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Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

Welcome to Our Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program

The University of Rochester Medical Center is a nationally recognized center for excellence in geriatric psychiatry, along with allied fields including neurobiology and aging, gerontology and geriatric medicine.

Since 1983, we have offered fellowship training in geriatric psychiatry, during which we have developed a rich clinical and didactic curriculum and fostered an accomplished faculty. Our diverse faculty includes nine geriatric psychiatrists, physicians with clinical and research expertise in mental disorders of later life, and experts from a variety of related disciplines. Our one-year, post-residency fellowship program leads to eligibility for Certification in the Subspecialty of Geriatric Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. We offer two positions each year and training begins July 1st.

Our training venues and partnerships are ideal for helping fellows acquire the specialized knowledge and skills needed to provide primary and consultative mental health care to geriatric patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. During this advanced training year, fellows are provided with a broad body of knowledge, including an understanding of normal aging and disease models, biological and psychosocial aspects of normal and abnormal aging, the psychiatric impact of acute and chronic physical illnesses and the biological and psychosocial aspects of primary psychiatric disturbances beginning in or continuing into older age.

Fellows will also hone the leadership, interpersonal skills and professional attitudes required of a geriatric psychiatrist. We strive to provide superb mentorship to guide fellows toward greater independence and confidence. This supportive and collegial atmosphere extends beyond clinic walls into the greater Rochester community. Our city is a warm and culturally rich place for fellows to spend their year of subspecialty training.

Elizabeth J. Santos, M.D.

Elizabeth J. Santos, M.D.

Fellowship Program Director

Message from the Director

In this society, youth is often more highly valued than wisdom. We are taught to hide our wrinkles and lie about our age. We celebrate youth and hold our aging in contempt. I truly believe that there should be dignity for all people no matter what your age. We do not deserve less as we age. We should be honored and respected, and we must protect that ideal. Depression and anxiety are common, but they are not a normal or necessary part of aging. My subspecialty training in Geriatric Psychiatry gives me the privilege to work with exceptionally caring professionals in all arenas to care for our older adults. 

As the director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, it is my mission to train psychiatric colleagues in the art of caring for older adults with compassion and skill. I believe that as the population continues to age, other psychiatrists will also hear the call to serve our elders.

This website provides a wealth of information about our program. Should any questions arise as you explore it, please contact me at

Thank you for your interest in the University of Rochester.


Elizabeth J. Santos, M.D., M.P.H.
Director of Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program
University of Rochester Medical Center