Geriatric Medicine Fellowship


The UCSF Clinical Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine is a 12-month experience designed for physicians who have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency in internal medicine or family practice. We seek individuals with exceptional talent, great interpersonal skills, and a strong drive to be at the forefront of advances in clinical medicine and research.


The clinical opportunities allow geriatric fellows to explore both the depth and breadth of geriatric medicine through longitudinal primary care experiences and block rotations in a variety of clinical settings. The UCSF Geriatric Medicine fellowship is based at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC), but utilizes a wide variety of academic and community based programs for clinical training. San Francisco is home to an ethnically, culturally, and economically diverse population of elders, and boasts many innovative aging programs, making it an ideal location for clinical geriatric training.

Participating Institutions

  • San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC)
  • UCSF Medical Center and Mount Zion Medical Centers
  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG)
  • Over 60 Health Center – Berkeley
  • Jewish Home of San Francisco
  • On Lok Senior Health Services

Fellowship Rotations

Month Long Rotations (and locations):

  • Acute Care for the Elders (ACE) Unit (SFGH and SFVAMC)
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine (SFVAMC)
  • Medical Direction (SFVAMC, On Lok)
  • Geropsychiatry (SFVAMC, )
  • Housecalls (UCSF and Mount Zion Medical Centers)
  • Neurology (UCSF and SFVAMC)
  • Rehabilition Medicine (SFVAMC)
  • Subspecialty Clinics (UCSF and SFVAMC)
  • Electives (various locations)

Longitudinal Experiences:

  • Geriatric Outpatient Clinics (SFVAMC and Over 60 Health Center)
  • Community Living Center (SFVAMC):  Offering long-term, post-acute, and hospice care.       


Direct clinical teaching is supplemented by weekly core curriculum, palliative care and ambulatory lecture series, journal club, a works in progress conference, and geriatrics grand rounds. The curriculum includes core material in geriatrics and gerontology, teaching and educational scholarship, and critical review of the medical literature.

Research Training

Fellows are encouraged to develop skills in multiple areas and are expected to produce a scholarly project in collaboration with faculty. Many clinical fellows have elected to pursue an additional two or more years of research training, as we offer ample funding opportunities to allow several years of training. Fellows are also given the opportunity to familiarize themselves with ongoing research projects, choose a research mentor, and start a research project or collaborate in ongoing projects.

Contact information

Eric Widera, MD
Program Director

Elaine Chow
Education Coordinator
UCSF Division of Geriatrics 
4150 Clement St. VA181G
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 221-4810 x 24453

To Apply

To apply, please read about our application process.