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UC San Diego's Incoming Geriatric Medicine Fellows 2021-22

​We are pleased to announce our incoming geriatric medicine fellows for 2021-22 - what a fantastic group! 

Sheila Bhavsar, MD completed her undergraduate training at the University of Georgia, before completing medical school at Creighton University in Nebraska. She is currently an internal medicine resident here at UC San Diego! 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 her undergraduate study at UC San Diego, with a major in Human Biology. Medical School and Residency then took her to the beautiful Midwest. Though the cold winter may be brutal at first, the welcoming and supportive atmosphere of the community quickly won her heart. She completed both her medical education and internal medicine residency training at Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Now she is ecstatic to return back to UC San Diego 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.  Currently, she is serving 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. Given a passion for medical education, she chose to stay at Vanderbilt for a Chief Resident year after completing her Internal Medicine Residency there in 2020. 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. She is 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.  She is so excited to be moving to San Diego to train at UCSD!