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UC San Diego's Current Geriatrics Fellows 2021-22

Sheila Bhavsar, MD completed her internal medicine residency here at UC San Diego! Prior to that, she completed medical school at Creighton University in Nebraska and her undergraduate training at the University of Georgia. Her interests in geriatrics are primarily in nursing home and outpatient care, with a particular interest in QI research projects, which she hopes to get involved in during fellowship. She enjoys anything outdoors, including going to the beach or hiking activities. Sheila also enjoys cooking, though notes she is still learning! 


Jennifer Li, MD completed both her medical education and internal medicine residency training at Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Prior to that, she completed her undergraduate studies here at UC San Diego, with a major in Human Biology, and is now ecstatic to be back here to further her training in Geriatric Medicine. Her interest in the field originally stemmed from the loving interactions with her grandparents. Her broad exposure to Geriatric Medicine while in medical school and residency further solidified her determination to pursue a life-long career dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of elderly Americans. Dr. Li has serves as a trainee liaison to the Clinical Practice and Models of Care Committee of the American Geriatric Society.  In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with family, drawing & painting, and traveling.  


Rachael Petry, MD is a Tennessee native who completed her medical school training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN, followed by completing her Internal Medicine Residency and a year as Chief Resident at Vanderbilt. She was excited to move to San Diego to train at UCSD!
She is interested in educating peers and students on how to best communicate with and teach elderly patients with the aim of practicing more informed patient-centered care. Dr. Petry is also excited to learn more about the cross over between outpatient and inpatient geriatric medicine, specifically with regard to goals of care conversations and safe transitions of care. In her spare time, Rachael enjoys jogging, cooking (or trying to), wine tasting, having adventures with her boyfriend and dog, and skiing at the lake with her family.