This one-year, ACGME-certified program is designed to provide in-depth biopsychosocial knowledge and clinical experience necessary for a successful career in geriatric psychiatry.
The program capitalizes on its experienced faculty and its unique commitment to geriatric patients within a multicultural, community-based system of care. During the training year, Fellows divide their time in a variety of clinical settings including rotations with multidisciplinary staff in the Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Unit at the Whidden Hospital, Consultation/Liaison at Spaulding Cambridge, Geriatric Service Outpatient Clinic, the Elder Service Plan (ESP), nursing homes, rest homes, and home visitation programs. Faculty members include board-certified geriatric psychiatrists who are devoted to the provision of excellent supervision and teaching during all rotations. In addition, the program offers a comprehensive didactic series covering topics related to significant aspects of geriatric care.
At the completion of the training year, Fellows will exhibit proficiency in the clinical practice of geriatric psychiatry including the ability to anticipate ongoing changes in the provision of medical and psychiatric care. Primary training elements include:
- Evaluation and management of geriatric patients across the spectrum of care;
- Development of consultation-liaison skills;
- Development of leadership skills in the multidisciplinary delivery of mental health care;
- Management of a multiple array of therapies while working with comprehensive care teams;
- Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of geriatric patients representing of wide variety of diagnostic presentations, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds