Kahli Zietlow, MD

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Education and Training

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Medical School
Duke University School of Medicine

Duke University Medical Center

About Me

Okemos, Michigan

Why are you interested in a career in Geriatrics?
The values of Geriatric Medicine have always resonated with me.  I enjoy taking a comprehensive approach to patient care.  Learning to appreciate how psychosocial factors and functional status impact health allows for a more personalized and realistic approach to treatment of disease.  I also appreciate the complexity of chronic illness and taking into account how different diseases and systems interplay.  As healthcare becomes more specialized, we are in danger of practicing in silos.  As a geriatrician, I hope to help patients bridge gaps in their care.

What are the strengths of the Duke Geriatrics Fellowship Program?
The Duke Geriatrics Fellowship is such a unique, exciting year. There is a wide breadth of clinical practice settings, including 3 hospital systems, 3 longterm care centers, and a huge selection of outpatient experiences.  Our fellowship is very multidisciplinary, as we work and train alongside NPs, PTs, pharmacists, and PHDs.  Working with such a diverse group of trainees has broadened my own perspective immensely. 

The Geriatrics faculty are brilliant, accomplished, but also very supportive.  They are passionate about education and many are world-renowned researchers. It has been a privilege to work alongside them.  Beyond the fellowship program, Duke Health System has such a fun and collaborative culture.  There are so many opportunities for learning and career development and the GME program is very invested in fellow development.  I plan to take advantage of the optional Advanced Fellowship track for further career exploration.

Career and Research Goals

I love inpatient medicine. I hope to practice clinical geriatrics in an acute care setting. I'm also passionate about teaching and education. I plan on pursuing a career in academic medicine.