
- Mentoring in leadership skills
- Case conferences
- Local supplementary research and clinical conferences
The primary aim of these weekly conferences is to ensure that the required educational content for an accredited geriatric fellowship program is covered in a cogent, concise and structured manner. These core curriculum conferences use the current Geriatric Review Syllabus as the textbook. This is a fellow-driven interactive course.
This monthly conference provides the fellows with an in-depth discussion of study design, research methods, and data analysis. We emphasize research methods and statistical analysis as well as critique the author's conclusions.
This is a joint ethics seminar for the Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care fellowships that started in July 2012. With the support of medical ethicists from the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine, this seminar explores the ethical dimensions of recent clinical cases through a case-based approach led by the fellows. In addition to its focus on bioethics, this seminar expands to include discussion of health law, professional guidelines, and the role of multiple professions in addressing ethical challenges. Learners from all four health profession schools and the Schools of Social Welfare and Law participate in this monthly seminar.
Morbidity and Mortality
The goal of this conference is to provide fellows an opportunity to review challenging cases encountered in the in-patient, outpatient consult service, or long-term care facility setting.
Fellows visit and learn about local community resources for older adults such as the Alzheimers Association, the Area Agency on Aging, Dementia specialty units, Medical supply house, and many more.
Geriatric Medicine Board Review
It is the expectation of the University of Kansas Medical Center Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program that each fellow will take and pass the Geriatric Certifying Exam within one year of completing the program. These monthly sessions are designed to assist the fellow in preparing for the exam.
The University of Kansas Health System is a 910-bed world-class academic medical center and destination for complex diagnoses and care. We offer more options for patients with serious conditions because of our expertise and leadership in patient care, medical research, and education. We serve over 235,000 patients each year and ranked 29th by US News and World Reports for Best Hospitals for Geriatrics in 2022.
The University of Kansas Medical Center enrolls more than 3700 students each year and offers a thriving urban experience and top-ranked academic and research programs in the schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professions.
The Theo and Alfred M. Landon Center on Aging
Geriatrics at the Landon Center on Aging encompasses three major areas: clinical care, teaching, and research.
The Landon Center's clinical emphasis is housed in the Geriatrics Clinic where older adults receive high-quality patient-centered health care and health-related services through the provision of primary care or interdisciplinary consultative care regarding issues related to aging.
The Landon Center on Aging has a strong emphasis on education with the goal of serving the needs of Kansas as well as the region. The Center generously supports the Geriatrics Fellowship as well as the education of health care professionals including every single Medical Student and resident in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine.
In addition, the importance of creating new knowledge related to aging through research is an important priority of the Landon Center with nationally and internationally recognized research programs.
Colmery-O'Neill Veterans Affairs Administration Medical Center Since 1946, the staff of the Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center, located in Topeka, Kansas, has been serving veterans. The VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System serves as the primary health care provider for veterans in eastern Kansas and northwestern Missouri. The Topeka VA is located 1 hour and 15 minutes from the KU Med Center
Brookdale - Rosehill
Brookdale Rosehill is classified as a 5-Star Continuing Care Retirement Community, as evaluated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and is considered a preferred provider of KU Medical Center amongst other local hospitals. Brookdale Rosehill is located in the heart of Shawnee, KS.
Levels of care include Skilled Nursing (66 beds), Long Term Care (24 beds), and Assisted Living (44 apartments).
Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center (KC VAMC) is one of eight medical centers in the Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN). The mission of the KC VAMC is to provide high-quality, comprehensive primary and tertiary healthcare to Veterans in the area, and to provide selected specialty care services to referred Veterans. Its mission is also to provide education and training to healthcare professionals and to perform research that benefits Veterans. The KC VA is located 15 minutes from the KU Med Center in Kansas City, MO.