By 2039, 3.5 million more healthcare professionals will be needed to care for our aging society. The need for healthcare professionals to provide competent, compassionate, and committed clinical professionals to care for our aging population is in high demand. AMDA’s Futures Program is a one-year learning experience designed to introduce a career in post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) medicine for residents, fellows, and advanced practice providers.

The program begins with an intensive one-day learning experience geared toward clinicians early in their careers. Held in conjunction with PALTC23 – AMDA’s annual conference, the program exposes practitioners to the numerous career opportunities available in PALTC medicine. Futures Connect, a year-round online program, provides resources and interaction with PALTC leaders in anticipation that participants will remain engaged with colleagues throughout their careers.

AMDA On-The-GoFuture Brochure


Learning Objectives

Upon completing the Foundation Futures Program, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the variety of ways to practice in the PALTC setting.
  • Delineate the roles and responsibilities of providers/medical directors who serve in PALTC settings.
  • Depict the contributions of the interdisciplinary team.
  • Describe components of PALTC settings, including clinical capabilities, financing, regulation, commonly used terms, and acronyms.
  • List the benefits of AMDA membership, such as professional community participation, advocacy for setting, practice, and patient-specific needs, and CME/CE opportunities in engaging learning formats.


  • PGY IV or V Geriatric Medicine/Geriatric Psych Fellows
  • PGY II or III Internal Medicine or Family Physician Residents
  • Advanced Practitioners: Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants
  • Allied Health professionals completing their training
  • Previous participants are not eligible to apply


Participants will receive the following benefits:

  • Admission to the Futures Program on Thursday, March 9, 2023. Attendance at this all-day event is required.
  • Registration to PALTC23 – AMDA’s annual conference from March 10-12, 2023, in Tampa, FL. Daily attendance at PALTC23 is required.
  • One-year membership to AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine beginning January 2023. Membership benefits include a subscription to JAMDA -the Society’s scientific peer-reviewed journal online, and access to members-only content via podcasts and AMDA’s APP.
  • Participants will have access to resources provided through Futures Connect, the year-long online program that offers platforms for networking, discussions about topics of clinical interest, and open discussions with PALTC leaders.

Program Agenda

Agenda to be provided when finalized

Application Process

Please prepare the following items to upload with your online application:

  • Letter of Interest (LOI) – Your LOI should be no more than 250 words and describe your interest in long-term care practice and why you feel you will benefit from participating in this program
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • A current high-resolution photograph 

Read and accept the Futures Program Policies before submitting the online application. Submission of your Futures Program application indicates that you have read and accepted the Futures Program Policies.


A Letter of Support (LOS) by the applicant’s program director or another AMDA member must be emailed to Futures@paltc.org following submission of your online application. Your application will not be complete until we receive the LOS.

Futures Program Policies

Cancellation Policy
The purpose of this policy is to provide a cancellation procedure for Futures participants, should a cancellation be necessary.


Statement of Policy
If a Futures participant would have to decline or withdraw from the Futures Program, they must contact AMDA’s program manager immediately by phone and in writing. The participant’s program director will also be notified of the cancellation.


Travel Policy
This policy aims to ensure consistent procedures among Futures participants awarded funding for travel and hotel expenses from the Foundation for PALTC Medicine; it does not apply to those whose expenses are paid by another organization or the participant.


Statement of Travel Policy

  1. Travel arrangements, including changes and cancellations of travel arrangements, can be made directly by the Futures participant. Flight changes and cancellation fees will be the responsibility of the Futures participant.
  2. The lowest available airfare shall be sought when booking. All travelers must use economy class.
  3. If the conference location is within driving distance of the participant, the participant will be reimbursed for mileage (federal rate) and parking fees.
  4. AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine’s Annual Conference registration will be paid directly by the Foundation.
  5. Staff will make the hotel accommodations in AMDA’s annual conference room block. If a participant receives funding and requires private accommodations, the Foundation will provide two nights of hotel accommodations, and the participant will be responsible for additional nights.
  6. Futures participants will be responsible for the costs of ground transportation to/from the conference and any food costs (breakfast and lunch will be provided on the day of the  Futures Program).

Online Application

The CLICK HERE will take you to the AMDA site, where you must sign in using a current account or create a new account to complete the Futures application.

Many educational programs or employers provide funds to attend a professional conference. If you need funding for travel/lodging expenses, you may submit a Request for Funding when you complete the application. Please note that there are limited funds available.

The application deadline is November 17, 2022.

2022 Futures Participants

The Futures Program seeks to expose residents, fellows, and advanced practitioners to the numerous career opportunities available in post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) medicine through events. In 2022, 47 practitioners participated in the program.

