Geriatrics Scholarship Award Summit

The UCSF Division of Geriatrics is excited to announce the fifth annual Geriatrics Scholarship Award Summit open to ACGME interns and residents in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine. The goal of the Award is to stimulate interest in a career in academic geriatrics by recognizing residents’ scholarly or research achievements in aging or geriatrics. Each award carries with it a cash prize of $250 plus a stipend to cover travel and lodging in San Francisco to present their work at a special award summit. This year's winners are:

  • Allison Mays: PGY-2, Cedars Sinai and West Los Angeles VA Internal Medicine Residency Program.  Project: "Development of a Universal Assessment Tool for California Home and Community-Based Services." read abstract
  • Elizabeth Phung: PGY-2, Allegheny General Hospital/ West Penn Hospital, Interested in Geri and Palliative Care.  Project: "Does the Palliative Performance Scale Correlate with Mortality in the Geriatric Trauma Population?"
    read abstract
  • Jordan Harrison: PGY-2 University of Colorado School of Medicine; Project "Social isolation and Frailty in the Health, Aging and Body Composition Study (HABC)." read abstract
  • Shannon Skinner - PGY-1, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Internal Medicine; Project: "Development of an inpatient geriatric rotation for Internal Medicine residents" read abstract
  • Sheryl Ramdass: PGY-2, Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine. Project: "From hospital to community: Use of antipsychotics in hospitalized elders, follow up study" read abstract
  • Uma Tadepalli: PGY-2, Cambridge Health Alliance.  Project: "Reducing hospital admissions in a PACE program with a weekly “M&M” review." read abstract


2015 Summit Awardees and Geriatric Faculty

  • Applicants must currently be house officers in any year of training at an ACGME accredited program in internal medicine or family medicine.  Because the goal of the award is to identify interns and residents who have a burgeoning interest in geriatrics residents who are already committed to a specific geriatrics fellowship program are not eligible.
  • Applicants must have worked on a scholarly or research project during their medical training (i.e. medical school, masters program, and/or residency training) defined as:
    • Research Projects:
      • Research should show results
      • Research may have been conducted prior to housestaff training (e.g., medical school, college, masters program).
      • Research may have been already presented/published (if so, please attach).
    • Scholarly Projects: projects may include but are not limited to:
        • Curricular design project
        • Community, clinical or educational program development
        • Quality improvement projects
        • Leadership projects
        • Public policy projects

  • Availability to attend the Scholarship Award Summit on June 4th-5th, 2015 (attendance is mandatory to receive the award)

Selection Criteria

The Division of Geriatrics will create a review committee that will evaluate each application based upon:

  • Quality of applicant/likelihood for success in academic medicine
  • Demonstration of an interest in geriatric medicine
  • Quality of scholarly activity or research project

Application Details

2014 Awardees and Geriatric Faculty Members

  • Each applicant must complete a short application that includes a CV, a statement of interest in academic geriatrics (in less than 500 words), and an abstract summarizing his/her research or scholarly project (in less than 500 words). Applicants will also need to have one letter of recommendation from his/her program director or mentor. The application and the letter of recommendation will be accepted via email (
  • The deadline for application materials is April 3, 2015. Award winners will be announced on April 10th, and invitations extended for presentations to be made on June 4th-5th.
  • Download application here

The Award

Awardees will receive a $250 award in addition to plane fare and lodging in San Francisco for two nights.

Summit Events

  • Activities will be located in San Francisco and are spaced out in a one and a half day summit:
    • Thursday night – June 4th, 2015: Awardee's dinner with the faculty and fellows
    • Friday – June 5th, 2015:  Awardee's presentation; selected faculty and fellow discussions highlighting the diversity of interests and career paths in geriatric medicine

Key Dates

  • April 3rd, 2015 – Application Deadline
  • June 4th-5th, 2015 – Program Dates


Contact Information

Elaine Chow
415-221-4810 ext 24453
Funding for this program is provided by: Tideswell logo