Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

The one-year training program provides Geriatric Psychiatry fellows with opportunities to provide direct care and consultations for patients in a number of different clinical settings. Outpatient sites include the Mental Health Clinic and the Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) Clinics at the Madison VA Hospital (MVAH). They also gain experience in long-term care at the nearby Mendota Mental Health Institute and the Badger Prairie Health Care Center. The world-renowned Dane County Mental Health Center’s Mobile Outreach to Seniors Team is the training site for community-based geropsychiatric home care. GP fellows can also work on electives, ranging from basic science projects to subspecialty clinical work.

The objectives of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship include the development of proficient skills in assessing, diagnosing, and treating geropsychiatric problems; the building of a sound knowledge base, both theoretical and practical, on which to found those skills; and the cultivation of respectful, empathic, compassionate approaches to establishing therapeutic alliances with older patients. An emphasis is placed on an ecological approach to what are often complicated problems, due to the frequency of multiple comorbid conditions in late life. In addition to acquiring knowledge and skills in geriatric psychiatry, GP fellows are encouraged to teach and/or participate in research, in order to become resources for their medicine and psychiatry peers and other health professionals. This is done in recognition of the continuing shortage of expertise in geriatric psychiatry, and the need to disseminate knowledge and skill to those working in primary care settings.

For further information, contact , MD, Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program, Madison VA Hospital, 2500 Overlook Terrace, Madison WI 53705.