Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco offers an ACGME accredited fellowship in geriatric psychiatry.  The fellowship provides training in all ACGME required experiences including inpatient, outpatient, consultation and nursing home settings. Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center are the major training sites. Special experiences will include a joint consultation clinic with geriatric medicine, and rotations at the following sites: the Memory Disorders clinic at the VA with Kristine Yaffe, M.D., the Memory and Aging Center in the department of neurology with Bruce Miller, M.D and Mary DeMay, M.D.., the Geriatric Assessment Clinic at LPPI with J. Craig Nelson, M.D. and Pat Arean, Ph.D., and the ECT service at UCSF with Stephen Hall, M.D., and Descartes Li, M.D.

The mission of the fellowship is to train outstanding geriatric psychiatry clinicians. We also encourage and support the development of clinicians interested in research and academic careers.  We are particularly interested in attracting applicants interested in working with older patients from a variety of socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.

Requirements

The applicant must have completed a general adult residency in psychiatry. At the time the applicant begins the fellowship, they must have a California medical license.  The applicant must either be a US citizen or hold an appropriate visa.

How to Apply

To apply for a geriatric psychiatry fellowship at UCSF, please send a cover letter telling us a little about yourself and your interest in geriatric psychiatry, a CV, and three letters of recommendation.  One of the letters should be from your general residency training director indicating that you are in good standing in your program and are scheduled to graduate next June.  In your cover letter please indicate if you currently hold a California Medical License and if you are not a US citizen, let us know your visa status.  After reviewing this information, we will arrange interviews.  A complete set of training documents will be requested prior to final acceptance.  Please send the requested materials to the contact information listed below.

Curriculum

The curriculum includes a joint seminar with the Geriatric Medicine and a seminar on selected topics in geriatric psychiatry.  Supervision is provided by program faculty which includes Craig Nelson, M.D., Director of Geriatric Psychiatry; Kristine Yaffe, M.D., Chief of Geriatric Psychiatry at the SFVAMC, Stephen Hall, MD, director of Acute Services at Langley Porter, and other faculty. Fellows will benefit from their interaction with the Geriatric Medicine Training Program, Behavioral Neurology, and the considerable resources of the UCSF medical center.

Contact

J. Craig Nelson, MD, Director
Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Department of Psychiatry
University of California, San Francisco
401 Parnassus Avenue, Box 0984-F
San Francisco, CA 94143-0984

415-476-7873 (main)
415-476-7405 (office)
415-476-7320 (fax)

Email: geriatric.psychiatry@lppi.ucsf.edu

Administrative Assistant:  Patricia Gallagher



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