University of Hawaii Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program

photo of current geriatric medicine fellows, program administration

The ACGME-accredited fellowship program in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Hawaii began in 1986 as a two-year program, and has grown to its current size of 11 fully funded fellowship positions.   All graduates are certified or eligible for Board Certification in Geriatric Medicine. The program has an excellent Geriatrics Board examination pass rate, many with scores well surpassing the national average. The program is currently one of the largest fellowship programs in the United States.

There are 2 fellowship tracks:

  • Clinical Track: 1 year; graduates eligible for Board Certification in Geriatrics. This one-year track is fully accredited by the ACGME.
  • Academic Track: 2 years; research, medical education and administration tracks available.  This is an optional non-accredited track for fellows desiring to pursue academic geriatric medicine careers.

The program has a large and diverse faculty.

  • Core Faculty: These are core geriatrician faculty who work closely with the fellows.
  • Associate Faculty: These are associate faculty, including physicians from a variety of disciplines (Geriatric Medicine, Geriatric Psychiatry, Neurology, Cardiology, Epidemiology), and doctoral level faculty (Gerontology, Public Health, Social Work, Sociology, Nursing, Law, Audiology, Dentistry and Statistics).

Fellows receive training designed to improve their clinical skills with older patients. Experience is gained with a wide range of older patients, from relatively well ambulatory patients to more severely impaired elders. Fellows receive training in various settings, including inpatient, outpatient, nursing home, and home care. Experiences include primary care geriatrics, consultative medicine, rehabilitation, and palliative and end-of-life care. Clinical training sites include Kuakini Medical Center, Queen’s Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Department of Veterans Affairs, and multiple community-based nursing homes on Oahu.

Fellows receive formal instruction in research methodology, epidemiology, and statistics, and are encouraged to participate in research. Hawaii is the home of several internationally known research projects in dementia, heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis. Additionally, there are usually one or more clinical trials providing an optional experience for fellows with medications in the developmental stages. Fellows present scientific abstracts at local and national meetings, and prepare papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Fellows receive an average of 8 hours of didactic teaching each week. The curriculum of the program is extensive and prepares fellows well for the board certification examination.
The didactic experiences include:

  • Core Curriculum lectures;
  • Journal Club;
  • Evidence-Based Medicine Seminar;
  • Chapter Review;
  • Board Review;
  • Morbidity and Mortality Case Presentations;
  • Medical Directorship of Nursing Homes Seminar;
  • Palliative Care Seminar;
  • Law and Ethics Seminar;
  • Teaching Skills Seminar;
  • Career Development Seminar.

In addition, fellows attend local and national conferences in geriatrics.

For more information on the Fellowship Program please contact:
Program Administrator: Danielle Kamalani-Patoc
Email:  Tel (808) 523-8461

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