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Director, Geriatric Medicine (Internal Medicine) Fellowship Program
Jorge G. Ruiz, MD
Phone: 305-575-3388
Email: j.ruiz@miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
We participate in the National Resident Matching Program.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted via the Electronic Residency Application System.

Deadline:
Applications are accepted from July to October. Interviews are conducted from August to October.

Call Schedule

There is no call schedule required.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

1201 N.W. 16th Street

Miami, FL 33125

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Leon Medical Centers – Kendall Center

12515 S.W. 88 Street

Miami, FL 33186

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Miami Jewish Health Systems

5200 N.E. 2nd Avenue

Miami, FL 33137

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MorseLife Health System

4847 Fred Gladstone Drrive

West Palm Beach, FL 33417

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All applicants must successfully complete United States Medical Licensing Examination Steps 1, 2 and 3 prior to the start of the program.

Postgraduate Training:
There is postgraduate training required in the form of a successfully completed ACGME-accredited residency in internal medicine or family medicine.

Visas

The J1-Visa: Alien Physician Program, sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, is the standard visa for residents/fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For specific program eligibility/qualifications or additional information, please contact:

Lourdes Boet
Hospital Services Supervisor
Physician Services Department

Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Ave. Suite ET-1004
Miami, FL 33136-1096
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123
Email: LBoet@jhsmiami.org

Geriatric Medicine (Internal Medicine) Fellowship

Mission & Vision

We strive to elucidate and apply the biopsychosocial aging model to improve health and independence and quality of life for older persons ranging from highly functional to frail. We achieve these goals through understanding, applying, teaching, innovating and promulgating interdisciplinary approaches to the problems of the older person in the modern world.

Mission & Vision

We strive to elucidate and apply the biopsychosocial aging model to improve health and independence and quality of life for older persons ranging from highly functional to frail. We achieve these goals through understanding, applying, teaching, innovating and promulgating interdisciplinary approaches to the problems of the older person in the modern world.

Program Director’s Welcome

The University of Miami/Jackson Health System Geriatric Medicine (Internal Medicine) Fellowship Program is under the auspices of Jackson Memorial Hospital, an accredited, non-profit, tertiary care hospital and the major teaching facility for the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.

Program Director’s Welcome

The University of Miami/Jackson Health System Geriatric Medicine (Internal Medicine) Fellowship Program is under the auspices of Jackson Memorial Hospital, an accredited, non-profit, tertiary care hospital and the major teaching facility for the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.

The faculty are responsible for staffing programs at various sites including Jackson Memorial Hospital; Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Joseph L. Morse Geriatric Center in West Palm Beach; Miami Jewish Health Systems and Leon Medical Centers.

Fellows receive training in the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly training and our overall holistic approach integrates faculty from the entire spectrum of academic disciplines. This dedicated team of professionals works in pursuit of specific aims:

Train internal medicine or family medicine physicians to be:

1. Competent and compassionate geriatricians who employ strategies for life-long learning.
2. Culturally competent geriatricians that care for ethnically and socio-economically diverse populations.
3. Geriatric teachers that educate multidisciplinary trainees to practice culturally appropriate geriatric care.
4. Geriatricians that practice interdisciplinary care leadership in diverse practice settings.
5. Geriatric leaders in the development and delivery of evidence-based care models and population health.

-Jorge G. Ruiz, MD

Description

Train internal medicine or family medicine physicians to be:

1. Competent and compassionate geriatricians who employ strategies for life-long learning.
2. Culturally competent geriatricians that care for ethnically and socio-economically diverse populations.
3. Geriatric teachers that educate multidisciplinary trainees to practice culturally appropriate geriatric care.
4. Geriatricians that practice interdisciplinary care leadership in diverse practice settings.
5. Geriatric leaders in the development and delivery of evidence-based care models and population health.

-Jorge G. Ruiz, MD

Fast Facts

Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Number of Fellows per Year?

8

Duration of Fellowship?

1 year

Program Highlights

3rd largest geriatric medicine fellowship in the country

100% of graduated fellows pass the geriatric medicine board

Apartment provided in West Palm Beach for MorseLife Health System rotation

Clinical Experience

Our Geriatric Medicine (Internal Medicine) Fellowship Program trains fellows in preparation for achieving board certification as a practitioner and educator/researcher of geriatric medicine. The program emphasizes broad clinical exposure, scholarship, self-instruction, development of critical analysis of clinical problems and the ability to consult in complex biological, psychological and social aspects of geriatric assessment and management.

Block Clinical Rotations

  • Jackson Memorial Hospital – palliative care & hospice
  • MorseLife Health System – post-acute and long term care
  • Miami Jewish Health Systems – PACE, post-acute and long-term care
  • Leon Medical Centers – outpatient geriatrics
  • VA Specialty Clinics – memory disorders, incontinence, falls, frailty and wound care
  • VA Home Care
  • VA Palliative Care & Hospice
  • VA Geriatric Psyc
  • VA Acute Care

Longitudinal Clinical Experiences

  • VA Primary Care
  • VA Nursing Home

Didactic Activities

  • Gerimmersion: A 32-hour, hands-on introduction to geriatric medicine
  • Geriatric Evidence-Based Morning Review (weekly)
  • Grand Rounds (monthly)
  • Case Presentations (weekly)
  • Geriatric Medicine Core Curriculum (weekly)
  • Geriatric Medicine Board Review (weekly)

Additional Pathway

The Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center houses the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, one of 20 VA Centers of Excellence in aging, longevity and geriatric research. There are multiple opportunities to pursue research in basic science, clinical, translational and health services research. Our main areas of focus are diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome in older adults, osteoporosis and bone research, stem cell therapies and frailty.

Research mentors in various topics are based at the VA GRECC.

Your Faculty

Joel Danisi, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Medicine
Director, Geriatric Primary, Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Marianne Desir, MD
Associate Director, Geriatric Medicine (Internal Medicine) Fellowship Program
GRECC Attending, Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Voluntary Assistant Professor, Clinical Medicine

Karl Dhana, MD
Medical Director, MorseLife Health System
Voluntary Assistant Professor, Clinical Medicine

Iriana Hammel, MD
Medical Director, Florida PACE Miramar, Miami Jewish Health Systems

Jorge Maida-Luquetta, MD
Geriatrician – Site Coordinator, Leon Medical Centers, Kendall Center

Michael J. Mintzer, MD
Associate Director, Education and Evaluation (AD/EE), VA GRECC, Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Retired Professor, Medicine

Osvaldo Rodriguez, MD
Director, Home Based Primary Care, Bruce W. Carter Department of
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Voluntary Assistant Professor, Clinical Medicine

Mercedes Rodriguez-Suarez, MD
Psychiatrist/Geriatric Psychiatrist, Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Jorge G. Ruiz, MD
Associate Professor, Clinical Medicine
Director, Geriatric Medicine (Internal Medicine) Fellowship Program
Co-Director, GRECC Advanced Geriatrics Fellowship Program, Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Associate Director, Clinical Affairs, GRECC, Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Khin M. Zaw, MDAssociate Professor, Clinical Medicine
Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program
Director, Hospice, Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Cezary Zawadzki, MD
Director, Palliative Care
Voluntary Assistant Professor

Alumni Placements Include:

Brooklyn VA Medical Center
Cleveland Clinic Florida
Emory University
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Miami VA Healthcare System
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
University of Miami

Alumni Placements Include:

Brooklyn VA Medical Center
Cleveland Clinic Florida
Emory University
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Miami VA Healthcare System
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
University of Miami