GeriatricsFellowship

We offer clinical and academic track geriatric fellowships sponsored by our Division in conjunction with the Department of Family and Community Medicine. We also offer a hospice and palliative medicine fellowship for physicians. Through the South Texas Veterans Administration, we also offer an interprofessional palliative care fellowship for advanced nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers and chaplains. We participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and applications for our geriatric fellowship programs should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applications for our Palliative Medicine fellowship are available by contacting our academic coordinator, Pauline de los Santos at (210) 617-5311 or delossantosp@uthscsa.edu.



What we offer

Our Division supports several fellowship programs :

  • Clinical and academic track geriatric fellowships sponsored by our Division in conjunction with the Department of Family and Community Medicine.
  • Hospice and palliative medicine fellowship open to physicians from a wide variety of specialities.
  • An interprofessional palliative care fellowship for advanced nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers and chaplains sponsored by the South Texas Veterans Administration.

How to apply

Our Geriatric Fellowship program participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and applications should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

At this time, applications for our Palliative Medicine fellowship are available by contacting our academic coordinator, Pauline de los Santos at (210) 617-5300 X14214 or delossantosp@uthscsa.edu.

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the U.S., or J-1 Visa Holders for fellowship positions at UTHSCSA. We do not accept applications from H1B1 visa holders.
     
  • Courses in conducting research are available to help fellows interested in research.
Fellowship Administration
NameTitleEmailTelephone
Chiodo, Laura KFellowship Director -Geriatrics chiodo@uthscsa.edu (210) 617-5237 
Oakes, Sandra LilianaCo-Fellowship Director, Geriatricsoakes@uthscsa.edu (210) 358-3930 
Sanchez-Reilly, Sandra EFellowship Director, Palliative Medicinesanchezreill@uthscsa.edu (210) 617-5237 
De Los Santos, PaulineFellowship Program Coordinator, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicinedelossantosp@uthscsa.edu (210) 617-5300 X14214 
Our Current Fellows

Geriatrics Fellows

Adekunle Adedeji, MD
Graduated in 1997 from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He completed a family medicine residency here at UTHSCSA before starting his Geriatrics fellowship. His interests include soccer and medical missions.
Maria Yolanda Cipriani, MD
Graduated from the Universidad Peruana Cavetano Heredia in 1997. She completed her internal medicine residency training at Southern Illinois University in Springfield and is board certified in Internal Medicine. She completed her Geriatrics Fellowship at UTHSCSA and is now working as a clinical research fellow under the direction of Dr. Musi (Texas Diabetes Institute) and Dr. Michael Lichtenstein.
Cesar H. Garcia, MD
Graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2001 with a degree in pre-professional studies and Spanish. He graduated from UTHSCSA in 2006 and completed an internal medicine residency at the Regional Academic Health Center in 2009. His interests include playing the guitar/guitarron, singing Spanish music and Notre Dame football.
Cassandra Key, MD
Earned her Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and subsequently completed a Masters in Biological Sciences at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She obtained her medical degree from UTHSCSA and went on to do an internal medicine residency here. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children (#4 is on the way!) and participating in church activities.
Neela Patel, MD
Earned her BS degree in Chemistry, Botany and Zoology in Bangalore, India. She graduated from Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences in Bangalore before moving to the United states to earn a Master’s Degree in Public Health at the University of Northern Colorado. She completed a residency in Family and Community Medicine at UTHSCSA and subsequently began her geriatrics fellowship. She is a second year fellow conducting research on yoga as an exercise intervention for older adults. Her interests include cooking, reading philosophy, classical dance and yoga.

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellows

Tarik Hadid, MD
Completed his undergraduate and medical education at the University of Khartoum. He then completed an internal medicine residency at Michigan State University Program in Kalamazoo, Michigan. His interests include palliative oncology, travel and theater.
Ashlei W. Lowery, MD
Graduated from Arkansas State University with a BS in biological sciences and graduated from University of Arkansas Medical School in 2005. She then completed her internal medicine residency here at UTHSCSA and served as a chief resident for the 2007-2008 academic year. Her hobbies include traveling, writing and cooking.
Jignesh Patel, MD
Completed his undergraduate medical education in India before coming to the United States to do an internal medicine residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York.
Taral Patel, MD
Completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Irvine. He attended the American University of the Carribean School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine residency at West Virginia University. His hobbies include watching Lakers games, spending time with his family, and movies.

