VA Geriatric Scholars Program

Welcome! This page houses tools and resources for VA Geriatric Scholars Program participants and alumni.

The VA Geriatric Scholars Program integrates geriatrics into primary care practices through tailored education for professional development. By providing continuing education and professional development on geriatric topics, inter-professional (e.g., physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, social workers, psychologists) educational experiences encourage innovation and creativity to promote function and independence in older adults. The program serves Veterans through its efforts to improve quality of care and improve access to health care providers who are knowledgeable about geriatric care. Formats include: intensive educational courses, clinical practicum training experiences, on-going coaching and mentoring opportunities and choices among self-directed learning activities. The Geriatric Scholars Program is an example of the VA’s commitment to providing high quality care to all Veterans.

Geriatric Scholars looking for program materials should also visit our Geriatric Scholars SharePoint site (from the VA network). 

The VA Geriatric Scholars Program has been generously supported since its inception in 2008 by the VA Office of Rural Health and by the Offices of Patient Care Services and Geriatrics Extended Care. 

Geriatric Scholars Toolkits

The Geriatric Scholars Program Toolkits page provides digital access to the hard copy toolkits distributed by the VA Geriatric Scholars Program

Josea KramerJosea Kramer, PhD

Dr. Kramer is the founder and director of the VA Geriatric Scholars Program since its inception in 2008. Dr. Kramer is the Associate Director for Education/Evaluation at the VA Greater L.A. GRECC, and a professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. 


LMelendezLuis Melendez, MPA, MS

Luis Melendez has been the VA Geriatric Scholars Program administrator since 2013. For questions, comments or concerns, contact Luis Melendez at

Last modified: Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 5:27 PM