Division of Geriatric Medicine


Training clinicians in age-friendly healthcare

The Division of Geriatric Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has multiple educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical educational levels across Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the VA Tennessee Valley Health System.  

At the undergraduate level, we provide excellence in training for Vanderbilt University School of Medicine students. The inpatient geriatrics Acute Care for Elders (ACE) unit trains second year Internal Medicine clerkship students. Our faculty run the Integrated Science Course on Healthy Aging & Quality Dying, a course that integrates foundational sciences into the clinical context of geriatrics and palliative medicine. For senior medical students, we offer an Acting Internship on the ACE Unit. We also run an Advanced Clinical Elective in geriatrics which exposes student to nursing home, ambulatory, and inpatient experiences.

At the graduate medical education level, our ACE Unit trains Internal Medicine residents and Geriatric Medicine fellows on holistic care of acutely ill hospitalized older adults. Learners get to rotate on one of only 43 ACE Units in the country, and one of only four that are certified age-friendly. The service is lead by a geriatrician in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team. Our fellows teach our innovative, homegrown curriculum, FACETS, to our housestaff and students.

Our fellowship offers exceptional and innovative programming for Internists and Family Medicine physicians training to become geriatricians. 
Continuing medical education programming offers Division Grand Rounds and Morbidity, Mortality, and Improvement conferences. 
Through the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration and led by James (Jim) S. Powers, MD, our division recently established new partnerships across Middle Tennessee to teach dementia care and safe medication practices for older adults. 

Geriatric Medicine Fellowship

The Vanderbilt Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program trains up to four clinical fellows per year to be leaders in age-friendly healthcare.

Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)

This program addresses Tennessee’s poor health rankings and health profession shortfall with innovative approaches.

GERI-A-FLOAT: (GERIAtric Fellows Learning Online and Together)

A national, online platform for fellow learning and support, developed by Fellowship Director, Mariu Carlo Duggan, MD, MPH 

Geriatric Medicine Division Grand Rounds & MMI

A virtual speaker series designed for health professionals interested in geriatric medicine, normally held on the first and third Thursdays of the month, noon to 1 p.m. CST.

Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)

VA geriatric centers of excellence focused on aging, established to improve the health and health care of older veterans. 

Our Fellows

Explore our fellows directory to learn more about the clinical and research fellows in each of our programs.