Geriatrics Fellowship Research

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All fellows must complete a scholarly project during their training. This may take the form of a chart review, case report, quality improvement study, or other research endeavors. Fellow trainees may use their elective month to work on their project.

Fellows will be assisted in finding an appropriate mentor to guide them during their project development and completion. Fellow trainees have access to faculty from UH, VA, Case Western Reserve University School of Medice and Graduate Schools, and can pursue virtually any interest related to geriatrics. Some of the research areas in which prior fellows participated include projects in infectious diseases, palliative care, hospital medicine, post-acute care,  ambulatory care, long-term care and medical education.

The GRECC (Geriatric, Research, Education, and Clinic Center) at the VA offers selected eligible fellows an opportunity to continue their research interests beyond their one year of clinical geriatrics fellowship. Collaborative programs exist with the Infectious Diseases Division in study areas such as influenza,  adult vaccinations, urinary tract infections and other common nosocomial infections in the geriatric population. Fellows may work with neurology specialists in the Brain Health & Memory Center to study memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Fellows considering an academic career can participate in developing and evaluating curriculum materials for learners rotating through geriatrics. Several educational efforts are ongoing with the Palliative Care program at University Hospitals. Fellows can also work with University Hospitals Quality Institute to conduct a quality improvement project that impacts patient care.