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Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

Accepting applications for our ACGME-accredited Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for July 1.

Training for medical leadership

The goal of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is to prepare the psychiatrist to assume a leadership role in training other health care professionals in the essentials of diagnosis and management of psychiatric problems in the elderly and in treating older patients with complicated comorbid conditions.

Training in biological, psychological, and social systems are given equal importance and their integration is emphasized. Fellows become proficient in evaluating and managing patients with dementias, late-life major psychiatric disorders, and acute and chronic medical problems. Interaction with other disciplines including neurology, medicine, neuropsychology, nursing, and social work are an essential aspect of the training experience.

In addition, didactic training in normal aging, evaluation techniques, and research is provided; and a scholarly or clinical research project is strongly encouraged. Completion of the fellowship prepares the resident to sit for the examination for Added Qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry offered by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Teaching while learning

Teaching activities comprise approximately half of the fellow's time and includes:

  • Liaison with medical and surgical units
  • Supervision and teaching of residents and medical students
  • Formal and informal seminars for nursing home staff
  • Alternating case conference and journal club with general internal medicine
  • Supervision of multidisciplinary treatment teams during the New Hampshire Hospital rotation

Clinical Research Opportunities

Research opportunities include externally funded programs such as treatment effectiveness for depression in primary care, clinical drug trials for patients with Alzheimer's disease, neuroimaging, social support for the medically ill elderly, and health services research.

For additional information, please contact:

Heba Gad, MD
Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
1 Medical Center Drive, Dept. of Psychiatry 5D
Lebanon, NH 03756
Tel: (603) 650-4523; FAX: (603) 650-0819
Email: heba.gad@hitchcock.org

Or

Rebecca D. McGrath-Somers
Fellowship Program Coordinator, Geriatric Psychiatry
1 Medical Center Drive, Dept. of Psychiatry 5D
Lebanon, NH 03756
Tel: (603) 650-4523; FAX: (603) 650-0819
Email: rebecca.d.mcgrath-somers@hitchcock.org

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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