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 is an integral part of palliative care and hospice. Physicians of all specialties are poorly trained to attend dying patients. In this elective rotation, fellows have an opportunity to manage end-of-life patients on inpatient wards, outpatient clinics and home hospice. Psychiatric issues include depression, anxiety, cognitive impairment, terminal agitation, and counseling of both patients and their families. The elective offers more in depth work in medical management of pain and symptom control than during the rehabilitation core rotation.

Fellows

  • acquire additional skills in managing and working with interdisciplinary teams
  • become familiar with novel routes of drug administration
  • gain a better understanding of the roles of social workers, nurses and clergy in the care of the terminally ill.

They continue to develop their ability to deliver “bad news” and to teach others to cope with this difficult task.

Current clinical case discussions include exploration of the ethics of end of life care.

Faculty includes: Cynthia Geppert, M.D.; Judith Kitzes, M.D.; Lisa Marr, M.D.; Devon Neale, M.D.; April Volk, M.D.