AMDA On-The-Go


Ganiat Adeogun, MD - Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Temitope Ajibawo, MD - University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix
Rashid Altafi, MD - George Washington University Geriatric Medicine
Shruti Anand, MD - Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Nadia Aslam, MD - University of Toledo Medical Center
Shauna Assadzandi, MD - University of Pittsburgh, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Antenor Aviles, MD - University of Arizona - Banner
Josef Bartels, MD, MPH - Geriatrics Fellowship in the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho
Michelle Barton, MD - Vanderbilt University Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program
Elizabeth Bobersky, MD - UMass Geriatric Medicine Fellowship
Meghan Brennan, DO - University of Louisville
Collin Burks, MD - Duke University Geriatrics Fellowship
Benjamin Canter - Boston University
Priyank Chauhan, MD - University of Arizona Phoenix - Banner
Timothy Chong, MD - University of Hawaii Geriatric Medicine Fellowship
Eric Chung, MD - Rush University Geriatrics
Jennifer Delgado-Felipa, MD - McGaw Northwestern
Jayasri Duggirala, MD - University of Pittsburgh, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Sheetal Gambhir, MD - Emory University Geriatric Medicine
Raina Garg, MD - Mercy Health Muskegon
GianAngelo Graci, MD - Atlantic Health System Geriatrics Fellowship Program
Anahid Hamparsumian, MD - Duke University Geriatrics Fellowship
Renae Hepfner, DO - Wyoming Family Medicine Residency
Stephanie Hong, MD - Stony Brook University Hospital Geriatrics
Sun-Jae Kim, MD - George Washington University
Sungyub Lew, MD - Duke University Geriatric Fellowship
Angela Lo, MD - University of Hawaii Department of Geriatrics
Anthony Martin, MD - University of Louisville Geriatric Medicine Fellowship
Meara Melton, MD, MBA - University of Colorado School of Medicine Geriatrics Fellowship
Alison Mercier, MD - Lancaster General Hospital Geriatrics Fellowship
Simin Nasr, MD - University of Pittsburgh, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Vanessa Ogundipe, MD - University of Michigan, Division of Geriatric and Palliative Care Medicine
Madhav Patel, MD - Duke University Geriatric Medicine Fellowship
Alexandra Petrakos, MD - Vanderbilt University Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program
Saba Qadir, MD - Lancaster General Hospital Geriatrics Fellowship
Caroline Schoo, MD - Family Medicine Residency of Idaho Geriatric Fellowship
Amna Shabbir, MD - Duke University School of Medicine
Hoda Shabpiray, MD - University of Toledo Medical Center
Anand Shah, MD - Rutgers Health RWJMS at CentraState
Mark Shehata, MD, MBA - University at Rochester
Marie Cris Tamesis, MD - University of Pittsburgh, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Courtney Uhlar, MD - University of Michigan
Rebecca Waksmunski, DNP, CRNP - Genesis Physician Services
Saida Yassin, MD - Hennepin Healthcare
Emily Zagorski, DO - University of Maryland School of Medicine
Elizabeth Zavala, MD - Rush University Medical Center
Lisa Zywot, MD - Morristown Medical Center

Become A Futures Friend

Many of the Futures participants are attending their first professional conference in Tampa. To maximize their opportunities while at PALTC23, we are looking for experienced practitioners to answer questions and share their experiences with a Futures participant. You will be paired with a Futures participant before you arrive at PALTC23 so you can make arrangements to meet during the conference to offer guidance and networking opportunities. Additional information and suggestions will be sent to you as we get closer to PALTC23.



The Foundation for Post-Acute & Long-Term Care Medicine is proud to provide the funding to support the Futures Program.



Cari Levy

Cari Levy, MD, PhD, CMD
Futures Class 2002
Former AMDA President

I heard about a conference in San Diego when I was a fellow. I honestly did not know much about what AMDA did, but San Diego sounded lovely, so I applied for some program named “Futures” to facilitate offset my costs, and I’ve never looked back! It was transformative because once there, I felt I’d found my professional home and was intrigued by the prospect of focusing my career on long-term care. I met colleagues from Colorado and Pam Tyrrel, a local medical director, was gracious enough to bring me on as her assistant medical director during my second year of fellowship. The day after I finished my fellowship, I started as the medical director of a struggling building, and the fun began! Fortunately, I always had AMDA colleagues and resources to help guide me through those challenging waters. A few years later, Cheryl Phillips asked if I would help with the Futures Program, and I’ve treasured the inspiration they infuse into the meeting year after year. Then, when Heidi White began co-chairing Futures, and I had an opportunity to learn from her, it really could not get any better. I’m grateful that at every step along my career path, AMDA has been there to help me professionally and personally. Wonderful to know that all of this nurturing started with Futures!

Cara Wallace

Cara Wallace, PhD, LMSW, APHSW-C
Futures Class of 2016

I was thrilled to be a part of the program. I was the only social worker in the group, but I remember feeling welcomed by everyone! It was also my first time at the PALTC conference, and being a part of FUTURES helped me to feel connected in what otherwise would have been a very overwhelming experience. I am happy to report that I was awarded my first NIH grant as PI, an R21 entitled The Impact of Live Discharge from Hospice on Patients and Caregivers.

Suzanne Gillespie

Suzanne Gillespie, MD, RD, CMD
Futures Class of 2005
2022 AMDA President

For me, participating in the Futures Program was life-changing. It gave me a vision for what a career in PALTC medicine could be and provided me with a community that has helped me realize that vision.

Milta Little

Milta Little, DO, CMD
Futures Class of 2010
2022 AMDA President-Elect

I think for many people, this journey towards PALTC leadership begins at the Futures Program, so I will always be a strong advocate of the program.

Cari Levy

Jamyl Walker, MSN, APRN, AGNP-C
Futures Class of 2016

My experience as a Futures participant encouraged me to redirect my practice in geriatrics and focus my effort towards achieving better: better outcomes for my patients, better practice surrounding inclusive healthcare in my community, and maintaining better self-care to continue advocacy and awareness regarding aging.

The Foundation for Post-Acute & Long-Term Care Medicine is proud to provide the funding to support the Futures Program.