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Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

The Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at IU School of Medicine helps psychiatrists gain proficiency in providing inpatient and outpatient clinical care to seniors, including specialized training in the related areas of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related dementias, neuroimaging and cognitive aging.

In partnership with the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, the Department of Psychiatry offers a one-year fellowship program in geriatric psychiatry which encompasses an extensive range of clinical and academic experiences in late-life patient care. Fellows gain proficiency in providing inpatient and outpatient clinical care to seniors, including specialized training in the related areas of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, neuroimaging and aging.

Admission Requirements

Qualified candidates for the IU School of Medicine Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship are graduates of an ACGME-accredited general psychiatry training program who’ve passed the USMLE Step II. Successful completion of USMLE Step III is strongly encouraged. Applicants are required to submit a completed application packet no later than March 31.

Required materials include a completed Universal Application, Curriculum vitae, personal statement, official medical school transcript, copies of USMLE Step I, II and III score reports, ECFMG certificate (if applicable), copy of J-1 Visa (if applicable), copy of medical school diploma, training director letter, three additional letters of recommendation from attending supervisors, copy of state license, DEA and DPS certificates (if applicable).

Completed applications packets may be submitted by email to Linda Dye or sent by postal mail to Program Coordinator, Department of Psychiatry, IU School of Medicine, 355 W. 16th Street, Suite 2800, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

Curriculum

Rotations for this geriatric psychiatry fellowship include consultation liaison, a geriatric medicine clinic, outpatient dementia clinic and nursing homes. Fellows are expected to assume leadership roles clinically and be involved in geriatric administrative functions. Fellows may also participate in clinical home assessments with minority populations and have opportunity to gain additional experience in clinical research. Didactic lecture on both routine and complicated geriatric management, gerontology, psycho-geriatric research and psychotherapy are a part of the required curriculum. A rigorous schedule of didactics, designed to supplement the fellow’s base of psychiatric and medical knowledge, is also an essential part of this program. At the completion of this fellowship training, physicians are prepared for productive and fulfilling careers in clinical care, academic research, education and/or administration.