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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.

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 community or academic settings.

The fellowship provides the proficiency needed to pass the ABIM/ABFM 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.

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

Our training program has clinical experiences as fellows

fellowship clinicBlock Rotations

  • Inpatient Palliative Care (KU)
  • Inpatient Neurology (KU)
  • Inpatient Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (KU)
  • Skilled Nursing Facility (3 various facilities)
  • Assisted Living
  • Outpatient Palliative Care (VA)
  • Medical Direction/Long-Term Care (VA)
  • Geriatrics Psychiatry (VA)
  • Geriatric Syndromes with experience in an outpatient memory clinic, urology and urogynecology, wound care, osteoporosis

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Geriatric Interprofessional Assessment Clinic
  • Primary Care Clinic
  • Long-Term Care
  • Housecalls

Didactics

  • Monthly
    • Journal Club
    • Morbidity/Mortality
    • GeriPal Ethics Conference
  • Weekly
    • Core reading/discussion
    • Board review
  • Plus
    • Education and teaching
    • Mentoring in leadership skills
    • Case conferences
    • Local supplementary research and clinical conferences

Core Conference
The primary aim of these weekly conferences is to ensure that the required educational content for an accredited geriatric fellowship program is covered in a cogent, concise and structured manner. These core curriculum conferences use the current Geriatric Review Syllabus as the textbook. This is a fellow-driven interactive course.

Journal Club
This monthly conference provides the fellows with an in-depth discussion of study design, research methods, and data analysis.  We emphasize research methods and statistical analysis as well as critique the author's conclusions.

GeriPal Ethics
This is a joint ethics seminar for the Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care fellowships that started in July 2012. 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 expands 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 participate in this monthly seminar. 

Morbidity and Mortality
The goal of this conference is to provide fellows an opportunity to review challenging cases encountered in the in-patient, outpatient consult service, or long-term care facility setting.

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

The Theo and Alfred M. Landon Center on Aging 
Geriatrics at the Landon Center on Aging encompasses three major areas: clinical care, teaching and research.

The Landon Center's clinical emphasis is housed in the Geriatrics Clinic where older adults receive high quality patient-centered health care and health related services through the provision of primary care or interdisciplinary consultative care regarding issues related to aging. 

The Landon Center on Aging has a strong emphasis on education with the goal of serving the needs of Kansas as well as the region. The Center generously supports the Geriatrics Fellowship as well as education of health care professionals including every single Medical Student and residents in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine.

In addition, the importance of creating new knowledge related to aging through research is an important priority of the Landon Center with nationally and internationally recognized research programs.

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, #18 in the nation in 2017, is one of eleven medical and surgical specialties ranked by the U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospital" lists. For more information, visit KansasHealthSystem.com. The University of Kansas Hospital receives no state appropriations and is financed through operating revenue, bonding authority and philanthropy.


Colmery-O'Neill Veterans Affair Administration Medical Center Since 1946, the staff of the Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center, located in Topeka, Kansas, has been serving veterans. The VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System serves as the primary health care provider for veterans in eastern Kansas and northwestern Missouri. The Topeka VA is located 1 hour and 15 minutes from the KU Med Center

Brookdale - Rosehill
Brookdale Rosehill is classified as a 5-Star Continuing Care Retirement Community, as evaluated by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and is considered a preferred provider of KU Medical Center amongst other local hospitals. Brookdale Rosehill is located in the heart of Shawnee, KS.

Levels of care include Skilled Nursing (66 beds), Long Term Care (24 bed) and Assisted Living (44 apartments).

Ignite Medical Resort in partnership with the University of Kansas Health System
Located adjacent to the Univeristh of Kansas Health System, Ignite Medical Resort has 96 beds and specializes in subacute or skilled care after acute hospitalization. Currently one floor provides long-term residential care.

Lakeview Village
Lakeview Village is a 5-star Continuing Care Retirement Community near old town Lenexa, KS. They are a not-for-profit facility serving the community for over 50 years. Levels of care include independent patio homes, independent apartments, assisted living apartments, skilled nursing and long-term care. They also offer home health services.

AdventHealth Care Center
A KU preferred provider with 94 beds of skilled nursing and long-term care. Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans are accepted. Private and semi-private rooms are available. This is a non-profit facility and part of the Adventist Health System.

Abd Qannus 2021Abd Qannus, MD - Geriatric Fellow 2020-2021

After completing medical school at Damascus University in Syria, Dr. Qannus completed an Internal Medicine Residency and Nephrology Fellowship at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. He went on to complete an additional Fellowship in Nephrology at Tufts University in Maine before coming to KUMC to do a one-year Fellowship in Transplant Nephrology. Dr. Qannus is currently completing a Geriatrics Fellowship and is particularly interested in chronic disease management in older adults.

Why Geriatrics: The growing population of older people with chronic diseases requires approaching the patient from different aspects, and provide care focused on their needs, not just treating a disease.

Thoughts for future practice: I hope that I can incorporate my expertise in geriatrics in the nephrology world.

Family: Despite Covid, my wife and I are still able to enjoy Kansas City with our two kids.

Hobbies/interest: ping-pong, visiting new places, and trying new foods

Landon Center on Aging

University of Kansas Medical Center 
Landon Center on Aging
Mail Stop 1005
3901 Rainbow Boulevard 
Kansas City, KS 66160 
Fax: 913-945-7544