Advanced Fellowship in Geriatrics at the VA
Puget Sound, directed by Alvin Matsumoto, MD, offers post-specialty research training to foster the development of
leaders in the care of older adults. The program capitalizes on the
international prominences of VA’s Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical
Centers (GRECCs) to provide outstanding training opportunities in clinical
practice, to contribute to the improvement of clinical practice, and to advance
scholarly pursuits that will benefit care for elderly veterans and all older
Americans. The two-year program seeks to develop a group of physicians who are
committed to excellence in geriatric research, education, and clinical care and who desire further training in research training.
Fellows spend 75 percent of their time in
research pursuits in geriatrics and no more than 25
percent of time in clinical care, which is mostly conducted at VA facilities.
Every fellow will perform research with at least one mentor who will provide assistance and
guidance in interpersonal and professional development. Fellows who have not
completed approved Geriatrics training can learn the fundamentals of geriatrics
and gerontology during their course of study.
The VA Advanced Fellowship in Geriatrics at the
VA Puget Sound Healthcare System is directed by Alvin Matsumoto, MD. The
Fellowship’s research focus is in neuroendocrinology, neurogenetics, health
services research, molecular genetics, psychopharmacology, andrology, prostate
cancer, metabolic basis of Alzheimer’s disease and blood-brain – barrier function.
fellows must have completed an ACGME or ECCOPT accredited residency program.
Physicians whose initial certification is in Internal Medicine, Family
Medicine, or Psychiatry must also have completed an accredited subspecialty
fellowship in Geriatrics or other subspecialty. Physicians must be board
certified or board eligible. Physician fellows must have
an active, full, and unrestricted license to practice in the US; international
medical graduates must have the required Education Commission for Foreign
Medical Graduate (ECFMG) documentation. Citizens of countries other than the
United States must possess an appropriate visa to participate in this program.
associated health fellows from nursing, dentistry, optometry, psychology,
podiatry, pharmacy, or audiology/speech pathology must have graduated from an
accredited clinical doctoral program including all required residency or
internship experiences that prepare them for eligibility for VA employment.
Psychology fellows must have completed an accredited doctoral program,
including an internship program accredited by the American Psychological
Association (APA). In addition, associated health fellows must have completed
one year of post-doctoral clinical training in their discipline, preferably but
not exclusively in geriatrics. Associated health fellows must be US citizens.
For questions concerning application materials,
Elizabeth Aigbe, Administrative
Puget Sound Healthcare System
S Columbian Way