About Us

The Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education. The training occurs at the Michael E. DeBakey Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center (MEDVAMC) and the Baylor Psychiatry Clinic (BPC). 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. The BPC is the faculty and trainee clinic for the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

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 principles are emphasized in the training. The fellowship offers rich experiences in interdisciplinary clinical care as well as clinical research with a network of faculty investigators.

Over the course of their training, fellows are supervised by physicians with subspecialty training in geriatric psychiatry, consult liaison psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, geriatric medicine, and neuropsychology 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.

In addition to the large variety of rotation experiences, fellows have a year-long longitudinal outpatient clinic at BPC to ensure that they can competently care for older adults over a longitudinal period.

Fellows will be encouraged to, and supported with, completing a quality improvement and an educational project. 

Completion of the geriatric psychiatry fellowship qualifies fellows for the geriatric psychiatry subspecialty certification exam through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Psychiatrists with J1 or other visas are eligible for participation in this one-year (PGY5-6) training program. Trainees must be graduates of an ACGME-accredited psychiatry residency program.


Current Fellow

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Melissa L. Sanchez, M.D.

The Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship program is very excited to have Melissa Sanchez, M.D., as a fellow for academic year 2018-2019. Melissa is a “pure-blood” Baylor College of Medicine trainee who attended medical school and completed residency at Baylor. Melissa received her undergraduate degree from UT - Pan Am having grown up in South Texas. We are happy that she has adopted Houston as her home. Melissa has been passionate about geriatric care since before she started medical school. During her training she has twice received the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry's Geriatric Mental Health Fund Scholarship award.