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. 

For more information, please contact 
Luis Melendez at

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 VHA's Office of Rural Health and by the Offices of, Patient Care Services and Geriatrics and Extended Care

Addressing Geriatric Mental Health: Supporting Veterans and Their Families

Recorded sessions of a live 4-part webinar series sponsored by EES and the VA Geriatrics Scholars Program in collaboration with the VA Palo Alto GRECC and Durham VA Health Care System Psychology Service 

Rural Interdisciplinary Team Training (RITT) - Webinar Series for Cognitive Aging and DementiaRecorded session of the 4-part webinar series designed to reinforce the information presented during the RITT Program, a component of the VA Geriatric Scholars Program
Addressing Geriatric Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Webinar Series  Archived recordings of the 4-part webinar series sponsored by the VA Geriatric Scholars Program and EES

Geriatric Scholars Toolkits

The VA Geriatric Scholars Program Toolkits page provides digital access to the hard copy toolkits distributed by the VA Geriatric Scholars Program
Geriatric Scholars PublicationsList of peer reviewed publications, reports and presentations, by and about the VA Geriatric Scholars Program from 2010 to present

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: Thursday, September 30, 2021, 12:51 PM