Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship
The University of Pennsylvania offers three distinct geriatric psychiatry fellowship tracks, designed to prepare trainees for careers as clinicians, clinician-educators, or clinical researchers. Our goal is to train the next generation of leaders in geriatric psychiatry.
Our one-year ACGME-accredited clinical fellowship program trains psychiatrists to provide skilled and comprehensive care and function as effective consultants in the subspecialty of geriatric psychiatry. To accomplish these goals, the fellowship entails: (1) supervised clinical training in interdisciplinary inpatient, outpatient, long-term care and home care settings; (2) a didactic curriculum; (3) supervised participation in funded clinical research projects in mental health and aging; and (4) experience in teaching students and other health professionals. These elements of training emphasize scholarship and self-instruction; application of biopsychosocial concepts; a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to assessment and management; critical analysis of clinical problems; evidence-based clinical decision-making; and leadership in educating other health professionals. Our Geriatric Psychiatry Section has a longstanding collaborative relationship with the Division of Geriatric Medicine, and our geriatric psychiatry fellows benefit from working closely with geriatric medicine fellows and faculty. The one-year clinical fellowship leads to eligibility to take the ABPN subspecialty certification examination in geriatric psychiatry.
Applicants who plan to pursue academic careers as clinician-educators are encouraged to apply for our two-year fellowship program, supported by the Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The first year of this academic-clinician program provides the clinical training required for ABPN certification in geriatric psychiatry as described above, plus an interdisciplinary core didactic curriculum in aging in which geriatric psychiatry fellows participate in seminars and workshops with fellows in geriatric medicine and geriatric oral medicine. The second year of this program is dedicated to advanced training in educational methods and research, clinical or health services research, and/or administrative aspects of geriatric health care and education. The second year curriculum is customized for each trainee to develop the skills needed to meet his or her specific career goals, with an emphasis on building leadership skills. Tuition benefits enable fellows to take related coursework at Penn, including biostatics and epidemiology (Perelman School of Medicine) or health care economics (Wharton School of Business).
Individuals who choose to pursue academic careers as independent researchers may apply for a 2-3 year research fellowship, funded by the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH). The training opportunities within this program focus on mental health and aging, and span the breadth of intervention research, ranging from randomized clinical trials/efficacy studies through effectiveness studies to practice and services research. All fellows participate in the University's Patient Oriented Research Training core, and training in ethical conduct of research. MD's without prior formal research training participate in the masters degree program in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE).
All clinical fellows must have completed a four-year accredited residency in general psychiatry, and must be eligible for an unrestricted PA medical license. Research fellows may be physicians, or postdoctoral trainees in other disciplines, such as psychology or nursing. The one-year clinical fellowship is open to applicants on J-1 and H-1 visas. The HRSA- and NIMH-funded programs are U.S. Government sponsored fellowships, and are only open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
The University of Pennsylvania is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from women and minority candidates.
All applicants must have satisfactorily completed four years of an ACGME-accredited residency in general psychiatry prior to entering the program.
All applicants must be eligible for an unrestricted medical license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the time they enter the program.
With the application, please attach the following information:
- A completed application form (click here to download)
- A copy of your Curriculum Vitae
- A personal statement explaining your interest in geriatric psychiatry, summarizing your career objectives, and indicating how a fellowship will help you achieve those objectives (one page)
- Two current Letters of Recommendation
- Summative Evaluation from your Residency Training Director
- Dean’s Letter & Medical School Transcripts
- USMLE Scores (Steps 1, 2, & 3)
If you are an International medical graduate, we accept the J1 and H1B Visas and you will need your ECFMG Certification.
Please submit all materials to the address below. Faxed copies of application materials are acceptable.
Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program c/o Linda Ramos
University of Pennsylvania Health System
3535 Market Street – 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
For clinical and academic-clinician fellowship inquiries, contact:
Joel E. Streim, MD
For research fellowship inquiries, contact:
David W. Oslin, MD
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