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Educational Activities/Teaching Conferences

Didactics / Conferences

Fellows attend regularly scheduled seminars and conferences throughout the academic year. Courses include a core lecture series that covers a wide variety of topics in gerontology and geriatrics, including normal and pathological aging, diagnoses and treatment, and financial and legal issues; psychopharmacology, pharmacotherapeutics, and ECT; Geriatric Medicine and Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Psychiatry Clinical Care Review, as well as monthly Geriatric Psychiatry Case Conference. Fellows also have access to Faculty Development Resources at the University of Rochester as well as a newly developed, Academic Core Curriculum for Fellowships. Additional electives are available in geriatric neurology, geriatric medicine, palliative care, public health and clinical research.

We support active participation in the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) and encourage fellows to present their work at the AAGP's annual meeting. Fellows who are selected to present at national meetings will receive a stipend to support their travel.

Scholarly Project

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. All proposals will be reviewed and discussed with the Program Director for approval, and then the fellow collaborates with the faculty mentor to complete their work. Examples of projects could include, but are not limited to: writing a book chapter or review article, completing secondary data analysis for poster presentation or data-driven paper, quality improvement project, educational project, grand rounds presentation or presentation at a national meeting.

Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program Committee

Fellows are members of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program Committee and have an integral role in shaping the fellowship based on their feedback of their educational experiences. All faculty teaching in the fellowship, along with the Department's Associate Chair for Education, also are members of the committee which meets twice a year.