American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry | 2019

TWO ROADS DIVERGED IN A FELLOWSHIP: CHOOSING BETWEEN GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY AND CONSULTATION-LIAISON PSYCHIATRY: Session 410

 
 
 
 

Abstract


Abstract Recent trends in specialty training reveal decreased numbers of filled positions in geriatric psychiatry programs compared to fifteen years ago, contrasted with a sharp rise in the number of consultation-liaison fellows. The implications of these trends for geriatric psychiatry are critical, given the existing shortage of providers, coming demographic shifts, and the expected prevalence of psychiatric disorders among elderly Americans. The demand for physicians well-versed in treating older adults will only become increasingly relevant, yet as a specialty we have been unable to grow our number of geriatric psychiatrists to meet current and future needs. In this session, we will discuss potential explanations for this trend, including analysis of resident experiences in multiple training programs, comparisons of the training curriculum between geriatrics and C/L, and varieties of career options after graduation. We will propose innovations to improve recruitment strategies and hear directly from recently graduated and newly accepted fellows about their experiences.

Volume 27
Pages None
DOI 10.1016/J.JAGP.2019.01.197
Language English
Journal American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

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