“The Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at the University of Missouri is a year-long program open to board-certified physicians and residency graduates in family medicine and internal medicine. This fellowship is fully accredited with the ACGME, and upon successfully completing training, graduates will meet the requirements to take the Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) examination in Geriatric Medicine. “

Program Mission

Our mission is to train physicians in the provision of effective patient-centered care for older adults. We pursue this goal through:

  • Excellence: We strive for practice excellence and to achieve our best possible performance.
  • Respect: We nurture free and open discourse, listen to new ideas and value inclusion of diverse perspectives and talents.
  • Service: We put forth our most diligent efforts on behalf of our patients, learners and partners.
  • Integrity: We commit to honesty, truthfulness and authenticity in our relationships and activities.
  • Advocacy: We promote respect, support and justice for our vulnerable older population and their caregivers.
  • Compassion: We relate to others in a caring manner and strive to prevent and relieve human suffering.

Clinical Training

Clinical training for Geriatric Medicine Fellows includes weekly sessions of ambulatory practice in their primary specialty along with rotations working in the inpatient, outpatient, nursing home, hospice, and home care settings. Additional Geriatric-focused clinical rotations are arranged for fellows to spend time with other specialties including, but not limited to, physical medicine and rehabilitation, palliative medicine, neurology and urology. Fellows also participate in a weekly comprehensive geriatric assessment clinic with a multidisciplinary team.

Links to Clinical Training Sites

Didactics Activities

for the geriatric medicine fellowship include:

  • Interactive Geriatric Medicine Seminars
  • Journal Club
  • Multidisciplinary Center on Aging Seminars
  • Visiting Community Resources
  • Grand Rounds
  • Geriatric and Palliative Care Provider Meetings
  • Quality Improvement Focused Activity

Salary and Benefits Information

Fellowship Faculty

Our Town

Columbia, Missouri, is a vibrant college town that has been consistently ranked as one of our country’s top 20 cities to live. Its small town friendliness with big city features offers a high quality lifestyle for people of all ages and interests. An excellent school system, outstanding health care facilities, wide variety of leisure and cultural activities, low cost of living, and clean environment make Columbia a great place to live!

Living in Columbia

Useful Links

How To Apply

If you are interested in applying for a Geriatric Medicine Fellowship position, please use the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). To locate our program in ERAS, enter ACGME ID number, 1252821026, or in the NRMP use match code 1994125F0.

Our fellowship welcomes applications from all eligible candidates meeting the requirements listed in Section III of the ACGME Program Requirements booklet.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Fellowship applicant eligibility guidelines are outlined in Section III A of the ACGME Program Requirements booklet. We also accept applications from exceptionally qualified individuals as described in the ACGME program requirements booklet.
  • Must demonstrate a strong commitment to Geriatric Medicine.
  • Must demonstrate ability to speak fluent English.
  • Must be eligible for a Missouri Medical License.
  • Must hold a valid ECFMG certificate by Jan 1.
  • Must obtain visa prior to program start date.

Required documents

  • Personal statement.
  • Three letters of recommendations from persons familiar with your clinical performance, at least one of these must be from your Residency Director.
  • Transcript and Dean’s letter of reference (MSPE).
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores.
  • Recent photograph.

Personalized Interview Day

When you call to arrange an interview, you will be asked about your needs and interests. A personalized interview day will be created for you. You can expect interviews with faculty and fellows and tours of our hospitals and clinics. Lodging will be provided and can be arranged when you call to set up the interview. You will also have the opportunity to dine with members of the fellowship the night before your interview.

Application deadline is Nov. 1

For details, contact Diane Herigon at 573-884-7060 or gerifellow@health.missouri.edu

Academic Fellowship

Geriatric Medicine Fellows who want to continue their education may apply to MU’s Academic Primary Care Fellowship program after they complete their year-long training. If accepted, Academic Fellows pursue either the two-year research track or the year-and-a-half master educator track.

Academic Fellows meet with faculty to develop an educational plan consistent with their professional goals. They must complete the requirements for a Master of Science degree, which include an original research or scholarly project and 30 hours of graduate coursework. The core curriculum for an MS degree consists of courses in clinical research methods, epidemiology, biostatistics, and evidence-based medicine.

Applicants to the Academic Primary Care Fellowship must be either a US citizen or a permanent resident to meet federal funding requirements.