Geriatrics Inpatient Teaching Services


On behalf of the entire faculty of the Division of Geriatrics in the Department of Medicine, we welcome you to the Geriatrics Inpatient Teaching Service at UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center. We hope this educational experience will provide you with an excellent opportunity to learn how to provide quality care to frail, hospitalized older adults and how to lead an interdisciplinary team in the provision of this care under the supervision of dedicated faculty. The Geriatrics Team is comprised of two residents, Blue and Gold, and one or two attending physicians. Other interdisciplinary team members include the nursing staff, a geriatric pharmacist, clinical case manager, nurse practitioner, rehabilitation therapists, social worker, dietitian, and chaplain.

In order to optimize your preparation for this rotation, please review the Nuts and Bolts before you start. On your first day, please do not forget to ask for your copy of the latest edition of the popular handbook, Geriatrics At Your Fingertips, from your supervising faculty at the start of your rotation.  It’s your gift from the Division of Geriatrics.

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Geriatrics Inpatient Rotation Nuts & Bolts

Maristela B. Garcia, MD
Medical Director, Geriatrics Unit
Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Erin Atkinson Cook, MD
Program Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship
Associate Chief of Education - Geriatrics
Philo Woodrow Van Wagoner Endowed Chair
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


Grace I. Chen, MD
Clinical Chief, Division of Geriatrics
Medical Director, Medical Specialties Suite (MSS) in Westwood
Regional Director, Department of Medicine
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

David B. Reuben, MD
Director, Multicampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology
Chief, Division of Geriatrics
Archstone Professor of Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA