Geriatric Fellowship

The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV Geriatric Fellowship Program is an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited one-year program. This program was established in 2019 and is currently admitting two fellows each year.

About the Program

Mission

The Geriatric Fellowship Program has the mission of strengthening geriatric care competency and developing the academic capability of training fellows.

Program Aim

Clinical Experience

The Geriatric Fellowship aims to ensure that each fellow achieves medical knowledge, professional communication skills, practice-based learning, and system-based practice experiences required by the ACGME.

Education

The Geriatric Fellowship curriculum provides a variety of didactic lectures and learning experiences to develop fellow's evidence-based, high-quality, efficient care services to older adults and their caregivers.

Community

The Geriatric Fellowship aims to narrow the unmet needs of the geriatrics workforce by training and retaining fellows in the state of Nevada.

Contact

Please contact us about questions you may have regarding your application to the program and interview.

Email: geriatrics.fellowship@medicine.unlv.edu

Program Highlights

  • Advanced training in the full spectrum of geriatric care
  • Specialized training in geriatrics diagnosis and management in a diverse population of patients in a variety of clinical settings
  • Development of research skills in clinical and/or translational research
  • A diverse faculty with expertise in all areas of geriatrics
  • Access to regular educational conferences with interdisciplinary professions encompassing Geriatrics Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Research Conference, Geriatrics Syndromes and Diseases, Quality Improvement Conferences
  • Opportunities to participate in multidisciplinary research along with UNLV College of Engineering and School of Public Health

Apply to the Fellowship Program

Our application requires the following:

  • CV
  • ACGME accredited internal or family medicine residency certificate
  • ERAS application

Geriatrics Curriculum

Below are the rotations for the one-year program:

  • Inpatient geriatric consult at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada
  • Long-term care at Mission Pines Nursing and Rehab Center
  • Primary and consultative geriatric care at UNLV Medicine clinics
  • Home-based primary care at Southern Nevada VA Health System
  • Telehealth services provided through UNLV Medicine and Southern Nevada VA Health System
  • Home-based primary care through Southern Nevada VA Health System
  • Geri-psychiatric, wound, physical medicine, dental, podiatry, hospice and palliative care at Southern Nevada VA Health System

Professional Development Opportunities

Training and Community Engagement

  • Geriatric Grand Rounds: Lectures presented bi-weekly focusing on geriatric medical conditions and topics relevant to the geriatric population.
  • UNLV Aging & Health Equity Research Journal Club: Articles are selected by faculty around a theme and presented in a critical fashion by the fellows. The club is held monthly and the topics are rotated month to month.
  • Monthly Geriatric Seminar and Mind-Body Project: For older adults, caregivers, families, and Nevada community stakeholders in Nevada Interprofessional Healthy Aging Network (NIHAN).
  • Engaging Asian Communities in Palliative Care in Nevada (EACPAC) Project: Aims to develop and disseminate culturally appropriate Palliative Care education that is relevant to Asian seniors (patients) and families. Funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Quality Improvement

  • Enhancing Advance Care Planning through Telehealth (ENACT): Applying telehealth to enhance Advance Care Planning discussions at UNLV Medicine
  • Nevada Network of Empowering Health Literacy (NNEHL) Project: Training health providers and older adults at the level of health organization to empower health literacy and to improve health outcomes

Research

  • Machine Learning-based Prediction Modeling: Drug overdose and suicide funded by the National Institute of Health - National Institute of General Medical Science (with UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, Mingon Kang, PhD, Data X Lab)
  • Smart Home Technology Project: Mobility patterns and advance care planning funded by the Health Resources Services Administration (with UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, Mingon Kang, PhD, Data X Lab)
  • Big data empirical analysis of cannabis legalization effects on opioid-related health outcomes among older adults across the U.S. and in state of Nevada (with UNLV School of Public Health, Jay Shen, PhD)
  • Social determinant of dementia among sexual minority older adults (with UNLV School of Public Health, Jason Flatt, PhD)

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Meet Our Faculty

Ji Won Yoo, MD

Program Director

Ji Won Yoo, M.D.
Ji Won Yoo, MD, is a Korean-speaking clinician and health service researcher with a long-term goal to improve decision-making processes and clinical outcomes for vulnerable adults who can easily lose their healthy and happy lives. As a primary care physician and geriatrician, he provides both ambulatory and inpatient care services. He also participates in various formal and informal clinical...

Iulia Ioanitoaia-Chaudhry, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Iulia Ioanitoaia-Chaudhry
Dr. Chaudhry graduated from C. Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania. She completed fellowship training in Geriatrics and Gerontology at the University of Maryland and Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In addition to being a clinical educator for the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV Internal Medicine residents and fellows, Dr. Chaudhry provides a full...