Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

We are now accepting applications for 2023-2024.  Interviews will be conducted by video-communication.

The mission of the University of Michigan Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program is to train leaders to transform aging by providing expert compassionate care for dementia and later life mental health. 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. 
Advantages of a Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship and Helpful Resources

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 Eisenberg Family 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 U-M House Officers Association, resident run collective bargaining organization.

How to apply

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.

Geriatric Podcasts and Lectures

Minding Memory podcast - Exploring Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and other Types of Dementia

Why Michigan?

Program Director

Susan Maixner, M.D.

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


Frederic C. Blow, Ph.D.

Director, U-M Addiction Center
Director, Substance Abuse Program
T-32 Program Director
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology
Senior Research Scientist, Center for Clinical Management Research, Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System

Donovan Maust, M.D.

Associate Professor
Associate Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Program
Research Scientist, Ann Arbor VA Center for Clinical Management Research

Kara Zivin, Ph.D.

Marcia A. Valenstein, M.D., Collegiate Professor of Psychiatry, U-M Medical School
Professor, Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health
Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research
Research Career Scientist, Center for Clinical Management Research, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System