23-24 Geriatrics Fellow, Belinda Williams

Pictured: Dr. Belinda Williams, current Geriatric Medicine Fellow.

The UAB Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program is dedicated to training physician-leaders in helping older adults attain their greatest productivity and the highest possible quality of life. The close affiliation and proximity between UAB Medicine, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the Birmingham VA Medical Center provides for a strong academic and clinical environment rich in opportunities for Geriatric Medicine care and clinical research. Both UAB Medicine and the VA have nationally recognized programs in Geriatric Medicine and related fields.

Our program was ACGME-accredited in 1988, making it one of the oldest and most established training programs in the country. It is structured to provide 12 months of mentored clinical experiences to prepare you to become a board-eligible or certified internist or family medicine physician, ready to provide innovative, interdisciplinary, and cost-effective Geriatric Medicine to older adults and their families through academic or community-based careers. To date, we have trained over 40 fellows from across the country, some directly out of residency training and others mid-career.

Fellows with interests in pursuing academic or leadership positions as researchers, teachers or administrators are encouraged to pursue an additional 2 or 3 years of advanced training. Advanced training in Geriatrics can be provided through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Special Fellowship in Advanced Geriatrics. UAB and the Birmingham VA offer multiple other potential advanced training opportunities after completion of the one year of clinically oriented training in Geriatric Medicine, including the possibility of pursuing training in palliative care.

Program Aims

  1. To develop physicians skilled at practicing state-of-the-art, compassionate, and cost-effective care for older adults in multiple health care settings.
  2. To enable fellows to value, understand, and practice interprofessional teamwork.
  3. To recruit fellows with strong leadership potential, and to provide them with the strong foundation necessary for leadership in the aging field, whether in administration, clinical care, research, or teaching.
  4. To empower fellows to actively direct their educational experience, to reflect frequently on their career goals and to create experiences that will help them achieve these goals.
  5. To equip fellows with essential skills to conduct research that generates unique and fundamental knowledge to improve the health and quality of life for older adults.

Fellowship Committee Members

Mark Newbrough, MD (Program Director)
Alayne Markland, DO, MSc (Associate Program Director)
Elizabeth McAlister, MS, C-TAGME (Program Coordinator)
Marianthe Grammas, MD
Jeannine McCormick, CRNP
Stephanie McSweeney, CRNP
Jessica Nix, LMSW

We accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) which typically opens in July.

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