Geriatric Medicine Fellowship
Geriatrics Program Recognition
Stanford Health Care - Geriatric Trauma Program
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Message from Program Director
Dr. Philip Choe
Welcome to the Stanford/VA Palo Alto Geriatric Medicine Fellowship! Our program is designed to prepare you for excellence in clinical care, education, and critical thinking, as well as to launch your career as a leader in the field of Geriatric Medicine.
We take pride in having dedicated faculty mentors who create a supportive educational environment for our fellows in which to thrive and develop a successful work-life balance. Our interdisciplinary clinical experiences are education driven and provide a weekly opportunity to work with Geriatric Medicine-trained social workers, psychologists, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, optometrists and pharmacists in our primary care clinics. Through multiple partnerships in the Bay Area, such as with OnLok Lifeways – a Program of All-Inclusive Care for Elderly (PACE) – our fellows have exposure to diverse patient populations and a wide variety of care delivery systems.
We are committed to serving our local community through various fellow-driven educational projects. In addition there are many opportunities to participate in innovative program design, from expanding Geriatric Medicine services at Stanford Hospital to helping shape Stanford’s growing Home-Based Senior Care Program. For those candidates seeking research opportunities, there are countless ways to engage in aging research through our program, many of which are unique to Stanford and the Silicon Valley.
Please take a moment to review the content of this webpage and don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions about our program.
We are delighted to have you as a future Geriatric Medicine colleague and look forward to working together with you in the upcoming year!
Philip Choe, DO
Fellowship Program Director
Message from Section Chief
Welcome to the Section of Geriatric Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine! The section was created in 2015 to support a growing group of Stanford faculty and staff whose clinical, educational, and research interests focus on care of older adults. Each of us cares deeply about the well-being of people navigating the unique joys and challenges of older adulthood.
Faculty and staff in the Section of Geriatric Medicine provide clinical care at Stanford Health Care, the Palo Alto VA Health Care System, local skilled nursing facilities, and community clinics. Our section's faculty also train Stanford and visiting Geriatric Medicine physician fellows, Internal or Family Medicine residents, medical students, physicians' assistant students, nurse practitioner students, and allied health providers in the art and science of caring for older adults. In addition, our faculty conduct and support research projects that seek to improve the care of older adults in all settings, from home to intensive care units.
I have been at Stanford since 2003 as a resident, chief resident, research fellow, clinical fellow, faculty member, and administrator, so am happy to answer any questions you might have about Stanford Medicine. Indeed, please feel free to reach out to any of us with questions about our clinical, educational, and research programs, we look forward to talking with you!
Marina Martin, MD, MPH
Section Chief, Geriatric Medicine
Message from Associate Program Director
Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Stanford/VA Palo Alto Geriatric Medicine Fellowship! I would like to echo Dr. Choe’s endorsement of the strengths and opportunities our program provides. As a former fellow, current faculty member, and newly-appointed Associate Program Director, I am grateful for the education and mentorship this program has provided me, and am excited to help continue the tradition of excellence in clinical care that has long been the foundation of this program.
We hope that this website gives you a clearer picture of what our program has to offer. We strive for continuous improvement and innovation in our program to ensure fellows have a strong start to careers that will be fulfilling and lead to further advancement in the care of older adults. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, ideas or opportunities for collaboration.
Mary (Susie) James, MD
Associate Program Director
Check out our faculty and fellow scholarly activity here!
Rotation Schedule Sample
Geriatric Medicine Clinical Core Curriculum Seminar Series
Healthcare professionals and researchers are invited to attend our weekly seminars that cover a broad range of topics in Geriatric Medicine.
Time & Locaion:
3801 Miranda Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304
Building 4, Room C-260 (2nd Floor), GRECC
- Chronic low back pain
- Dementia/Cognitive Impairment
- Frailty/Weight Loss
- Hospice/Palliative Care
- Urinary Incontinence
- Covered California/Medicare
- Fall Prevention and Falls
- and much more!
Resident Rotations in Geriatric Medicine
In partnership with the Stanford Internal Medicine Residency Program, we offer Geriatric Medicine required and elective rotations designed to prepare physicians for optimal care of older patients. The resident will have an opportunity to assess and treat a diverse population of older adults, from those who are healthy and active to those who are frail and dependent.
Internal Medicine Rotation in Geriatric Medicine: This four-week rotation introduces Internal Medicine interns to the basics of Geriatric Medicine theory and practice in primary care clinic, skilled nursing facility, and inpatient settings. - Contact Philip Choe
Stanford Resident Inpatient Elective: This elective allows second and third-year Internal Medicine residents to rotate with the Inpatient Geriatrics Consult and Home-Based Primary Care services. The rotation is designed to teach residents to evaluate and manage common geriatric syndromes in hospitalized elders including delirium, dementia, falls, frailty, and hospital-associated disability. - Contact Meera Sheffrin
Away Elective: Stanford Medicine accepts visiting residents from ACGME-accredited programs in the United States and Canada. If you are interested in this four-week elective rotation at Stanford, please visit the GME website and review the eligibility and application guidelines here. Please contact Erica Dillingham for more information.
For more information about elective opportunities, please contact:
For more information on the Stanford Internal Medicine Residency Program, please contact: