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Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to help fellows gain the necessary knowledge and skills to provide exemplary mental health care for older people in the context of their physical and social needs.

In addition to supervised clinical experiences and core didactics, there is ample opportunity to support and enhance each fellow’s individual learning goals. Our program offers the flexibility for fellows to “build their own track,” focusing on their own interests and career goals.

Sample Rotation Schedule

Consultation - 3 Months

  • URMC Consultation Service - 50%
  • OAS - 20%

  • MCH - 20%

  • Academic - 10%

Acute Inpatient - 3 Months

  • URMC Geriatric Psych Unit - 75%

  • OAS - 20%

  • Academic - 5%

Elective, Memory Care/Interdisciplinary Geriatrics/Community - 3 Months

  • Elective - 20%
  • Memory/IG/Community - 30%
  • OAS - 20%
  • MCH - 20%
  • Academic - 10%

Palliative Care - 2 Weeks

  • Palliative Care - 75%
  • OAS - 20%
  • Academic - 5%

Intermediate Inpatient - 2 Months

  • RPC - 50%
  • OAS - 20%
  • MCH - 20%
  • Academic - 10%

Elective - 2 Weeks

  • Elective - 50%
  • OAS - 20%
  • MCH - 20%
  • Academic - 10%

Location Key

  • URMC - University of Rochester Medical Center
  • OAS - Older Adults Services (outpatient)
  • MCH - Monroe Community Hospital (nursing home) 
  • IG - Interdisciplinary Geriatrics 
  • RPC - Rochester Psychiatric Center

Didactics

We offer an interdisciplinary geriatric fellowship lecture series that is co-attended by fellows from Geriatric Psychiatry, Medicine, Dentistry and Psychology. Our Geriatric Psychiatry Fellows also meet regularly with individual faculty for additional instruction to ensure deeper learning and mastery of material.

Electives

There is dedicated time during the fellowship to pursue personal interests via electives. Research and Scholarship is one example of an elective.

  • All fellows are required to complete a scholarly project by the end of their fellowship.
  • Fellows will be able to draw upon the various resources and expertise of the program's faculty to assist with completing the project.
  • Early in the fellowship, each fellow will be assigned a faculty mentor, who will be matched based on the fellow's expressed interests and faculty expertise.
  • Examples of projects may include, but are not limited to:
  • Writing a book chapter or review article
  • Completing secondary data analysis for poster presentation or data-driven paper
  • A quality improvement project
  • An educational project
  • Grand rounds presentation
  • Presentation at a national meeting