Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

MSC 09 5030
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: 505-272-5002
Fax: 505-272-4639

Neurology

10% time for 24 - 48 weeks with either

  • Neuropsychology Service

   or

  • Memory Disorders Clinic

The Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center’s outpatient memory clinic and neuropsychology service serve as the primary settings for this rotation.

In the Neuropsychology Clinic, fellows follow four to six patients every month and present one case per month. The population generally consists of older adults with neurodegenerative disease, traumatic brain injury, and other neuropsychiatric disorders. Fellows learn the indications for referral for neuropsychological assessment including history of presenting illness and treatment, and labs pertinent to neuropsychological assessment. They also attend neuropsychology rounds. By the end of the rotation, fellows know how to administer and formulate psychiatric and neurological interpretations from the most frequent instruments used in neuropsychological assessment of these patients.

In the Memory Disorders Clinic, fellows follow three to five patients per month.  The population consists of veterans with age-related cognitive changes to mild cognitive impairment to dementia. Dementia patients include Alzheimer’s type, vascular dementia (micro-and macro-vascular), fronto-temporal dementia and other conditions. Fellows work with supervisors to provide formal assessments of memory disorders. These assessments include a standardized neuropsychological batter, focused neurological exam, and detailed history. By the end of the rotation, fellows know how to administer and formulate psychiatric and neurological interpretations from the most frequent instruments used in neuropsychological assessment of these patients.

Faculty includes: John Adair, M.D.; Joseph Sadek Ph.D.; Rex Swanda, Ph.D.; and Kathleen Haaland, Ph.D.;