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Geriatric Psychiatry Residency Program Description

The University of Michigan Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship is a one year ACGME- accredited program that provides broad-based clinical experience in inpatient, outpatient and nursing home settings in an extraordinarily rich academic environment. The one year clinical fellowship prepares for certification in geriatric psychiatry. For applicants with a strong research interest destined for an academic career, a two-year research track fellowship is available. The research track provides the same clinical experience but has research opportunities available in basic, clinical and health services research.

The overall goal of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship is the provision of the highest quality subspecialty training in geropsychiatry to residency-trained psychiatrists, at the PGY-V and PGY-VI levels, in preparation for ABPN certification with Added Qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry and for a career as a subspecialist in this field. The major components of this experience are (1) development of expertise in the psychiatric care of the elderly patient in multiple settings, and (2) literature review and experience in teaching and in this field.

These goals are achieved through

  1. supervised clinical training, involving inpatients and outpatients, in both traditional psychiatric settings, as well as multidisciplinary settings, in collaboration with faculty from related disciplines;
  2. structured didactic sessions covering such topics as biological and psychosocial aspects of normal aging; assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders in the elderly; the neurology and neuropsychology of aging; interactions between medical and psychiatric illness in the elderly; and research design;
  3. experience in didactic and clinical teaching of medical students, residents and other health care professionals.

The University of Michigan Geriatric Psychiatry Division has 7 geriatric psychiatrists who are involved in the fellow’s education.  Training sites include the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System, the University of Michigan Hospitals, the University of Michigan Geriatrics Center, and Glacier Hills Retirement Community.  Educational opportunities also exist with the Michigan Alzheimers Disease Research Institute, Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the Ann Arbor VA, the University of Michigan Institute on Gerontology, and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.