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

Senior Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic

10% (1 half day) - 30% for 48 weeks

Known informally as the “Senior Clinic,” this 12-month rotation is designed to train fellows in the outpatient management of senior psychiatric patients. While here, they assess geriatric patients and continue with their own patients following discharge from acute geropsychiatry inpatient care.

Fellows become experts in cognitive screening as well as diagnosis and treatment of dementias. They also become adept at recognizing psychotropic medications contra-indicated in the elderly and how to transition these patients to a safer, but equally efficacious, medication regimen. All fellows evaluate one new patient and see an additional three to four for follow-up per clinic.

Diagnoses include:

  • major depression
  • bipolar disorder
  • schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
  • anxiety disorders
  • chemical dependency
  • dementia with behavioral disturbance
  • psychiatric disorders secondary to medical conditions.

 The clinic provides evaluations for more than 20 new patient visits every month. A variety of sources refer patients including primary care physicians, inpatient psychiatric units, and community residential facilities. Fellows work as consultants with the primary physicians or manage more complicated patients for longer periods of time. The clinic’s focus is a multi-disciplinary team approach incorporating nursing, case management, and neuropsychologists.

Additional outpatient experience may be obtained at the Santo Domingo Pueblo clinic and Indian Health Services sites in Albuquerque and rural New Mexico, and may also be obtained in other psychiatry specialty clinics.

Faculty includes: Chris Abbott, M.D.; William Apfeldorf M.D., Ph.D.; Howard Berger, M.D.; Aaron Brodsky, M.D.; Corbett Schimming, M.D.; Christina Trevino, M.D.