Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

Our one-year fellowship program (PGY-5) provides a broad-based clinical experience in inpatient, outpatient, and nursing home settings, with unique multidisciplinary emphasis, in an extraordinarily rich academic environment.

There is a two-year fellowship program option (PGY-5 & 6) available to selected candidates and includes all clinical experience of the one-year program, plus a research training component (available in basic, clinical and health services research) designed to prepare the fellow for an academic career. The University of Michigan has an NIH-funded Geriatric Research and Training Center and Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, as well as the nation’s first comprehensive academic Depression Center. The VA Ann Arbor Health Care System has the Geriatric Research, Educational and Clinical Center (GRECC).

Eligible candidates (for either program option) must have:

  • Successfully completed a medical school that is approved by the The Medical Board of California.

  • Successfully completed an ACGME-accredited general residency psychiatry program or a general psychiatry program in Canada accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

  • Must be eligible for full medical licensure by the State of Michigan

  • Must have successfully passed USMLE Step III prior to entry into program.

  • Graduates of foreign medical programs must be permanent residents or eligible for a J-1 visa sponsored by ECFMG.

The University of Michigan offers an excellent salary and benefits package from the UM House Officers Association, resident run collective bargaining organization.

 

How to apply

Interested persons should submit the following to the Program Director or Coordinator as listed below:

  • Application Form - download

  • CV

  • Personal Statement

  • Mail 3-4 Letters of Recommendation with one being from your current or last residency program director

Susan M. Maixner, M.D.

Program Director

Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program

Email: smaixner@umich.edu

Program Coordinator: Chelsea N. Denniss, MHA

Address: Department of Psychiatry

Rachel Upjohn Building

4250 Plymouth Rd., SPC 5767

Ann Arbor, MI.  48109-2700

Phone: 734-232-0487

Fax: 734-232-0244

Email: cmatzing@umich.edu

Why Geriatric Psychiatry?

In geriatric psychiatry, there is no separation between mind and body. There is only a continuum. The patient’s biological, psychological and social issues are all considered when designing tailored clinical interventions. Geriatric psychiatry is among the most “medically-connected” psychiatry specialties. The geriatric psychiatrist never abandons their background in medicine. In addition to biological considerations, geriatric patients benefit by environmental interventions. Geriatric psychiatrists are trained to mobilize systems, including family and community resources to maximize their patient’s functional status.

There is a shortage of geriatric psychiatrists. On a national level, the Institute of Medicine published a report “The Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce for Older Adults: In Whose Hands?” This report calls for bold initiatives and reforms to recruit and retain geriatric specialists to prepare for the health needs of the aging baby boomers. This report signifies a major advance by publicizing the need for geriatric specialists.

 

Why Michigan?

 

Downloads

Program Director

Susan Maixner, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Program
Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

Faculty

Frederic C. Blow, Ph.D.

Professor
Director, Addiction Center
Director, Substance Abuse Program
Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology
Senior Research Scientist, Center for Clinical Management Research, Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System