Geriatric Medicine Fellowship

About Us

The Fellowship Experience

The University of Iowa Geriatric Medicine Fellowship is a one-year, ACGME-accredited program that focuses on the care of older adults in the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Geriatrics Health Assessment Clinic, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics inpatient units, Iowa City VA Medical Center, area long-term care facilities, and the homes of patients.

Fellows are an integral part of the clinical-based multidisciplinary geriatrics team, and they will develop a large patient panel in the Geriatrics Assessment Clinic. Our fellows will gain experience diagnosing and managing common geriatric problems including dementia, gait and balance disorders, Parkinsonism, frailty, incontinence, polypharmacy, end-of-life care planning, and chronic wound care.  

Fellows attend and participate in departmental conferences, as well as nursing home rounds and staffing. Our fellows also present articles at the monthly Geriatrics Journal Club, which is attended by geriatricians, research faculty, residents, medical students, social workers, and other members of the health care team. Fellows work with local hospice agencies, home care organizations, adult day programs and other community and state agencies.  In addition to a wide range of elective options and research opportunities there are required rotations in geriatric psychiatry, physical medicine & rehabilitation, urology, and neurology.

Each fellow also follows his or her primary care clinic patients two half days a week and cares for inpatients on the Family Medicine inpatient service for four weeks over the course of the fellowship year.

Fellows engage in a teaching and leadership role with primary care residents and other learners in geriatrics.  With faculty guidance fellows provide expert consultative services addressing the unique care needs of older adults.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the Geriatric Medicine Certification Examination to earn their Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Geriatric Medicine.

Our Facilities

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

We are an 811-bed hospital, admitting more than 37,000 patients in 2018 for in-patient, hospital care. On any given day at UI Hospitals & Clinics more than 9,000 employees, students, and volunteers collaborate to provide safe, quality health care to our patients.

UI Health Care – Iowa River Landing-East

UI Health Care – Iowa River Landing-East

UI Health Care–Iowa River Landing-East is located in Coralville, and offers families comprehensive care, including newborn and well-child checks, well-woman checks, and care for adults with medical conditions. Iowa River Landing-East is the location of our Geriatric Health Assessment Clinic, where nurses, pharmacists, physicians, and social workers who specialize in geriatric care offers a team approach to the comprehensive evaluation and management of older adults.

Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Veterans Affairs Medical Center

The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City has been caring for United States veterans since 1952. Services are available to more than 184,000 veterans living in 56 counties in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. The system consists of a main hospital in Iowa City, seven outpatient clinics in Eastern Iowa, and three outpatient clinics in Western Illinois. Veterans Affairs Medical Center also provides care to outlying clinics via telehealth technology.

How to Apply

We accept one to two fellows annually. For fellowship positions starting in July, applications are accepted July through October of the preceding year. Applications should be submitted through ERAS. However, if you have any questions about our application process, please contact us. We do accept fellows off-cycle and post-match. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fellowship interviews during the 2020-2021 interview season will be conducted virtually. Candidates will be ranked based on their qualifications including professional background, personal statement, CV, letters of recommendation, and interview.

Our People

Our faculty are experienced geriatricians. We train physicians for Iowa and beyond to be leaders in patient-centered, team-based care delivery, and to meet the unique health care needs of older adults.

Our fellows are driven  to rewarding and meaningful careers in the practice of geriatric medicine.

Our patients are the most important part of our fellowship training! They come to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics to receive the very best care from experts who are passionate and personable. As Iowa’s only academic medical center, we see a comprehensive mix of cases in our Geriatric Health Assessment Clinic, particularly patients with significant medical and psychosocial complexity.

Geriatrics Fellowship Faculty

Nicholas R. Butler, MD, MBA
Assistant Professor
Family Medicine
Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship

Rick Dobyns, MD, MPH, MSc
Professor
Family Medicine

Michael E. Ernst, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS
Professor
College of Pharmacy

Heather Groene
Medical Assistant

Korey Kennelty, PharmD
Assistant Professor
College of Pharmacy

Scott T. Larson, MD
Assistant Professor
Family Medicine

Jeffrey Reist, PharmD, BCPS
Associate Professor
College of Pharmacy

Margo Schilling, MD
Professor
Internal Medicine

Kevin Schleich, PharmD, BCACP
Pharmacy Specialist
College of Pharmacy

Gretchen Schmuch, MSW, LISW
Social Work Specialist
Fellowship Coordinator

Chad Triplett, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
College of Pharmacy

Jason Wilbur, MD
Professor
Family Medicine

Geriatric Fellowship Leadership

For questions about the Geriatrics Fellowship please contact:

Nicholas R. Butler, MD, MBA
Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship
Department of Family Medicine
Iowa River Landing - East
920 E. 2nd Ave, Suite 201B
Coralville, IA 52241
nicholas-r-butler@uiowa.edu
1-1-319-467-2000

Gretchen Schmuch, MSW, LISW
Coordinator, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship
Department of Family Medicine
UI Hospitals & Clinics Family Care Center
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City Iowa 52242
gretchen-schmuch@uiowa.edu
1-319-384-7560

Alumni

Atabak (Atty) Kermani, MD

Atabak (Atty) Kermani, MD (2021)

Tabriz University of Medical Sciences
Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation, Family Medicine Residency Program

Bora You, portrait

Bora You, MD (2020)

Saba University School of Medicine
Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation - Family Medicine Residency Program
Current practice: Sheboygan, Wisc.

Victoria Linares, portrait

Victoria Linares, MD (2018)

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
University of Iowa Family Medicine Residency Program
Current practice: Hickory Hills, Ill.

Scott T. Larson, portrait

Scott T. Larson, MD (2017)

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
University of Iowa Family Medicine Residency Program
Current practice: Iowa City, Iowa

Benjamin Perry, portrait

Benjamin Perry, II, MD, MBA (2015)

Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
University of Iowa Family Medicine Residency Program
Current practice: Waco, Texas

Juana Nicoll Capizzano, portrait

Juana Nicoll Capizzano, MD (2014)

Ricardo Palma University-School of Human Medicine
University of Iowa Family Medicine Residency Program
Current practice: Ann Arbor, Mich.