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The Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship curriculum gives you the skills, clinical judgment, and knowledge necessary to practice geriatric psychiatry and enable you to assume a leadership position in the field.

The clinical curriculum consists of supervised rotations in acute care, intermediate care, long-term care, outpatient settings, and consultative practice.

Rotation schedule

An example rotation schedule:

  • Geriatric psychiatry (30%)
  • Behavioral neurology (12%)
  • Movement disorders (8%)
5 months
  • Geriatric psychiatry inpatient (25%)
  • Geriatric consultation-liaison (25%)
4 months
  • Inpatient: Palliative care and hospice service, oncology service, brain rehabilitation unit
  • Outpatient: Electroconvulsive therapy, pain rehabilitation program, addiction psychiatry service
  • Research
3 months

All core and elective rotations are 50 percent effort to enable you to maintain continuity of care with outpatients (psychiatry and primary care) and long-term care patients throughout the year.

Core rotations include:

  • Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic
  • Geriatric Medicine Clinic
  • Long-Term Care
  • Behavioral Neurology Clinic
  • Movement Disorders Clinic
  • Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Service
  • Geriatric Consultation-Liaison Service

Didactic training

There is a weekly core didactic series with faculty. You participate in and learn to coordinate regular weekly geriatric psychiatry case conferences and journal clubs. In addition, you have close contact with the clinical psychiatry services. There also are opportunities to observe studies with patients and attend various psychiatry and psychology conferences.

Research training

To meet its ongoing commitment to provide cutting-edge patient care, the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Mayo Clinic is involved with multiple research projects on topics that include:

  • Psychogenomics
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Cognitive disorders
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • Other neuropsychiatric treatment
  • Sleep disorders
  • Nicotine dependence
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

During the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship, you conduct at least one research project, depending on your specific area of interest.

Find out more about psychiatry and psychology research at Mayo Clinic.