Palliative Care Fellows

Alfonso Orocio, Jr
Earned his BA/BS from Southwestern A/G University in Waxahachie, TX. He then completed his MA in Religion at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, VA in 2006. He is an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God Church and completed a one-year residency at East Jefferson General Hospital in Louisiana prior to starting his palliative care fellowship here at the South Texas VA. His interests include running, playing guitar and missions work.
James Rodgers, PhD
Completed a BA in Psychology at the University of North Texas and earned his PhD from the University of Louisville in 2009 before starting his palliative care fellowship. Formerly a professional musician, he still enjoys playing on occasion for weddings, funerals and church functions. He enjoys spending time with his wife Kelly and their 16 year old daughter.
Clinical and Academic Track Geriatrics Fellowships

The clinical care curriculum includes participation in both community-based and VA-based continuity clinics, an outpatient evalution unit, a geriatric consultation service, on-site and community-based nursing homes, home care and hospice programs. View sample curriculum for more details.

In addition to enhancing their more traditional diagnostic and treatment skills, the fellow will develop competence as a teacher, teaching internal medicine, family medicine, gynecology, and podiatry residents, along with medical students and other healthcare professionals.

Fellows develop research skills and are expected to design, conduct, analyze and present a research project at the American Geriatrics Society annual meeting. Fellows have the opportunity to work with a large and varied group of faculty from the sponsoring departments as well as many other sub-specialists on campus.

Special Features of the Geriatrics Fellowship Program

Due to ongoing support of the John A. Hartford Center significant salary support is available to incoming fellows. Including the following:

  • Salary Stipend in Year 1 (Total Salary =$43,000)
  • Additional stipend support for Year 2 Fellows available July 1 of the training year.
  • Opportunity for Year 3 Training and additional stipend support available July 1 of the training year

Academic Track Geriatrics Fellowship

For those interested in a career in academic medicine, we also offer two or three year fellowship programs. After completion of the one year clinical fellowship, fellows have protected time in years two and three to learn how to teach, conduct research, publish and write grants. We offer four academic tracks:

  • Clinician Educator Track
  • Basic Science Research Track
  • Clinical Research Track 
For more information about our geriatric fellowships, including a sample curriculum, please visit the website for our John A. Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Education (http://geriatrics.uthscsa.edu/index.asp).

Courses in conducted research are available to interested fellows. More information can be found here (link: http://iims.uthscsa.edu/ed_welcome.html).

Information for our Residents, Medical Students and Other Trainees

For assessment tools, and helpful readings, visit the John A. Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Education Resources page.

Coming soon, more links to educational resources and rotation information!

Palliative Medicine Fellowships

Since 1999, we have offered fellowships in Palliative Medicine. In 2008, we received ACGME accreditation for our Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship, which is open to physicians from a wide variety of medical or surgical specialties. In addition, nurses, social workers, psychologists or chaplains desiring an intensive, one-year clinical experience in palliative medicine also participate in the Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship Program sponsored by the South Texas Veterans Health Care System Audie L. Murphy Memorial Hospital. Fellows from both programs participate together in weekly didactic and discussion sessions facilitated by members of our Division or other Faculty and Staff.



Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program


Prior to starting the fellowship, physician candidates must have completed residency training in one of the following sponsoring American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Boards:Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, Neurology, Radiology or Surgery. Fellowship activities include:

  • Ambulatory Palliative Care
  • Ethics
  • Home Hospice
  • Inpatient Hospice
  • Introduction to Clinical Investigation
  • Oncology Clinic and Assessment
  • Pain Clinic
  • Palliative Care Consultation Services
  • Pediatric Palliative Care
  • Mentored Research
  • Teaching Skills Development
  • Tailored Electives
  • Geriatric Syndromes and Assessment
  • Culturally competent curricular to provide appropriate palliative care to minority populations
  • Opportunities to teach and develop academic skills
  • Flexibility to accommodate individual professional interests

Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship Program


This is a comprehensive program designed to train interdisciplinary fellows in the areas of medicine, nursing, social work, chaplaincy, and psychology that provides well-balanced training to achieve expertise in providing state-of-the-art palliative care.
One of only six such programs in the US, this fellowship provides trainees with a unique opportunity to develop as leaders in the field of Interdisciplinary Palliative Care. Our mission is to develop leaders in the sub-specialty of Palliative Care who will provide the best services to our community and beyond.

For more information about any of our fellowships, or to inquire about your application, please contact our Academic Coordinator or the Fellowship Director.

NameTitleEmailTelephone
Chiodo, Laura KFellowship Director -Geriatrics chiodo@uthscsa.edu (210) 617-5237 
De Los Santos, PaulineFellowship Program Coordinator delossantosp@uthscsa.edu (210) 617-5311