Research During Fellowship
Fellows in Geriatric Medicine at UNC work together on research during fellowship. Mentored closely by our excellent research faculty Dr. Laura Hanson and Dr. John Batsis, cohorts complete a scholarly project each year. Fellows are mentored in the design and implementation of a quality improvement project. In addition, they meet with their mentors monthly to check in on the progress of this project.
Second Year and Extended Training
Fellows with interest in a research career have the benefits of our excellent faculty. Furthermore, they have access to the resources of the UNC Center for Aging and Health. In recent years, fellows have pursued additional research projects.
Fellows also have the opportunity to apply for an advanced fellowship. They may also pursue additional research training such as a Masters in Public Health or a Masters in Clinical Research through the Gillings School of Public Health at UNC. Applying for an advanced fellowship occurs in the fall of the clinical fellowship year.
Read more about what our research faculty are up to on our Research page or on their PubMed Pages:
“When looking at geriatrics fellowship programs, UNC stood out as a program for its commitment to research and support for their trainees to pursue a clinician-researcher pathway. The department’s enthusiasm for exploration within geriatrics is encouraging to trainees, as diverse research interests are welcomed and encouraged. This is exemplified by the collaboration of departments across the UNC system and nationally. If you are looking for a collaborative team that is passionate about advancing and advocating for better care for older adults, UNC Geriatrics is a great place to be!”
~ Dr. Hillary Spangler, 2022-2023 Geriatric Medicine Fellow
My geriatrics fellowship at UNC was transformative, shifting my career focus from clinician education to clinical research. The mentorship and guidance I received compelled this change, with Drs. Hanson, Batsis, and Niznik exemplifying the extraordinary dedication of UNC’s faculty to their mentees. They not only possess expertise and impressive achievements but also showed genuine kindness and unwavering support. Dr. Batsis and Dr. Hanson listened attentively to my aspirations, helping me articulate my research interests and refine my goals. Their approachability and investment in my professional development instilled confidence and shaped my trajectory in exploring new avenues and complexities of aging research.
~ Dr. David Lynch, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Alumni and Medical Director of Inpatient Geriatrics Service