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“Our nearly 20-year-old geriatrics fellowship includes training in the full spectrum of care settings, including VA, mentored by experienced faculty across our partner programs. Our program has graduated over three dozen specialists, most of whom have continued their careers in academic programs. We aim to produce new clinical and academic leaders and inspire careers that share our vision to improve the quality of lives of older adults.
The Brown Geriatric Medicine Fellowship offers a one-year ABIM-accredited clinical track, a two-year advanced academic track and a three-year research-intensive program that includes a 2-year MPH program, in close collaboration with Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research of the Brown School of Public Health.
Graduates of the Brown Geriatric Medicine Fellowship program will be able to demonstrate the ability to:
The training program, as specified by ACGME, is one clinically intensive year; all fellows have the same didactic and clinical curriculum, as well as Medical Directorship in nursing homes and Research Skills course
Fellows have the option of additional training; a second year emphasizes learning to teach and scholarship to pursue a faculty career as educator-clinician.
Each fellow undertakes a scholarly project in year 2. The balance among research, teaching, and administrative training in year 2 is determined individually, depending upon career goals.
For fellows pursuing research-intensive careers, a 3-year program includes master’s in public health at the Brown School of Public Health.
For more information on Brown MPH program, please visit: https://www.brown.edu/academics/public-health/home.
Fellows provide direct patient care during all rotations mentored by a teaching faculty.
Clinical components consist of the following rotations:
(Click here for a sample rotation schedule)
Fundamentals of Geriatrics
For the first 10 Thursdays of the academic year beginning in July, core clinical topics in geriatric medicine, palliative medicine and geriatric psychiatry are presented from 8-11 AM. Speakers are Brown faculty experts.
One geriatric medicine or palliative medicine or geriatric psychiatry fellow is assigned every other week to present a case conference under the supervision of one faculty member, from 8-9 AM on Thursday morning, following completion of the summer Fundamentals of Geriatrics series (above).
One fellow or Internal Medicine Resident rotating through geriatrics is assigned monthly to choose 1-2 recent and important geriatrics-relevant articles from peer-reviewed general medicine or geriatrics journals to present on Thursday morning from 8-9 AM. The assigned individual describes and analyzes each article.
Advanced Geriatric Seminars
During the 9-11 AM session, seminars during the remainder of the year cover additional topics that were not covered in the summer. Senior faculty or invited guests present topics on aging.
Multidisciplinary Ambulatory Care Conference
Once a month, geriatrics fellows take turns presenting a complex case during the conference to discuss challenging questions/dilemmas in the patient’s management
Faculty members cover basic concepts and strategies of clinical research in aging; emphasis is on critical reading of the literature and quality improvement.
Department of Medicine Grand Rounds
Medicine Grand Rounds are held once a week, on Tuesday mornings at 8 AM
Medical Directorship in Nursing home
Aman Nanda, MD, CMD, conducts a 5-lecture series on administrative and clinical issues related to nursing home care and medical directorship.
Salah Elhamamsy, MD
Ashna Rajan, MD
Thomas Bayer, MD
Marilyne Cadieux, MD
Rama Krishna Vura, MD – Attending at Akron Medical Center, Akron, OH
Philip Tsoukas, MD – Rheumatology Fellowship at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Syed Ashad Abid, MD- Geriatrician and Palliative Medicine specialist, GA
Yasin Abul, MD – 3rd year Resident, Internal Medicine, Kent Hospital, Warwick, RI
Matthew Levin, MD – Geriatrician, Laureate Medical Group, Atlanta, GA
Bradley Minter, MD – Hospitalist, Port Jefferson, NY
Stelley Smith, MD – Geriatrician and Palliative Medicine, Geenboro, NC
Manoj Bhattarai, MD – Private Practice, Belle Glade, FL
Iva Neupane, MD – Faculty, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI
Erkan Ozturk, MD- Geriatrician, Medstar Health, Baltimore, MD
Yusuf Konuk, MD – Hospitalist, Southcoast Physician Group, New Bedford, MA
Sevdenur Cizginer, MD – Faculty, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI
Sylvester Sarfraz, MD – Faculty, Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Hospitalist, The Miriam Hospital, Providence, RI
Ramesh Adhikari, MD – Hospitalist, Terre Haute, IN
Stephanie Chow,MD – Faculty, Mount Sinai Health System, New York, NY
Christina Rincon,MD – Geriatrician, Santa Cruz, CA
Kapil Sharma, MD – Faculty, University of Maryland Medical System, Bel Air, MD
Yew-Xin Teh, MD – Faculty, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, ME
Nadia Mujahid,MD – Faculty, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI
Mriganka Singh,MD – Faculty, Case Western University, Ohio
Anne-Halli-Tierney, MD – Faculty, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
Anna Troncales, MD – Geriatrician, Hallandale Beach, FL
Rebecca Starr, MD – Medical Director, Geriatrics, Cooley Dickinson Health Care, Northampton, MA
Gary Blanchard, MD – Faculty, UMass Medical School, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Worcester MA
Mia Tomas, MD – Geriatrician, Portland, OR
Timothy Farrell, MD – Faculty, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT
Porpon Rotjanapan, MD – Faculty, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
Deepak Thiagarajan, MD – Chair – Division of Medicine, San Bernardine Medical Center, San Bernardino, CA
Ana Tuya, MD – Faculty, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, RI
John Kleckley, MD – Geriatrician, Mount Pleasant, SC
Sourya Mahapatra, MD – Geriatrician, Nashua, NH
Ramona Rhodes, MD, MPH – Faculty, UT Southwestern Med Center, Dallas, TX
Michael Gerardo, DO, MPH – Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, St. Louis, MO
Terri Lee Spencer, MD – Brockton, MA
Rollin Wright, MD, MPH – Faculty, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
Howard Nachamie, MD – Geriatrician, Bedford, MA
Steven LaFond, MD – Geriatrician, Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, CA
Eligibility criteria for Geriatrics program: Preference will be given to applicants who have strong letters of reference; who have demonstrated excellence in residency training in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine; and whose personal statement demonstrates interest in and commitment to geriatrics.
The Brown Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program participates in the National Residency Matching Program. Applications are accepted through the ERAS system at www.aamc.org/eras. Completion of a U.S. internal medicine / family medicine residency program is required. To request additional information, please contact our Program Coordinator, Dora Bethel at DBethel@lifespan.org or 401-444-5248 or Dr. Aman Nanda, Program Director at Aman_Nanda@Brown.edu.
Fellow Benefits: Benefits include four weeks of vacations per year, CME allowance, funding to attend one national meeting, health and dental insurance (individual or family), disability insurance, and life insurance. Details can be obtained through the Rhode Island Hospital Graduate Medical Education office.