Ariel Cole, MD

About the Program

The AdventHealth Geriatric Medicine fellowship began with the first fellow in 1998 and remains fully accredited by the Accreditation Council of General Medical Education (ACGME). Upon completion, the fellows are qualified to take the Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) Examination in Geriatrics, which is given by both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Family Medicine. And fellowship director Dr Ariel Cole sits on the committee that writes and revises this exam.

 The geriatric fellowship program seeks to train Family Medicine or Internal Medicine physicians in all facets of clinical geriatrics over a period of 12 months. Both medical and non-medical aspects of elder care will be emphasized, including institutional, non-institutional, regulatory, economic, psycho-social, pharmacologic, rehabilitation, palliative and other associated areas. Learning will be patient-based in a variety of settings, stressing the multi-disciplinary team approach to the comprehensive care of the frail, elderly population, as well as didactic, scholarly and instructional activities.

Ariel Cole MD, FAAFP

Program Director


GME Dr Gui and Dr Cole

Program Goals

The goal of this program is to prepare graduates to obtain board certification in Geriatric Medicine, and provide excellent geriatric care as providers, educators, administrators or directors of elder care facilities. Graduates of the program are currently teaching at residency settings, administrators of major healthcare organizations, business owners with physician extenders providing care in nursing home and ALF settings, and community physicians. 

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Fellowship Experience

The overall experience includes in-patient, out-patient, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, independent retirement living, geriatric psychiatry, hospice care, home health agencies, rehabilitation, social services, community outreach, geriatric pharmacy and more. Fellows are under the supervision of four faculty members who are Board certified in Geriatrics. Fellows are also involved in teaching and working closely with Florida State College of Medicine medical and physician assistant students, FM and IM residents, and other fellows at AdventHealth. 

Program Duration

The program duration is 12 months beginning July 1 - June 30.

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Faculty of AdventHealth Medical Education

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  • Carmen Almanzar, MD

    Carmen Almanzar, MD

    Medical School

    • Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud - 2007


    • Mayaguez Medical Center
    • Family Medicine - 2020
  • Brianna Wynne, MD

    Brianna Wynne, MD

    Medical School

    • Medical College of Wisconsin - 2016


    • Community Memorial Hospital
    • Family Medicine Residency - 2020


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Kushagra Shrinath, MD- from UCF Internal Medicine Residency in Gainesville, FL

  • Joined faculty of Halifax Family Medicine Residency, Daytona Beach FL
  • Peter Weiss, MD- from Internal Medicine Residency Naval Hosp, San Diego, CA
    • Joined fellowship program faculty
  • Kathy Thompson, MD- from Family Medicine Residency in Columbus GA
    • Practicing geriatric medicine, Ft Meyers, FL
  • Annie Chau, MD- from Orlando Health Internal Medicine Residency, Orlando
    • Practicing geriatric medicine with her physician father, Orlando area
  • Jean Savio Estel, MD- from Manati Family Medicine residency in Puerto Rico
    • Practicing geriatric medicine, Orlando area
  • Maribel Colon-Vega, MD- from Manati Family Medicine residency in Puerto Rico
    • Practicing geriatric medicine, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
  • Nejda Lugo-Mandes, MD- from AdventHealth Internal Medicine residency, Orlando
    • Practicing geriatric medicine, Orlando area
  • Anam Tawwab, MD- from Baptist FM residency in Madisonville, KY
    • Practicing geriatric medicine with her physician husband, Orlando area
  • Ajoke Bamisile, MD, from FSU Internal medicine residency, Tallahassee
    • Practicine Geriatric medicine care, Orlando area
  • Henry Pinango, MD- from AdventHealth Internal Medicine residency, Orlando
    • Full spectrum primary care, Montana
  • Sabdi Jesse Perez-Torres, MD- from Manati Family Medicine residency in Puerto Rico
    • Practicing academic medicine, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Program Information

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  • Geriatrics Assessment Clinic / Fellows Personal Clinic: 3 Blocks
  • Hospice Care / Palliative Care
  • Psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Wound Care
  • Home Visit Practice
  • Nursing Home Rotations

The program duration is 12 months beginning July 1 through June 30.


Residents, fellows and faculty involved in required GME scholarly activities receive guidance from the Center for Collaborative Research (CCR) through the Clinical Academic Research team, comprised of an Academic Research Mentor, a Project Coordinator, and a Regulatory Coordinator. In addition, the center includes a group of biostatisticians, a health economist, and a medical editor.

CCR assists residents, fellows, and faculty with all types of scholarly activities (case studies, QI projects and research studies), from study design and protocol development, to data analysis and poster, presentation or manuscript preparation.


What You'll Need

  • Board certified/eligible in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine.
  • Possess or be eligible for DEA registration and Florida Medical Licensure, along with AdventHealth Orlando Medical Staff privileges. These licensures are required before the anticipated date of matriculation.
  • Be able to abide by the rules of the AdventHealth Orlando Family Medicine Residency Program and AdventHealth Orlando.
  • Evidence of aptitude and interest in geriatrics during residency training and/or practice with definite plans to include geriatric care in the practice of medicine upon the completion of the fellowship program.
  • Excellent academic and clinical performance in residency training defined on the basis of standardized examination scores and clinical evaluations.
  • Excellent leadership skills demonstrated in residency training or practice.

Sample Resident Agreement

Eligibility and Selection Policy


We’ll Take Care of You


  • Continuing education allowance of $1,500
  • 5 working days for CME
  • Call is at home by pager only (not responsible for hospital admissions)


PGY 4 - $60,257.60

PGY 5 - $62,316.80

PGY 6 - $65,416.00

PGY 7 - $68,494.40

Vacation/Personal Time:

Fellows receive four weeks vacation/personal time each year. Holidays are also off and include the following: Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Memorial Day.

Physician Wellbeing

For more information on the many benefits offered across all programs, click here.

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Application Process

Join Our Fellow Team

Deadline for receiving applications is October 16, and final decisions are made around December 1. After receipt of a complete application, applicants will be notified if a personal interview is required.

Interview dates will be scheduled in September (Tuesdays, 7 AM-3 PM)

Credentialing Information

AdventHealth Orlando Medical Staff Credentialing (Click on Bylaws and open document titled 2005-10 APMT & (REAPMT)

Credentialing must be completed before entering the fellowship program.

Medical Staff Office Credentialing

  • 601 E Rollins Orlando FL 32803
  • Tel #: Call407-303-1979

Florida Medical Licensure Application

  • Florida Department of Health
  • Florida Board of Medicine
  • 4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN #CO3
  • Tallahassee FL 32399-1753
  • Tel #: Call850-410-3359
  • Fax: Call850-488-9325

Drug Enforcement Administration

  • United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement
  • Administration
  • PO Box 28038-8083
  • Central Station Washington DC 20005
  • Tel #: Call202-307-7255