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Geriatric Fellowship Program


University of Colorado Denver
12631 East 17th Ave.
Campus Box B-179
Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: (303) 724-8339 Fax: (303) 724-1918


Denver Department of Veterans Affairs
Geriatric Section
1055 Clermont St., Mail Code 111D
Denver, CO 80220


To apply:

The Geriatric Fellowship Training Program at the University of Colorado is currently participating in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). To apply, please complete your application in ERAS.

https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/eras/
AAMC ID: 13629478

For more information, or if you have additional questions, please contact:

Andi Chisel
Program Coordinator
Ph: 303-724-8339
andrea.chisel@ucdenver.edu

General

Our Division of Geriatric Medicine is medium in size (12 MDs, 1 MD/PhD, 3 PhDs, 2 NPs). We pride ourselves in taking a very personal mentoring approach for each fellow based on their personal career goals.

We emphasize a coordinated and high-quality educational experience for our fellows. Fellows do not have service obligations and thus never serve as a “warm body” to fill a required patient care position. We average 2-3 fellows per year.

We matriculate clinician-educators, clinical-investigators, and clinicians from our fellowship; many graduates stay at the University or within the Denver community.

On the Anschutz Medical Campus, fellows have access to several institutions, including: 1) the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Graduate Studies as well as College of Nursing 2) University of Colorado Hospital; 3) Children’s Hospital Colorado; 4) NIH-funded Cancer Center; 5) Lion’s Eye Center; and 6) the new location of the Denver VA Medical Center, currently under construction (expected occupancy late 2015).

In September 2014, our program within the Denver VA was selected to receive the first new Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) funded by the VA in over 15 years.

Fellows have several interdisciplinary opportunities for clinical and research training. We have close partnerships with very strong Divisions of General Internal Medicine (clinical and research interests in palliative medicine and medical education), Health Care Policy and Research (research interests in care transitions), and Department of Family Medicine (rural healthcare.)

We have had an institutional Center on Aging since 1994 that exists in the Vice Chancellor’s Office and includes faculty from all 6 schools on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Denver has a fabulous 4-season climate and is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. Denver has more sunny days than any other major city in the United States (>300 days/yr) and outstanding proximity to outdoor recreation (skiing, hiking, climbing, bicycling, running, rafting/kayaking). All major professional sports are represented (football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer and lacrosse). The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is a multi-venue facility supporting major traveling productions, theater, opera, dance and symphony.

Education

A full assortment of educational opportunities (learning/teaching) including: 1) Grand Rounds; 2) Journal Club; 3) Research Conference; 4) Fellows Teaching Conference; 5) Post-Clinic Fellows’ Conference and UCH Seniors Clinic Multidisciplinary Conference; 6) Weekday Morning Conferences (emphasizing geriatric syndromes and problems) for residents/students; 7) Nursing home administration; 8) Medicare and other payers.

The University Academy of Medical Educators offers a 1-month elective on medical education for fellows and an 18 month Teaching Scholars Program for faculty who wish to pursue a career in medical education.

Ongoing close interactions with learners at every level in multiple fields (medicine, pharmacists, nursing, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers).

Emphasis on inter-professional learning among all of the schools on the Anschutz Medical Campus as well as leadership development for faculty and trainees.

Clinical (“Partnership-based Medicine”)

Fellowship experiences that span: 1) University and VA; 2) outpatient experiences; 3) inpatient experiences; 4) post-hospital sub-acute care; 5) nursing home longitudinal care and administration; 6) hospice and palliative care; 7) group medical visits; 8) home visits; 9) multidisciplinary care and team-based practice; 10) physical therapy and rehabilitation; and 11) selected subspecialty rotations.

A healthcare consortium that includes 4 hospitals along the front-range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Strong ongoing relationships with geriatric medicine leaders in the community, including active involvement with the Colorado Medical Directors Association.

Research (includes federal, local, private and foundation support)

Our post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty who conduct aging-related research do exceptionally well in getting career development awards and independent academic career funding. At present we have 8 junior faculty (doing aging research) with K-awards (career development awards), including 5 active Beeson Scholars (9 total).

Our Ruth L. Kirschstein (Institutional) National Research Service Award (T32) in aging research training is in its 14th year and has positions for 5 pre-doctoral and 5 post-doctoral trainees (MD and PhD) each year.

University of Colorado has a newly refunded Clinical and Translational Science Award and Clinical and Translational Research Center with multiple training opportunities.

We have a diverse range of funded research programs related to improving care for older adults. Topics include: 1) women’s health; 2) exercise and functional decline; 3) complications and treatment of obesity; 4) metabolic bone disease/osteoporosis; 5) vascular function; 6) cognitive decline; 7) nursing home care (heart failure in NH; alternatives to NH care); 8) advance care planning and decision-making (ICD decision tools); 9) palliative care (with a newly funded T32 in Palliative Medicine); 10) driving and geriatric injury prevention; 11) immunosenescence; 12) HIV in older adults; 13) hormone replacement; 14) rehabilitation (after joint replacement).

The University offers multiple junior faculty research programs to promote moving from career (K) to independent (R) awards.

The Clinical Faculty Scholars program within the School of Medicine (emphasizing scientific writing, leadership, junior faculty collaboration) with current participation by one of our junior faculty.

Additional resources include: Colorado Health Outcomes Center (COHO) and Center for Research in Implementation Science and Prevention (CRISP)

Living at 5280

 
 
 

Welcome to Denver, The Great 5280 (Mile High City), where 300 days of sunshine, a thriving cultural scene, diverse neighborhoods, and natural beauty combine for the world's most spectacular playground.

A young, active city at the base of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Denver's stunning architecture, award-winning dinning and unparalleled views are all within a short driving (or biking) distance from our Anschutz Medical Campus.

The Mile High City is a great year-round destination, combining urban excitement and western heritage with outdoor adventures, from a concert at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater or day trips to hike and mountain bike, to the best of American skiing.