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Geriatrics Fellowship Overview

ADGAP2017 logoWelcome to the Prisma Health–Midlands/University of South Carolina Columbia Geriatrics Fellowship Program. Our program features outstanding clinical opportunities for training, including one of the original PACE (Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) sites in the country. Our faculty have trained and served on leading geriatrics programs across the United States, we have a new state-of-the-art outpatient facility and we offer increased access to the Geriatric Loan Forgiveness Program for eligible fellows.

Training in geriatrics brings together an understanding of:

  • The physiology of aging
  • The changing patterns of presentation and progression of disease related to aging
  • The unique geriatric syndromes
  • Comprehensive interdisciplinary care
  • Integrating function of disease-based management

In addition, it provides a focus on functional status and its integration into the care process and holistic approach to primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention. Fellows receive training from board-certified and fellowship-trained geriatricians in a variety of settings including short and long-term institutional care, ambulatory care, community-based care, and well-elderly programs.

My residency experience: Internal Medicine

Malissa Etheredge, MD, completed her internal medicine residency at Prisma Health–Midlands. Now completing a fellowship in geriatrics, Etheredge was inspired by her mother, Lisa Wilson, MD, a practicing geriatrician with Palmetto SeniorCare PACE.

Educational Debt Forgiveness for Geriatric Fellows (up to $35,000/year)

The State of South Carolina has approved educational debt forgiveness for geriatricians agreeing to practice in the State of South Carolina for five years. Preference is given to those completing fellowship training in South Carolina.

Qualified applicants who are selected for the loan forgiveness program through the State of South Carolina may receive educational debt repayment of up to $35,000 per year of fellowship training.

If you’ve considered a career in geriatrics but have considerable educational debt that is preventing you from making that choice, please consider applying for Prisma Health/ University of South Carolina School of Medicine fellowship program.

For more information about the loan forgiveness program, visit the S.C. Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging by clicking here or contact Kay Taylor Hightower, Program Manager, (803) 734-9903,

For more fellowship information, contact:

Rachelle Gajadhar, MD, AGSF
Program Director
3010 Farrow Rd., Suite 300A
Columbia, SC 29203
P: 803-434-1057
F: 803-434-4420