Geriatric Medicine Fellowship


Our Mission

Our mission is to train geriatric medicine fellows in delivering and developing innovations in person-centered medical care — care that helps older adults safely navigate the health care system, maintain dignity and independence, and experience improved quality of life and well-being.


  1. To train clinically excellent, curious and compassionate specialists in geriatric medicine.
  2. To produce future leaders who will innovate in education, systems improvement and research towards a future of person-centered, high-quality health care for all older adults.
  3. To provide geriatric medicine fellows with the tools to maximize resilience and wellness throughout their career. 
  4. To enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion within the educational and clinical environment.

Our Experience

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.

Fellowship Schedule


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 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

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

Fellowship Rotations

Month Long Rotations (and locations):

  • UCSF Geriatrics Consult Service and Ortho Co-Management
  • SFVAMC Consult Service
  • ZSFG Acute Care for the Elders (ACE) Unit
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine (SFVAMC)
  • Medical Direction (SFVAMC, On Lok)
  • Geropsychiatry (SFVAMC)
  • Housecalls (UCSF and Mount Zion Medical Centers)
  • Neurology (UCSF and SFVAMC)
  • Rehabilition and Post-Acute Care (UCSF and Jewish Home)
  • Subspecialty Clinics (UCSF and SFVAMC)
  • Electives (various locations)

Longitudinal Experiences:

  • Geriatric Outpatient Clinics (UCSF Housecalls, UCGC Clinic, and SFVAMC)
  • 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. 

T32 Aging RESEARCH Fellowship

VA National Quality Scholars Program

Contact Information

Eric Widera, MD
Program Director
[email protected]

Elaine Chow
Education Coordinator
[email protected]

Application Process

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