Josette Rivera




Josette Rivera is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and a clinician educator in the Division of Geriatrics. She received her medical degree from the University of Rochester and residency training in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview. She then completed a three year clinical and research fellowship in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at Johns Hopkins. At the conclusion of fellowship, Dr. Rivera became a staff physician at On Lok Lifeways, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, which serves nursing home eligible seniors in the San Francisco area. She joined the Geriatrics faculty at UCSF in 2008.


Dr. Rivera provides primary and palliative care to homebound older adults through the UCSF Housecalls Program. This program serves approximately 140 patients throughout San Francisco, many of whom have not previously received primary medical care for years. Dr. Rivera teaches medical students, residents, and fellows how to do a home visit and related elements of geriatric care within this context, including assessment of functional status, care coordination, and establishing a patient's goals of care. Her goal is to ensure that trainees understand the unique needs of and resources for homebound older adults.

Academic Focus

Dr. Rivera’s educational focus is on interprofessional education in the context of caring for older adults. As a recipient of a five year Geriatric Academic Career Award, she aims to create interprofessional geriatrics curricula for students and practitioners. Dr. Rivera is the course director and faculty mentor for the Interprofessional Aging and Palliative Care elective and student interest group. She also established the American Geriatrics Society Special Interest Group in Interprofessional Education and Practice in Geriatrics.

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Interprofessional collaborative practice is key to safe, high quality, accessible, patient-centered care. This course aims to introduce health professions learners to the fundamental principles and skills for effective interprofessional collaborative practice.

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