Dear Future Geriatricians,
Welcome to one of the most satisfying careers in medicine! We are delighted that you are pursuing a career in Geriatric Medicine, and are thrilled that you are considering completing your training at UT Health San Antonio. As you consider your training options, I invite you to learn more about what makes our program unique.
The UT Health San Antonio Geriatric Medicine Fellowship has been accredited since 1990. Our fellows have gone on to successful careers as community and academic clinicians, clinician educators, and clinician researchers. No matter your ultimate career goal, we have the resources and dedicated faculty to help you reach your full potential.
Interprofessional teamwork is at the heart of our program. When you join us, you will not only have co-fellows in Geriatric Medicine, but you will join a larger community of trainees in Palliative Medicine, Geriatric Psychiatry, social work, nursing, psychology, pharmacy, occupational therapy, and chaplaincy—all focused on providing world-class care for older adults and patients with complex chronic illness.
Our faculty is growing rapidly, leading to expanding innovative clinical opportunities as well as increased mentorship for fellows. In addition to standard clinical rotations, our program offers unique clinical experiences including geriatric trauma co-management, hospital in the home, gerofit, memory clinics, telemedicine, and rural long-term care.
We view fellows not only as learners, but also as teachers. Therefore, all fellows receive training in education. Fellows teach medical students, residents, and interprofessional learners in clinical settings. They also run small groups, teach didactic sessions, and precept OSCEs for learners of all levels.
As one of the most well-funded Universities in the fields of aging and geoscience, our fellows work with and learn from thought-leaders in the world of geriatrics and aging. Fellows benefit from our program’s co-location with multiple centers of excellence in aging including: The San Antonio VA Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), The San Antonio VA Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, The San Antonio Claude D. Pepper Older American’s Independence Center, The Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, The San Antonio Nathan Shock Center, and the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases.
Set in the 7th largest city in the US and with a reasonable cost of living, San Antonio is a great place to live and train. Fellows enjoy exploring our city’s vibrant culture, unique cuisine, and being able to explore our many outdoor parks and festivals year-round.
I invite you to take a closer look at what our program has to offer, and encourage you to reach out with any questions.
Becky Powers, MD
Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Director