The college's Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix and Banner Boswell Medical Center, in conjunction with the Phoenix VA Health Care System, provides a comprehensive, multi-center training experience, which aims to enable the next generation of physicians to create and lead new approaches and aspects of geriatric care including:
- Frailty evaluation and wellness management.
- Dementia diagnosis and management, including caregiver issues.
- Complex pain management.
- Multidisciplinary, team-based care across all settings and transitions of care.
- Prognostication, goals of care conversations, advance care planning, end-of-life care.
- Collaborative geriatric co-management programs in a variety of settings:
- Physical medicine and rehabilitation
- Trauma and emergency care.
The curriculum and multi-center exposure not only facilitates a comprehensive training experience, but also an exciting, rewarding and fulfilling practice experience as well.
Our faculty comes from diverse educational and sociocultural backgrounds with a wealth of experience as clinicians, teachers and leaders who are committed to high quality patient care and academic pursuits. They are dedicated to helping fellows reach their full potential and to expand the discipline of geriatrics in innovative and collaborative ways with other medical specialties.
Banner – UMC Phoenix is Banner Health’s flagship in Phoenix; it's a tertiary care Level 1 Trauma Center Hospital — noted for its cutting-edge technology, which provides complex, specialized medical care and surgical procedures such as left ventricular assist devices (LVAD), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and liver and kidney transplantation. Banner – UMC Phoenix also boasts an accredited Geriatrics Trauma Center and the first Comprehensive Stroke Care Center in Arizona. Furthermore, the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI) is nationally recognized as a National Institute on Aging-funded research and clinical facility located on the Banner – UMC Phoenix campus. It has designed and is carrying out numerous research projects that have the potential to revolutionize the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. Our fellows attend case conferences and rotate through the clinical component of BAI, as well. Overall, our fellows have the opportunity to not only encounter and manage common geriatric conditions and chronic illness, but to also deal with complex neurology/neurosurgery, heart failure and transplant cases during their training.