The Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education. The fellowship is primarily housed in the Michael E. DeBakey Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center (MEDVAMC), which is an affiliate institution. The MEDVAMC is one of the nation’s largest VA hospitals and a member institution of the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical center. Fellows will also rotate at the Harris Health System, which will widen their exposure to a diverse population.
Fellows will develop expertise in the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of geriatric disorders using systems-based care throughout the continuum of care and in a variety of clinical settings. Recovery-based care and principles will be emphasized in the training. The fellowship will offer rich experiences in interdisciplinary clinical care as well as clinical research within a network of faculty investigators affiliated with Baylor. Completion of the geriatric psychiatry fellowship will qualify fellows for the geriatric psychiatry subspecialty certification exam through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
The MEDVAMC has a dedicated inpatient geriatric psychiatry unit with a teaching service which is headed by Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali, M.D., who is board certified in geriatric psychiatry. Over the course of their training, fellows can expect to be supervised by physicians with subspecialty training in geriatric psychiatry, psychosomatic psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, forensic psychiatry, geriatric medicine, and palliative care in a wide range of clinical venues. Interdisciplinary collaboration is a critical aspect of geriatric practice; fellows will work closely with nurses, psychologists, and social workers with geriatric expertise in interdisciplinary teams.
As the proposed rotation schedule shows, the fellowship aims for fellows to have a well-rounded experience in an array of settings that will enhance their skills and knowledge in geriatric psychiatry. The variety has been coupled with several longitudinal rotations to ensure that fellows are comfortable with caring for a number of patients over the entirety of the year-long training.
These positions are paid by the Veterans Administration thereby making psychiatrists with J1 or other visas also eligible for participation in this one-year (PGY5-6) training program. Trainees must be graduates of an ACGME-accredited psychiatry residency program.