Psychiatry–Geriatric

Educational experience

Our fellowship is a one-year, post-residency clinical track program offering two positions each year. The program offers excellent training in the comprehensive evaluation and management of older adults in inpatient, longitudinal outpatient, integrated care, and nursing home settings. Fellows rotate on a dedicated geriatric psychiatry inpatient unit and geriatric consultation liaison service. A robust and multifaceted didactic curriculum is presented by board-certified geriatric psychiatry faculty, as well as faculty from geriatric medicine, neurology, sleep medicine, and neuropsychology. Our fellows receive exemplary training in multidisciplinary clinical care settings.

Training sites 

Our fellows gain valuable experience in providing geriatric psychiatry consultation and treatment services across academic, public, private, and long-term care clinical settings. Training sites include:

  • Prisma Health Baptist Hospital: State-of-the-art medical center that provides a comprehensive continuum of mental health services for children, adults, and seniors. Geriatric psychiatry fellowship experiences include Geriatric Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT).
  • SC Department of Mental Health Bryan Psychiatric Hospital: State-funded inpatient psychiatric treatment facility. Clinical services are provided in inpatient geriatric psychiatry.
  • C.M. Tucker Nursing Care Center: Long term care center operated by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. Geriatric psychiatry fellow experiences includes consultative management and learning about nursing home administration
  • Wildewood Downs Retirement Center: Privately funded residential and long-term care facility providing geriatric psychiatry consultations.
  • Senior Primary Care Practice: Patient Centered Medical Home Geriatric Medicine Clinic where fellows gain clinical experience in providing geriatric psychiatry assessment and management services within a co-located/integrated primary care setting.
  • W.J.B. Dorn Veterans Administration Medical Center: Provides mental health services to veterans in South Carolina. Geriatric Psychiatry clinical experiences include geriatric consultation liaison evaluation and management.

Overview of rotations

  • Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient
  • Geriatric Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
  • Geriatric Psychiatry Fellows’ Clinic Outpatient Continuity Care
  • Elder Law
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Integrated Care Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Nursing home Administration
  • Nursing home consultation (public)
  • Nursing home consultation (private)
  • Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Protected Research time
  • Neurology Outpatient Clinic

Sample rotation schedule:

July–December
 
8 a.m.  
    to 
12 noon 
 
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
 
Geriatric Inpatient
(Prisma Health Baptist hospital) 
 
 
Geriatric Inpatient 
(Prisma Health Baptist hospital)
 
 
Geriatric Outpatient
(University Specialty Clinics)
 
 
Geriatric Inpatient
(Prisma Health Baptist hospital)
 
 
Geriatric Inpatient
(Prisma Health Baptist hospital)
 
 
12 –1 p.m.
     
4th – Meeting with Director/Asst. Director
 
   
 
 
 
1 p.m. 
    to
5 p.m.
 
 
Formal Supervision
(Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group clinics)
 
 
Nursing Home
(Community LTC)
 
 
 
Didactics
 
Nursing Home
(Private model)
 
 
Geriatric Consult Service
(Prisma Health Baptist hospital)
 
 
 January-June
 
8 a.m.    
   to
12 noon
 
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
 
Neurology Outpatient
(Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group clinics)
 
 
Electives
 
 
Geriatric Outpatient
(Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group clinics)
 
 
Research Experience
(Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group clinics)
 
 
Neurology Outpatient 
(Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group clinics)
 
 
12 –1 p.m.
 
     
4th –  Meeting with Director/Asst. Director
 
   
2nd & 4th – Grand Rounds
 
 
1 p.m.    
   to
5 p.m.
 
 
Formal Supervision
(Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group clinics)
 
 
Nursing Home
(Community LTC)
 
 
 
Didactics
 
Nursing Home
(Private model)
 
 
 
Hospice
(Prisma Health Baptist hospital)
 

Clinical teaching

  • Direct supervision and teaching by attending faculty on all rotations at all clinical sites
  • Weekly individual supervision

Didactics and conferences

  • Didactics: Wednesday PM
  • Interdisciplinary case conferences: Quarterly (includes geriatric psychiatry and geriatric medicine)
  • Geriatric Psychiatry Grand Rounds
  • Journal Club: Quarterly