Geriatric Medicine


The John Peter Smith Hospital Geriatric Fellowship has a long history of preparing leaders for the future of Geriatric Medicine. Graduates work in a wide variety of settings serving in academic and clinical roles.

The fellowship is a one year interdisciplinary program which uniquely prepares graduates for practice by providing flexibility in training with individualized elective curriculum. It is fully accredited by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education. Fellows who successfully finish the fellowship are eligible to sit for the Certificate of Added Qualification in Geriatric Medicine. Applications are taken from physicians who have completed either a Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Residency.

The fellows train under current national leaders in geriatric medicine in a variety of locations enabling the fellow to care for the full spectrum of geriatric patients. Fellows provide care to an ethnically, culturally and socioeconomically diverse population of elders. Opportunities to provide team-based interdisciplinary care in coordination with Family Medicine Residents, mid-level practitioners and medical students abound.

Participating Institutions

  • John Peter Smith Hospital
  • University of North Texas Health Sciences Center                
  • Vitas Healthcare
  • Community Hospice of Texas
  • James L West Alzheimer Center
  • Broadway Plaza at Westover Hills                  
  • Trinity Terrace
  • DiagnosTex
  • Sava Senior Care
  • Downtown Health and Rehabilitation Center



Fellowship Block Rotations

  • Geriatric Inpatient Consultation Service
  • Geriatric Oncology
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Inpatient Hospice
  • Geriatric Assessment Program
  • Wound Care
  • Neurology
  • Palliative Care
  • Rheumatology
  • Cardiology
  • Podiatry
  • Speech Pathology
  • Multi-specialty Clinics

Fellowship Longitudinal Rotations

  • Assisted Living Facility
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Long Term Care
  • Home Visits
  • Outpatient Hospice
  • Geriatric Continuity Clinic
  • Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disease
  • Non-obstetrical Ultrasound



In addition to clinical training, the fellows participate in numerous didactic activities. Fellows may also attend external conferences applicable to Geriatrics. Formal lectures are given each week which cover the core content of Geriatrics. Additionally, fellows attend Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Board Review and Research Roundtable each month.

Scholarly Activity
Fellows participate in an established research program. A scholarly project is completed in coordination with faculty. Fellows are encouraged to present their research on a regional, national or international level. Quality Improvement projects are also completed during the fellowship. Dedicated time is given to fellows to for research.



Physicians must have completed an ACGME or AOA accredited residency in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine. In addition, applicants must already be Board-certified or actively pursuing Board Certification in their primary specialty. Four positions are offered each year. All applications should be submitted electronically through the ERAS Website. Applications must include a current CV, a one page personal statement, and three recommendation letters. One recommendation letter must be from the residency program director. Only J1 visas are accepted, and they must be sponsored by the ECFMG.



If you would like more information about our program, please contact us.

Linda L. Ortega
Geriatric Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: 817-702-6247
Fax: 817-702-1691

Lesca Hadley, MD
Director, Geriatric Fellowship
Phone: 817-702-6247
Fax: 817-702-1691