The Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program is accredited under the auspices of Jackson Health System / Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH) and its affiliated institutions, including the University of Miami (UM) Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and the Bruce W. Carter Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). The fellowship director is responsible for the development, implementation, and coordination of the Geriatric Medicine Training Program in accordance with criteria established by “The Essentials of Accredited Residencies in Graduate Medical Education.” The program directorship and support is derived principally from the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine in the Department of Medicine. The division participates fully in the educational affairs of the Department of Medicine. The faculty of the division is responsible for staffing the geriatrics programs at various sites in south Florida, including the Miami VAMC, Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami Hospital (UMH), Miami Jewish Health Systems, and the MorseLife Joseph L Morse Geriatric Center in West Palm Beach.

The program strives to elucidate and apply the bio psychosocial aging model to improve health and independence (quality of life) for older persons. We achieve these goals through understanding, applying, teaching, innovating, and promulgating interdisciplinary approaches to the problems of the older person in the modern world. Our holistic approach integrates faculty from the entire spectrum of academic disciplines, ranging from molecular genetics to health-policy development.

Our program offers training in the inpatient and outpatient setting, covering all geriatric settings. Acute Care and Care Transitions, Long Term Care – Nursing home, Subacute Care at the Geriatric Evaluation & Management (GEM) unit, outpatient care following the Patient Centered Medical Home Model (community) and Patient Aligned Care Team (VHA). The program also offers training for consultation services for inpatient and outpatient, and specialty clinics in the following areas: geriatric psychiatry, frailty syndrome, urinary incontinence, memory disorders, falls and mobility disorders, wound care, and the Gerofit exercise program. There is also a home-based primary care program. This program also offers the experience of private practice at the MorseLife (West Palm Beach) rehabilitation center.

ACGME Accredited:  yes
Residents or Fellows per year:  10 fellows
Duration:  One year of ACGME approved fellowship
Postgraduate Training Required:  Internal Medicine or Family Medicine
U.S. Citizenship Required:  No

Residents/Fellows who have graduated our program in the last 10 years obtained faculty positions at:

  • Miami VA Medical Center
  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Florida State University
  • Florida International University
  • New York University

Teaching Hospitals

  • Miami VA Health Care System
  • University of Miami Hospital
  • University of Miami Sylvester Cancer and Comprehensive Center
  • Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • MorseLife, West Palm Beach
  • Miami Jewish Health Systems

Completion of an ACGME accredited medical residency in internal medicine or family medicine
Timely application submitted through ERAS
Interview at our facility

Application Deadline
Deadline for Fellowship starting in 2016 is June 2016.
For the 2016 academic year, the process starts with the submission of a complete application at ERAS. Interviews are by invitation only, and no drop-ins are allowed. However, the program can accommodate visits from potential applicants, should the fellow contact with enough time. 

Board Exam Requirements
Consistent demonstration of ACGME competencies
Successful demonstration of ACGM Geriatric milestones

Educational & Other Experience
Geri-immersion: weekly during the first two months, practical series of education in geriatric core principles and activities, not a lecture-series, but requires active participation and role playing. This is considered protected time.

Evidence-based medicine: weekly, going beyond the journal club, a PICO question is developed by the fellow, and then Faculty mentors the fellow to search and present the best evidence available to answer the PICO question.

Geriatric Core Curriculum: weekly after Geri-immersion is completed, protected time for lectures on pertinent geriatric topics, with local and invited speakers.

Per ACGME, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship is a one-year program of clinical training, with required active participation in Quality Improvement Projects.

Miami VA offers additional “Advanced Fellowship”, which offers additional two years of training, of which 25% is clinical, and 75% is protected research time. Our Miami VA GRECC has expertise and ongoing research in the fields of type 2 diabetes, obesity, physical function, quality of life, bone and metabolism, health literacy, ageism, and use of information technology for management and education in older people.

Nicole Burnside
Program Coordinator
Phone: (305) 575-3388
Fax: (305) 575-3565

Jorge Ruiz, MD
Program Director

Maria “Rose” Van Zuilen
Director of the Student Clerkship