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

Geriatric psychiatry encompasses more general internal medicine than other psychiatric specialties. This elective provides opportunities to work with the Division of Geriatric medicine in inpatient, outpatient and home visit venues and offers experiences in both medical and psychiatric disciplines.

There are two million chronically homebound patients and many elderly adults prefer care in familiar surroundings. Although home-based care was once thought to be a relic, several factors such as advances in medical technology, funding structures and community need have created a viable, untapped practice opportunity. Per the American Academy of Home Care Physicians, the cost of homecare is significantly lower when compared to hospital visits, emergency room procedures, or ambulance transportation. In addition, care management systems including house calls have demonstrated the ability to reduce hospital and ER admissions and re-admissions, average lengths of stay, and to reduce nursing home admissions.

Home-based primary care encourages physicians to interact with patients, families and caregivers in their natural environment and develop a more comprehensive understanding of patients’ physical and psychosocial circumstances. Fellows work with the Division of Geriatric Medicine, Senior Clinic Home care, and home hospice. They learn management of patients in their homes, interdisciplinary team efficiency and home-based practice logistics.

Faculty includes: William Apfeldorf, M.D., Ph.D.; Carla Herman, M.D.; Donna Parker, M.D.; Sandra Qaseem, M.D.