About Ohio State's Geriatric Fellowship


The Geriatrics Fellowship at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is a one-year interdisciplinary program  with a variety of opportunities for qualified physicians who wish to pursue a geriatric medicine career in an academic, private practice or long term care setting. We welcome U.S. trained applicants with Family Medicine and Internal Medicine residency backgrounds. Our fellows work with eight primary care geriatricians. In 2016, our team of geriatricians saw 7,500 outpatients, cared for 1,835 inpatients and visited 377 patients in transitional care organizations. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is a 971-bed, medical and surgical teaching hospital with over 61,000 admissions in 2016.

Wide variety of clinical experience 


An ACGME accredited program meeting core competencies in the subspecialty of geriatrics, the OSU Geriatrics Fellowship has a strong clinical focus, with trainees obtaining skills in consultation and treatment in a variety of clinical settings. The clinical experiences of fellows include mandatory outpatient geriatric primary and consultative care, inpatient consultative care on the geriatric and palliative medicine services, sub-acute rehabilitative programs at Dodd Hall and community sites, as well as elective subspecialty experiences.

Longitudinal nursing home and home-based care experiences are also a vital part of the fellow’s training experience, with a curriculum compatible for future certification in medical directorship (CMD). All clinical sites are staffed with full-time faculty who are extensively trained in geriatric assessment and geriatric-specialized care. A longitudinal research and quality improvement project prepares our fellows for future academic medicine careers, and additional scholarly opportunities are available and encouraged.
Patient care opportunities

Patient care opportunities

Our Geriatrics Fellowship has a strong clinical focus, with trainees obtaining skills in consultation and treatment in a variety of clinical settings. The clinical experiences of fellows include mandatory outpatient geriatric primary and consultative care, inpatient consultative care on the geriatric and palliative medicine services, sub-acute rehabilitative programs at Dodd Hall and community sites, as well as elective subspecialty experiences.

Inpatient Care

Our Geriatric Inpatient Consult (GIC) service, based at University Hospital, partners mainly with hospitalists, orthopedic and trauma surgeons, and cardiologists on TAVR patients to co-manage the medical complexities of elderly patients recovering from serious illness and trauma.

Adult Palliative Care

We provide inpatient consultative services for patients with serious illnesses, and those approaching the end of life at OSU’s Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, a 209 bed National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated comprehensive cancer center.

Emergency Department Observation Unit Rotation

In recognition of the importance of acute care of older adults and the difficulties in transitions of care, Geriatric Fellows at OSU have a two-week experience caring for older adults in the Emergency Department Observation Unit.  The ED at the OSU Wexner Medical Center sees 82,000 patients per year and is in progress for Level 1 Geriatric ED Accreditation in 2018. This is the first year an ED can be accredited by the governing body of Emergency Medicine, ACEP.  Dr. Lauren Southerland, a Geriatric-trained Emergency Medicine physician, oversees the rotation and is also available to assist with research into acute care issues, such as geriatric trauma, falls, polypharmacy or medication interactions, and other common ED presentations for older adults.

Inpatient Rehabilitation

In 2016, The Ross Center for Brain Health and Performance within the new Brain and Spine Hospital, which includes an inpatient dementia unit, will meet the growing need for services for patients with neurological disorders.

Home Care

Our fellows provide home-based primary care through the Healthy at Home © Columbus, for chronically ill patients with difficulty obtaining medical care in an office-based setting.

Primary Care Clinic

Located at the Martha Morehouse Pavilion, we have a primary care and consultative clinic for treating health issues common in older adults.

Specialty Care Clinics

The fellowship offers numerous specialty rotations: Wound Care Clinic, Hi Risk Osteoporosis Clinic, Neurology (Memory Disorders Clinic, Falls Prevention Clinic, Movement Disorders Clinic in the OSU Madden Center for Parkinson’s Excellence), Polypharmacy Clinic, Arthritis Clinic operated by the division of rheumatology, Cancer and Aging Multi-Disciplinary Clinic, Compression Fractures Clinic, Inpatient Geriatric Diabetes consults, and a Senior Breast Cancer Clinic at the Stephanie Spielman Comprehensive Cancer Center. 


Our OSU Geriatrics Section has also opened a new Cognitive Assessment Clinic that each fellow will staff monthly. OSU also has a developing Geriatric ER and a Geriatric Physiology Fellowship with future collaboration opportunities.

Sub-Acute and Long-Term Care

OSU partners with two beautifully remodeled skilled nursing facilities to help patients transition from the hospital to rehabilitation. Our curriculum is compatible for fellows to complete half of their training toward Certified Medical Directorship if desired, with an opportunity to participate in AMDA Foundation’s Futures Program.

Why choose Ohio State

Nationally ranked in seven adult specialties and “high-performing” in another eight adult specialties, including geriatrics (which currently is ranked 44 in the country), OSUWMC has led the Midwest region for 22 years in US News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” rankings. Our College of Medicine ranks 12 in the country among public universities in the magazine's "America's Best Graduate Schools.” On Best Doctors Inc.'s most recent "Best Doctors in America" list, 79% of the central Ohio honorees were Ohio State faculty.

Adopting Epic in 2011, OSUWMC has been recognized as one of the nation's “Most Wired Hospitals” 11 times by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, more than any hospital in Ohio. A medical research powerhouse with more than 20 centers and institutes, including a new Brain and Spine Hospital that opened in 2016, OSUWMC conducts more than 1,000 active research studies in virtually every medical specialty. Despite being the only academic medical center in central Ohio, OSUWMC provides more than $170 million in charity care and community support each year.

Application process

We appreciate your interest in our fellowship program. Candidates must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency in internal medicine before beginning the fellowship program. All candidates must apply using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

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Geriatric Faculty

Our leaders

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Tanya Gure, MD

Section Chief, Geriatrics

Interim Program Director, Geriatrics Fellowship
Assistant Professor, Clinical

Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics

Expertise: dementia, management of multi-morbidity in older adults with cardiovascular disease, clinical program development, health services research

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Robert Murden, MD, FACP

Professor, Clinical

Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics

Expertise: memory disorders, mental status testing, general geriatrics, health costs & health policy

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James Lamb, MD

Associate Professor, Clinical

Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics

Expertise: general geriatrics, medical education

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Guibin Li, MD

Assistant Professor, Clinical

Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, CAQ in Wound Care & Hyperbaric Oxygenation Therapy

Expertise: polypharmacy, delirium, memory disorders, inpatient geriatric consultation, wound management

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Meera Bhatt, MD

Assistant Professor, Clinical

Board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics

Expertise: inpatient geriatric consultation, outpatient geriatric assessment

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Gabrielle Ruff, MD

Assistant Professor, Clinical

Board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics

Expertise: inpatient geriatric consultation, home visits

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Donald Mack, MD, CMD, FAAFP

Assistant Professor, Clinical

Board Certified in Family Medicine, CAQ in Geriatrics, CAQ in Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Expertise: subacute care, post-acute care, long-term care, ambulatory hospice & palliative medicine

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Nancy Theodo-Miller, MSN, CNP, ANP-BC, ACHPN

Certified Nurse Practioner

Expertise: memory disorders, hospice and palliative care, community resources

Contact

Tanya Gure, MD
Interim Program Director, Geriatrics Fellowship
Tanya.Gure@osumc.edu

Shannon Libby
Coordinator, Geriatrics Fellowship
Shannon.Libby@osumc.edu

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