The Geriatric Medicine Fellowship program focuses on developing the clinical and leadership skills necessary to thrive in the changing world of healthcare delivery. Our “Function First” approach applies the evidence base in geriatric medicine to optimize older adults’ physical and cognitive function, manage multiple chronic conditions and address functional decline and memory impairment.

Our fellows gain experience across a variety of care settings and models of care, leading interprofessional teams and preparing for the future of healthcare delivery. Training experiences may be individualized to the fellow’s career interests.

Program Goals

  • Produce graduates that become the next generation of academic and community leaders in geriatric medicine
  • To encourage self-reflective practice and continual improvement
  • Provide access to extensive research resources
  • To emphasize effective communication, team leadership skills and opportunities to develop as an educator
  • To create a climate of inclusion and embrace the diversity of our fellows, which are priorities for the program. We are committed to recruiting and training talented individuals from diverse backgrounds and communities.

Why Train at Wake Forest?

Our program is focused on developing physicians as skilled and caring geriatricians in the core domains of competency as outlined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Graduates of our program are proficient in medical knowledge related to the nuances of disease processes, cognitive and functional assessment and evidence-based treatment of older adults.

We believe it is critically important for geriatricians to have an understanding of:

  • Current research in aging, including healthy aging
  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • Healthcare systems, policy, models of care, financing
  • Medical direction in clinical venues specializing in the care of older adults, including long term care and the home setting

National Recognition

Our geriatricians who made the 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America® database:

  • Hal H. Atkinson
  • Kathryn E. Callahan
  • Mary V. Fennell Lyles
  • Franklin S. Watkins
  • Jeff D. Williamson

Why Choose Wake Forest for Fellowship?

Several current fellows describe what they love about being at Wake Forest and living in Winston-Salem.

Where Are They Now?

  • Tyler McQueen, MD (2019) - Wake Forest Baptist Health, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Caitlin Jones, MD (2018) - Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Glorian Roman–Ashby, MD (2018) - Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Cynthia Aguirre, MD (2018) - Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Alex Wilson, DO (2018) - Cornerstone Health Center, High Point, NC
  • Becca Omlor, MD (2017) - Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Mohammed Saad, MD (2017) - Hematology-Oncology Fellowship, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Jantira Thomas, DO (2017) - Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Lakshmi Rangaswamy, DO (2017) - Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH
  • Andrew Ow, MD (2016) - Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jaseela Illath, MD (2015) - Duke Primary Care, Durham, NC
  • Kumari Ramesh, MD (2015) - William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center, Columbia, SC
  • Rebecca Henderson MD, PHD (2014) - Novant Health, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Gabi Meyer, MD (2014) - Geriatrics and Internal Medicine, Lincolnton, NC
  • Emily Mann, MD (2014) - Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Shenita Spencer, MD (2013) - Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, NC
  • Valerie Wilson, MD (2012) - Mountain Home VA Medical Center and East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
  • Swapna Chenna, MD (2012) - Morrisville Primary Care, Morrisville, NC
  • Mark Corbett, MD (2011) - Kate B. Reynolds Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Laurel Kilpatrick, MD (2011) - Baylor Scott and White Health, College Station, TX
  • Julie Williams, MD, MS (2010) - Greensboro PACE (Program for All-inclusive Care of the Elderly), Greensboro NC
  • Scott Harper, MD (2010) - Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC

Program Benefits Highlights

As a fellow of Wake Forest you will receive:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • On-call resources (rooms, meals, etc.)
Learn more about the all standard benefits available to Wake Forest Fellows. Program-specific benefits, if available, can be found on the program application page.