Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Penn Medicine offers a one-year geriatric psychiatry fellowship, designed to prepare trainees for careers as clinicians and clinician-educators. 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 to function as effective consultants in the subspecialty of geriatric psychiatry. To accomplish these goals, the fellowship entails: (1) supervised clinical training in an array of settings that includes interdisciplinary inpatient, outpatient, post-acute and long-term care, home care, telehealth and collaborative care programs; (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 professional. 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.
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