Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

The UT Southwestern Department of Psychiatry provides a clinically oriented one-year ACGME accredited fellowship in geriatric psychiatry. The program has been existence since 1991. Upon successful completion of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program, you will be qualified to take the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology's examination for Certification in the Subspecialty of Geriatric Psychiatry. We provide this training to those who have successfully completed a four-year program in general adult psychiatry. Two positions are available.

Clinical Experience

We have multiple training sites with a diversity in patient populations across all continuums of care. Our association with a geriatric medicine clinic and a sleep medicine clinic have provided unique experiences for the fellows. As a fellow, you will gain experience in a variety of clinical settings, including:

Work in collaboration with the Division of Geriatric Medicine

  • Inpatient care
  • Outpatient care
  • Sleep medicine clinic
  • Consultation to non-psychiatric physicians
  • Nursing home consultation
  • Neuropsychology clinic
  • Evidence based psychotherapy

You will work in both public and private patient settings, such as nursing homes, Parkland Health & Hospital System and its outreach clinics, and the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center,

A particular strength of this program is the strong multidisciplinary team-based approach to caring for geriatric patients.   You will work closely with a variety of disciplines to provide a high level of care to geriatric patients. Our commitment to education and a broad variety of training experiences are also strengths of this program.

Academics/Education

Fellows are supervised by specialty trained faculty– all faculty members have completed a geriatric psychiatry fellowship and are full time devoted to the care of geriatric patients. Our geriatric psychiatry didactic series provides a broad, comprehensive and evidence based review of the essentials of geriatric psychiatry. Other educational experiences include monthly VA psychopharmacology conferences and VA psychiatry grand rounds. In addition, UT Southwestern hosts psychiatry and geriatric medicine grand rounds, which both occur weekly. Additionally, there are opportunities for you to present at many of these conferences.

Ample opportunity is available to build skills in education. Interdisciplinary teaching opportunities with UTSW psychiatry residents and medical students, pharmacy residents and interns, psychology interns and post docs, and a variety of other healthcare disciplines are available. Fellows oversee the clinical experience of residents and medical students at the VA and Parkland. Research experience is available for interested fellows. You will be part of the larger educational experience at UT Southwestern, a dynamic and growing first rank research medical center that trains approximately 1,000 post graduate residents and fellows in a wide variety of disciplines.

We are located in the Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) metropolitan area, which is the 4th largest metropolitan area in the United States. DFW is home to great cultural diversity and many indoor and outdoor recreational activities for a variety of interests. We are a family friendly program with low cost of living in DFW.