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Program Overview - What Makes us Unique?

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. We have offered fellowship training in geriatric psychiatry since 1983, as part of a rich educational tradition in multidisciplinary clinical and academic activities.

The geriatric psychiatry fellow (i.e. PGY-5 resident) pursues supervised rotations in actue, intermediate care, consultation, long-term care, palliative care, outpatient, and community aging services settings. She or he gains expertise in the evaluation and care of older people suffering a wide variety of mental disorders in the context of comormid physical illnesses, families, living situations, and social support services. The clinical rotations and supervision, along with a structured-yet-flexible series of didactics, prepares the fellow for successful completion of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology's Examination for Added Qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry.

Additionally, for qualified individuals, there are options to extend training beyond the traditional one year program. For fellows interested in careers in clinical education, we have the interdisciplinary Geriatric Fellowship - Medicine, Psychiatry, and Dentistry sponsored by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and for fellows interested in careers in research, there are two Departmental T32 NRSA grants that can support full-time postdoctoral research training.

Our faculty includes 11 geriatric psychiatrists, many more physicians with extensive clinical and research expertise in mental disorders of later life, and experts from a wide variety of related disciplines. In addition to the Department of Psychiatry's Geriatric Psychiatry Program, other Departmental resources include the:


Outside of the Department, other specialty related resources include: The Department of Medicine's Geriatrics & Aging division and the Medical Center's Center on Healthy Aging; and several Department of Neurology Units including Geriatric Neurology, Movement Disorders, and Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology.