Geriatric Fellowship Program


The Geriatric Medicine Fellowship offered by the Division of Geriatric Medicine is a one-year experience for physicians trained in internal medicine or family medicine interested in the care of the older adult. The Geriatric Medicine Fellowship provides educational experiences in a supportive environment of scholarship, integrity and critical thinking. The aim of the fellowship is three fold:

  • To impart to the Geriatric Medicine fellows clinical competencies in the assessment and management of the older adult with complex medical, psychiatric and social problems.
  • To provide the basic knowledge and understanding to conduct research in Geriatric Medicine.
  • To equip fellows with the skills to become clinician educators.

During the fellowship, fellows work with different subspecialties of particular importance in the care of the older adult: palliative care, neurology, hematology/oncology, geriatric psychiatry, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Fellows are expected to complete a research/scholarly project and develop skills as an educator within the course of the fellowship.

The Division of Geriatric Medicine is within the Department of Medicine and is closely connected to the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, with fellowship faculty from both departments. Fellows are able to work with physicians and researchers dedicated to keeping the older adult healthy and at home as long as possible.

What makes the UMass Geriatric Fellowship Unique:

  • Dual affiliation with Depts. of Internal and Family Medicine
  • Significant success since our launch in 2010:
    • 5-year ACGME accreditation, citation free, with notable practices
    • 100% Geriatric Medicine Board pass-rate
  • Unique focus on medical education
  • Continuity Geriatric Psychiatry with a Geriatric Psychiatrist
  • Continuity Geriatric Oncology with a dually-trained Geriatric Oncologist
  • A thriving Medical School dedicated to primary care education
  • On-site Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (with a Nobel Prize winner)
  • UMass Memorial Health Care is the premier provider for all Central Massachusetts, including 4 affiliate hospitals.

Catherine DuBeau, MD, Fellowship Program Director: catherine.dubeau@umassmemorial.org

Application Process:

Beginning with the 2014 academic year, Geriatric Medicine will be participating in the match program. For more information on the fellowship and the application process, please contact Margherita Altobelli, Fellowship Program Coordinator at 508-856-3085 or margherita.altobelli@umassmemorial.org

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 2013-2014 Fellows

2013-B Fellows

Chidimma Okoli, MD, completed medical school at University of Nigeria College of Medicine. During this training her curiosity and determination to help others led her to join in malaria research at several rural communities. She followed this interest in research work as a Clinical Research Program Coordinator with the Department of Gastroenterology at UMass Medical School. She worked on several clinical trials and was a co-investigator of a pilot study for Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis. She went on to complete her Internship and Residency Training in Internal Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School. She started her Geriatrics Fellowship at UMass in July. She plans to continue her practice locally in Massachusetts.

Randall J Morse, MD, was born in Worcester and grew up just 20 minutes south of the city. After attending Boston University for his undergraduate, he graduated medical school at Saint Louis University, School of Medicine, where he became interested in Geriatric Medicine under the tutelage of Dr. Flaherty and Dr. Paniagua. Dr. Morse then decided to move closer to home and completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Massachusetts, including an additional year as a Chief Resident with special focus on education. He started his Geriatrics Fellowship at UMass in July. Following his yearlong fellowship, he intends on practicing in the area.

2012-2013 Fellows

Jarrod and abhi

Jarrod Faucher, DO, is a Worcester native who attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA, and graduated in 2008. He completed his internship and residency at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester. He stayed at Saint Vincent Hospital for an additional year as a Chief Medical Resident before starting his Geriatrics Fellowship at UMass in July. Dr. Faucher has joined a local practice as a geriatrician.

Abhijeet Patil, MD, MS, was born and raised in a small town ‘Beed’ in India. With the intent to study medicine and passion to help others, he attended Grant Medical College in Mumbai. He then went to Miami University in Ohio where obtained two Master degrees in Exercise & Health Studies and Sport Psychology. He chose to pursue the challenging and rewarding Family Medicine path because he believes in holistic care of an individual, continuity care for his patients, and is committed to service to the community. He worked as a Chief resident at Hennepin County Medical Center program in Minneapolis and was a recipient of the prestigious ‘Eldon Berglund’ resident of year award. Dr. Patil has joined the faculty of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and begun practicing at one of their clinics.

2011-2012 Fellows

2011 FellowsB

Elizabeth Howard, MD, has completed her fellowship year in Geriatrics at UMASS. She obtained her medical school degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda Maryland. Dr Howard served as a Commander in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps .Her civilian career has included a medical practice in a multispecialty medical group setting in Canandaigua New York and an internal medicine practice with Fallon Clinic in Worcester with a focus on caring for the elderly population. She has been in clinical practice for 25 years.  Dr. Howard has joined the Geriatric Medicine faculty at UMassMemorial Medical Center

Bhavani Peddagovindu, MD, completed medical school at Osmania Medical College in India. She has also completed a master’s in public health from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She then completed her internal medicine residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, MA. Dr. Peddagovindu has moved to Portland, Oregon to begin a practice there.