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Welcome from Program Director

Elizabeth J. Santos, MD, MPH

Welcome to our website! As you know, our society’s need for geriatric psychiatrists is growing. The privilege of improving the lives of seniors suffering from debilitating yet treatable mental disorders, the satisfaction of helping older patients and their families, and the collaborative relationships that form with multi-disciplinary providers are some of the rewards of pursuing a career in geriatric psychiatry. Although our field is relatively small, as a whole we are benefiting from an explosion of knowledge and skills development across the biopsychosocial spectrum, literally spanning the continuum from molecular genetics to community and national / international systems, and everything in between.

So this is an exciting time for you to pursue training in our subspecialty. And the University of Rochester’s program is well connected to other leaders in our field, while continuing to make its own unique contributions in the quality of our geriatric educational programs, clinical work, and scholarly and research activities. We have offered subspecialty training in geriatric psychiatry for almost 30 years! Like many others in our program, I feel fortunate to have trained here, and to be able to work with the many dedicated, talented, and caring colleagues we have throughout our program.

I invite you to look over the materials provided in our web pages. Please feel free to ask me any questions that arise. Our program welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. I look forward to speaking with you and considering the possibility of your visiting us in Rochester to learn first-hand what we have to offer and how we can help you achieve your career goals and aspirations. Thank you for visiting our website, and I wish you well in this process.

Elizabeth J. Santos, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Program