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Geriatric Fellowship

The mission of the clinical geriatric program is to provide supervised, interdisciplinary opportunities for fellows to develop the clinical and interpersonal skills, knowledge, and professional attitudes required of a physician competent in the care of the aged.

Welcome to the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of General and Geriatric Medicine. We are proud of our long and rich tradition that has made us one of the leading Geriatric Medicine fellowships programs in this country.

The Landon Center on Aging trains geriatricians through our fully accredited Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine. After completing the fellowship, our physicians pursue geriatric medicine careers in either community or academic settings.

The fellowship provides the proficiency needed to pass the special competence examination in geriatric medicine. Such certification gives physicians recognition among their medical peers as expert primary care physicians and consultants in geriatric medicine.

The Landon Center on Aging seeks board-eligible or board-certified internists or family physicians for this one-year fellowship.

During this one-year fellowship the fellow gains experience with the full continuum of geriatric care and a broad variety of patients. The Landon Center on Aging utilizes a longitudinal fellowship curriculum to optimize the value of each type of experience for particular circumstances. Longitudinal experiences throughout the year include a primary care outpatient clinic and supervised patient care at a variety of care settings. Through these experiences, the fellow also learns the nuances of transitions of care as well as care in any one setting. Multidisciplinary teams operate in each setting including nursing, social work, pharmacy and others and the fellow becomes comfortable operating in these settings. Continuity of care and optimizing functional capacity are emphasized throughout the program.

It is organized to provide a well-supervised longitudinal experience at a sufficient level for the fellow to acquire the competence of a geriatrician in regard to patient care, medical knowledge, professionalism, communication and interpersonal skills, system-based practice and practice-based learning and improvement.

 Meet our Program Director and Faculty

Deon Hayley, DO

 Deon Cox Hayley, DO
Associate Professor, Division of General and Geriatric Medicine,
Department of Internal Medicine

Dr. Hayley describes, "Being a Geriatrician means teaching is essential: ensuring physicians understand the nuances of caring for the older adults and embracing the need teach their patients and caregivers is our greatest opportunity to provide excellent care for our aging population. My fervent, heartfelt desire is to groom physicians so that they can also reach the older adults in need of specialized care and teach that care to others. "

Dr. Hayley went to Medical School at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (previously UHS-COM), completed Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Kansas in Wichita and Fellowships in Geriatric Medicine and Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. She stayed on as faculty at the University of Chicago for 17 years before coming back home to Kansas City in 2010. Since completing her training, she has been intimately involved with training fellows in clinical settings and scholarship and, as of 2016, serves as the Geriatrics Fellowship Director at KU.

Dr. Hayley's clinical interests are in dementia, palliative care and home care. She is Section Leader of Geriatrics in the Division of General and Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine. Her research interests overlap with her teaching and clinical care. 


Shelly Bhattacharya, DO, MPH

Associate Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care, Department of Family Medicine
James T Birch, JR., MD, MSPH

Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care, Department of Family Medicine

 Candice CoffeyCandice Coffey, MD 

Assistant Professor, Division of General and Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine

 Deon HayleyDeon Cox Hayley, DO

Associate Professor, Division of General and Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
 Jessica Kalender-RichJessica Kalender-Rich, MD

Associate Professor, Division of General and Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
Rachel MasonRachel Mason, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of
General and Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
Sally RiglerSally Rigler, MD

Chief, Geriatrics and Extended
Kansas City VA Medical Center
Sharee WigginsSharee A Wiggins, NP, Post-MS(N), APRN, BC-GNP, BC-ANP

Instructor, Department of Family Medicine/ Division of Geriatrics Medicine and Palliative Care



The Geriatric Fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center provides longitudinal experience in assessment, primary care, long-term care, house calls and medical administration/QI.  Monthly block rotations include urology/urogynecology, palliative care, neurology/memory care, geropsychiatry, rehabilitation and other experiences based on individual interest.

Inpatient setting

  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Palliative Care

Ambulatory Care setting

  • Primary Care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Assessment Clinic
  • Neurology
  • Memory Disorders Clinic
  • Urology
  • Wound Care Clinic
  • Dermatology
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Long-term Care setting

  • Specialty nursing care facility
  • Primary long-term care facility
  • Hospice
  • Home Health


Core Conference - the primary aim of this conference is to ensure that the required educational content for an accredited geriatric fellowship program is covered in a cogent, concise and structured manner. The core curriculum conference uses the Geriatric Review Syllabus 7th Edition as the textbook for the course. This is a fellow-driven interactive course.

Journal Club - this conference is to provide the fellows with an in-depth discussion of study design, research methods, and data analysis, emphasizing research methods and statistical analysis as well as a critique of the author's conclusions. Pub Med

GeriPal Ethics- this is a joint ethics seminar for the Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care fellowships started in July, 2012. Led by Dr. Jessica Kalender-Rich and Dr Lindy Landzaat, With the support of medical ethicists from the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine, this seminar explores the ethical dimensions of recent clinical cases through a case-based approach led by the fellows. In addition to its focus on bioethics, this seminar will expand to include discussion of health law, professional guidelines, and the role of multiple professions in addressing ethical challenges. Learners from all four health profession schools and the Schools of Social Welfare and Law will be asked to participate in this monthly seminar. A case file spanning the breadth of ethical challenges in interprofessional care of older adults will be developed as part of this seminar series.

Geriatric Morbidity and Mortality - The goal is to provide fellows an opportunity to review challenging cases encountered in the in-patient geriatrics unit, outpatient clinic, the consult service or long-term care facility.

Geriatric Board Review - It is the expectation of the University of Kansas Medical Center Geriatric Fellowship Program that each fellow will take and pass the Geriatric Certifying Exam within one year of completion of the program. These monthly sessions are designed to assist the fellow in preparing for the exam


Landon Center on Aging

The Theo and Alfred M. Landon Center on Aging opened on the campus of the University of Kansas Medical Center in May 2001. This state-of-the-art facility is dedicated to older adults throughout Kansas and the region. The facility will develop and support model health care services, translate research into cutting-edge clinical geriatric care, and educate patients, families, health care professional students and practicing professionals on the newest principles of geriatric health. All fellows' primary care clinics are held at the Center on Aging.

The University of Kansas Health System is the region's premier academic medical center, providing a full range of care. The hospital is affiliated with the University of Kansas Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions, and their various leading-edge research projects. The constantly growing facility contains 768 staffed beds and serves more than 37,500 inpatients annually.  Geriatrics, #13 in the nation, is one of eleven medical and surgical specialties ranked by the U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospital" lists.  For more information, visit The University of Kansas Hospital receives no state appropriations and is financed through operating revenue, bonding authority and philanthropy.

Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center (KC VAMC) is one of eight medical centers in the Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN). The mission of the KC VAMC is to provide high quality, comprehensive primary and tertiary healthcare to Veterans in the area, and to provide selected specialty care services to referred Veterans. Its mission is also to provide education and training to healthcare professionals and to perform research that benefits Veterans.

Colmery-O'Neill Veterans Affair Administration Medical Center Since 1946, the staff of the Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center has been serving veterans. The VA Easter Kansas Health Care System serves as the primary health care provider for veterans in eastern Kansas and northwestern Missouri.

Last modified: Jul 26, 2018