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Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

1-year ACGME-accredited fellowship
One position each year
Nationally recognized core faculty

Psychiatric care for the elderly poses a unique set of challenges for elderly with late onset psychiatric disorders, frail elderly, and those with a range of cognitive impairment. More than any other area, care must be streamlined, coherent and effectively coordinated with multiple disciplines, and requires an additional body of knowledge, interviewing and evaluative skills.

Two Institute of Medicine reports highlight the Geriatric Manpower Shortage and need for better training with this population. We anticipate a return of differentiall y higher salaries and fee schedules for Board Certified individuals in priority areas once health care reforms are finalized. At the University of Tennessee, there is a push to make significant enhancements in education and training in Geriatrics.

Eligibility Requirement

  • Must be eligible for an unrestricted medical license in TN
  • Must have successfully completed core requirements in an ACGME accredited General Adult Psychiatry Residency (Board Eligible)

Application Process

Application to the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship is made directly to the Section of Geriatric Psychiatry, not through ERAS.

  • Complete the Universal Application for Fellowship
  • Submit:
    • a curriculum vitae 
    • 3 letters of recommendation
      • one from the program director
      • additional letter of recommendation from a faculty member you have worked with.
      • any addition letter you feel is appropriate as a character reference
    • a personal statement
    • a copy of your current medical license (verifies primary degrees and education)

There is no deadline for applications. (Interviews and applications will be accepted until positions are filled – early decisions are possible)


An interview is required. Although we cannot reimburse you for travel, but can supply overnight lodging at a University residence, and will arrange dinner, and lunch meetings with residents or staff.

We can arrange for interviews to applicants based on the above, but before acceptance, you will be asked to supply primary verification of degrees, certificates of training, and licensures. Before starting, you must have an unrestricted Tennessee Medical License.

Program Description

  • Primary sites are the Memphis VA Medical Center, Lakeside Behavioral Health System, and University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
  • Group and Individual Supervision
  • Work with Dementia
  • ECT Experience
  • Inpatient and Consultation Experience
  • Psychotherapy Experiences
  • Long Term Care Experiences
  • Selective Committee Participation Quality Improvement Research
  • Teaching Medical Students and other Residents
  • Rural Telepsychiatry

Seminars and Conferences

  • About 4 hours of didactic education (seminars, lectures, online learning) per week
  • Seminars in gerontology, dementias, med-psych interface, systems of care, geriatric psychopharmacology
  • Geriatrics 03 Cognitive Aging and Dementia (monthly, 12 sessions)
  • Geriatric Case Conferences
  • University lectures
May 26, 2022