My experience as a geriatrics medicine fellow at the University of Washington was outstanding! The rich educational environment fostered my academic development and solidified my interest in a career in academic geriatrics, Annie Medina-Walpole MD (Chief of Geriatrics at University of Rochester, national leader as a geriatrics clinician educator)

After conducting a national search of geriatric medicine fellowship programs, I was convinced that the University of Washington program offered the strongest combination of clinical and research training. The breadth and depth of research opportunities is endless., Eric Coleman MD, MPH (Head, Division of Health Care Policy & Research, University of Colorado; National Leader in transitions of care research and practice change, McArthur Genius Award Recipient)


I experienced the full spectrum of geriatric medicine from leading the inpatient geriatric medical team to involvement in the administration and interdisciplinary management of long term care patients. Throughout these experiences ran common threads of leadership development, fostering of teaching skills, and support for [scholarly] endeavors, Jonathan Wanagat MD, PhD (Director, UCLA MSTAR and Assistant Professor of Geriatrics)


The primary aims of our fellowship program are:

  • To train multiskilled geriatricians by providing the highest quality clinical training that emphasizes diversity with respect to patient population, sites of practice, and models of care
  • To train sought-after experts in interpreting, applying, and disseminating the latest evidence in the core areas of geriatrics (5 Ms: Mind, Mobility, Medications, Multi-complexity, and [what] Matters most)
  • To prepare the next generation of leaders and innovators in geriatric medicine



Meet our current fellows

Our program is ACGME Accredited. We offer a one year training program, with an option for additional years of training in research and scholarly activities.


Clinical services place emphasis on evidence-based, patient-centered primary care; chronic disease management; transitions of care, and interprofessional teamwork. Fellows learn from the diverse populations at our three main teaching hospitals, community settings, and nursing homes. Clinical services encompass the spectrum of:


  • Ambulatory care, Medical Home Model, and Outpatient consultation in a dedicated Senior Care Clinic and VA Geriatrics Clinic
  • Acute and subacute inpatient care, consultation, and surgical co-management in a Level 1 trauma center (serving a 5 state region) that also serves as the county safety-net hospital.
  • Geriatric psychiatry (inpatient and outpatient)
  • Home care / Home Based Primary Care
  • Nursing home care (subacute rehabilitation and long term care) and medical directorship
  • Palliative care and hospice
  • Program for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE)
  • Subspecialty geriatric ambulatory care clinics: Fall prevention, Memory Disorders, Rehab Medicine, Urinary incontinence, Geriatric Cardiology, Movement Disorders, Osteoporosis, Urology, Wound Care and more.
  • Our Division prides itself in providing high quality care to diverse patient populations in multiple care setting (hospital, ambulatory, home based, nursing home) including those who are underserved (Medicaid patients, uninsured, homeless, recent immigrants, racial and ethnic minorities) and Veterans.


Options for geriatric scholarly activities and leadership training include:


  • Education Training: Each fellow is trained and mentored in medical education principles and teaching techniques.  Fellows interact with trainees on most rotations and have ample opportunities to take part in elective teaching experiences.
    • Bedside/clinical teaching of students, residents, interdisciplinary team members
    • Optional large group, small group/case based teaching with students
    • Community teaching
    • Education classes and faculty development courses through the Department of Bioinformatics and Medical Education available for interested fellows.
    • Opportunity to be a part of the Center for Leadership in Medical Education for training and mentorship
    • Opportunities available through our Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center


  • Research Opportunities: Fellows have opportunities to pursue advanced fellowship in a variety of realms both within our Division and outside.  We have a VA advanced fellowship in Geriatric Medicine as well as a variety of affiliated training grants.  Fellows have also successfully pursued Heath Services Research and Development Fellowships at the VA.
    • Animal Models
    • Cell Biology
    • Clinical Epidemiology
    • Clinical Research
    • Dementia and Neuroscience
    • Health Services Research
    • Molecular Biology
    • Genetics
    • Medical Education, Economics, and Ethics
    • Palliative Care


  • Quality Improvement Training: All fellows get training and mentorship in QI and complete a mentored QI project in an area of their interest.  Fellows utilize the expertise/mentorship of a Quality Improvement experts and  mentors in our Division. Fellows also have ample opportunities to pursue areas of interest including QI committees on a hospital, nursing home, or system wide level, and can take advantage of a diverse set of QI training opportunities available at UW.  Fellows are encouraged to take part in the extensive/cross-departmental QI opportunities available through the nationally recognized Housestaff Quality and Safety Committee .
    • Diverse quality improvement opportunities in hospital, ambulatory, long term care and other settings
    • QI scholarship
    • Formal QI training


Fellows participate in the regular teaching activities of the Division, including: journal club, research seminars, and Grand Rounds. In addition, fellows have their own didactic series, participate in the West Coast Most Difficult Case Conference, monthly Professional Development Series, and can participate in geriatrics telehealth and palliative medicine conferences.


If you look across the country, you will find that many leaders in various facets of Aging and Geriatric Medicine trained in our fellowship program. Many of the faculty in our Division trained here and stayed on due to the breadth of opportunities and the collegiality among Division Members and across UW Medicine entities.

Our past fellows are now:

  • Clinician/Teachers including Program Directors, national education leaders, education researchers.
  • Community leaders in health care of older adults including national innovators on Care Transitions and Health Care Payment reform
  • Physician/Scientists, many of whom are internationally recognized for their contributions to Aging Research
  • Long-term care specialists
  • Medical Directors in long term care and hospice, with a strong advocate role for patients and system improvement including Board Members of the American Medical Director Association and Medical Director of the Year.
  • Palliative and hospice care providers
  • Hospitalists including those who lead initiatives to improve the care of hospitalized older adults
  • Program for All Inclusive Care of the Elderly, leaders/providers
  • Innovators of new models of care for older adults
  • Health System Leaders including many Department & Division Heads, Hospital Medical Directors, Health Care Organization leaders, Quality and Safety Champions


For details on where past UW Geriatric Medicine fellows are making an impact see Where They Are Now.



For questions contact either of our Program Directors:

     - Katherine A. Bennett M.D., Program Director .  (bennett4@uw.edu)

     - May J. Reed M.D., Associate Program Director (mjr@uw.edu)


Mailing Address:

    Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

    Harborview Medical Center

    325 9th Avenue, Box 359755

    Seattle, WA 98104

    Phone: 206-744-9100

    Fax: 206-744-9976