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Geriatric Fellowship

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Geriatrics Training Program provides an educational experience across the full spectrum of care delivery environments. Our approach to the Geriatric patient recognizes the complex interactions between medical illness, functional decline, and the interface between the older adult, the health care system, and their social support. Interdisciplinary team evaluation and management of the older adult, in sickness, and in health is a cornerstone of the curriculum.

TTUHSC School of Medicine is a Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Aging and Quality of Life Grant recipient. The Geriatric Fellow will find an unparalleled opportunity to train in a developing program within a highly successful Department of Family and Community Medicine. The department also offers fellowships in both Palliative and Sports Medicine. The Geriatric Fellowship Program Director has fourteen years of experience training more than sixty Geriatric Fellows from both Family Medicine and Internal Medicine backgrounds for a variety of academic and private practice careers in Geriatric Medicine. Four faculty members are Fellowship-trained in Geriatrics, and both the Department Chairman and Dean of the Medical School maintain Certificates of Added Qualification in Geriatrics. Two faculty members have significant experience in rural Geriatrics as an indispensable piece of full-scope Family Medicine. TTUHSC School of Medicine is fully supportive of expanding the Geriatric Fellowship over the next several years to fully utilize the renowned Mildred and Shirley L. Garrison Geriatric Education and Care Center, the first on-site teaching nursing home of any medical school in the nation. Inpatient teaching in a variety of settings is available at the University Medical Center Hospital, the leader in comprehensive healthcare delivery in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Development of a Co-Management Program with Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery teaching services is facilitated by a Geriatric Trauma Unit. Busy Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Hospitalist teaching services admit patients through a state-of-the-art Emergency Department designated a Level 1 Trauma Center. A Palliative Care Unit encourages interaction between Geriatrics, Palliative Care Fellows and faculty, and a variety of interdisciplinary learners. Continuity and ambulatory clinics are offered at the beautiful new outpatient Texas Tech Physicians Pavilion, all located within a main campus. Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Lubbock provides unparalleled opportunities for teaching and collaboration in scholarly activity with students from several Healthcare-related professional schools, and over 30,000 undergraduate students on the adjacent Texas Tech University campus. Lubbock is a very friendly city on the sunny West Texas Plains with all of the vibrancy, growth, and resources of a “university small city.” Many find Lubbock a welcoming place to raise their families.

PROGRAM BENEFITS

  • 2016-2017 Salary $55,129
  • Health, life and dental insurance for Fellow and immediate family
  • Disability, malpractice & workers’ compensation insurance for Fellow
  • Five days of sick leave
  • Fifteen days of paid vacation
  • Five days and $1,000 for approved CME courses
  • ACLS recertification tuition provided
  • Digital pagers
  • Name-embroidered lab coats and dry-cleaning service

WHO CAN APPLY

Applicants must:

  • Graduates of an accredited program and board certified or board eligible in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine.
  • Graduates licensable in the State of Texas
  • Graduates who passed the USMLE passed in the first two attempts for each step
  • International Medical Graduates: Permanent Resident status and J-1 Visa

HOW TO APPLY

Contact Letty Cunningham for an application: Mail your application to:
Geriatric Medicine
Family and Community Medicine Department
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
3601 4th Street, MS 8143
Lubbock, TX 79430

OUR FACILITIES

  • University Medical Center (teaching hospital)
  • Texas Tech Physicians’ Pavilion (geriatric clinics)
  • Mildred and Shirley L. Garrison Geriatric Education and Care Center (long term care)
  • Carillon LifeCare Community (assisted living)
  • Senior House Calls (home care program)
  • Gentiva Hospice (hospice care)
  • TrustPoint Hospital (rehabilitation care)

GERIATRIC MEDICINE FACULTY

  • John W. Culberson, M.D., M.S.
    Program Director, Geriatrics Fellowship, Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine: Outpatient Geriatric Assessment and Primary Care, Inpatient Geriatric Co-Management; Research Interest: Alzheimer’s Disease, Geriatric Alcohol and Prescription Drug Misuse
  • Shannon Tapia, M.D.
    Assistant Program Director, Geriatrics Fellowship, Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine: Director, Required MS4 Geriatrics Rotation, Long-Term and Post-Acute Care
  • Kitten Linton, M.D.
    Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine: Long-Term and Post-Acute Care
  • Kelly L. Klein, M.D.
    Assistant Program Director, Palliative Care Fellowship, Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine, Hospice, Rural Health Care
  • Saba Rhadi, M.D.
    Assistant Professor of Medicine: Geriatric Oncology
  • Gary Meyerrose, M.D.
    Professor of Medicine: Geriatric Cardiology

CONTACT US:

Feel free to contact the Department of Family and Community Medicine with any questions you may have:

Geriatric Medicine Fellowship
Family and Community Medicine
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
3601 4th Street, MS 8143
Lubbock, TX 79430

Download the brochure for the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship here:

Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program

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