Program Information

Established in the early 1980s, the Stanford-VA Palo Alto Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program is a joint program of the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. The Palo Alto VA GRECC (Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center) administers this one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship program for up to four fellows. Physicians must have completed an ACGME or AOA accredited residency in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine. Satisfactory completion of this curriculum meets the training portion of the eligibility requirements for Board Certification in Geriatric Medicine.


The close affiliation and proximity between the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and Stanford University provide for a strong academic and clinical environment rich in opportunities for Geriatric Medicine care and clinical research. Both centers have multiple, nationally-recognized programs in Geriatric Medicine and related fields. 


Many of the core program activities are based at the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Fellows will complete a one-year clinical program in an integrated curriculum that prepares them to become skilled practitioners and leaders in Geriatric Medicine. Clinical skills in Geriatric Medicine are gained through:

Longitudinal Clinical Experiences

  • Interdisciplinary primary care Geriatric Medicine clinics at the VA and Stanford
  • Long term care (community and VA-based)

Block Rotation Experiences

  • Sequoia Portola Valley Health Center/Vi Skilled Nursing Facility
  • VA Menlo Park Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Home Based Primary Care
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Palliative Care/Home Hospice
  • Rehab Medicine & Program of All-Inclusive Care for Elderly (PACE)
  • Stanford Acute Care for Elders
  • Stanford Inpatient Co-Management Service
  • Memory Clinic/Neurology
  • Wound Care & Urology
  • VA Palo Alto Inpatient Geriatric Consults

Elective Rotation Experiences

  • Rheumatology
  • Podiatry
  • Ophthalmology
  • Neurology (including movement disorders)
  • Women's Health
  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • and many more

Scholarly Opportunities

Throughout the clinical year, there are regular seminars, journal clubs, and other didactic sessions designed to develop the basic skill set of future geriatricians.


  1. Must have completed an ACGME or AOA accredited residency in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine at the time of starting the fellowship, and already be certified or actively pursuing board certification in their primary specialty.
  2. Must be license-eligible in the state of California.
  3. Must be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident, or hold a J1 Visa. Stanford DOES NOT sponsor international medical school graduates on H-1B visas.
  4. All international medical graduates must have the required Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) documentation

How to Apply

Applications for the Stanford-VA Palo Alto Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program will be processed electronically through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Please submit the following materials via ERAS portal:

  1. A completed ERAS application
  2. A current curriculum vitae
  3. A one-page personal statement of interest
  4. THREE letters of recommendation, including one from your residency program director
  5. USMLE or COMLEX scores for steps 1, 2, and 3.
  6. Photo
  7. Valid ECFMG certificate (foreign medical graduates only)

The Stanford-VA Palo Alto Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program fully participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). You must also register with this program here. We will offer three fellowship positions each year starting July 1st.

Application Timeline


Application Opens for Following Academic Year


Register for NRMP

August - October

Stanford Candidate Interviews


Rank Order List Certification Deadline


Match Day


New Fellows On-Boarding


Start of Fellowship