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Didactic Curriculum

Geriatric Psychiatry and Medicine Fellows Seminar

This weekly seminar is run jointly by the faculty in Geriatric Psychiatry and Medicine, and is designed to give fellows from both disciplines thorough grounding in the essential topics in geriatric psychiatry and medicine. The seminars include a review of the relevant literature and give the fellows the opportunity to consolidate knowledge about the fundamentals of geriatric medicine and psychiatry. The fellows foster their own scholarship and develop skills for the critical analysis of the research literature around a pertinent topic. At the end of the academic year, each Fellow presents an evidence-based lecture on the topic of her or his choice. Participants also include psychiatry residents, medical students, PharmD students, APRNs, and neuropsychology interns.

Geropsychiatry and Geriatric Medicine Didactic Schedule
  • Geriatric Assessment
  • Normal Aging
  • Geropharmacology
  • Mild Neurocognitive Disorder
  • Alzheimer’s Dementia
  • Non-AD Dementias
  • Pharmacological Management of Behavioral Issues in Dementia
  • Non-Pharmacologic Interventions for Behavioral Issues in Dementia
  • Delirium
  • Risk of Atypicals in the Elderly
  • Neuropsychological Testing
  • Caregiver Burden
  • Gait Evaluation
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Home Safety Evaluation
  • Cross Cultural Training
  • Driving Assessment
  • Depression
  • ECT
  • Decisional Capacity
  • Ethics – End of life
  • PTSD
  • Substance Abuse
  • Palliative Care
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Telehealth
  • Sexuality in the Elderly
  • Neuroimaging in Cognitive Disorders
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • Selected topics, chosen and presented by the Geropsychiatry/Geromedicine Fellows
Special Seminar Topics
  • Medicare Reform: Policy and Politics
  • Healthcare Advocacy
  • Quality Improvement
  • Financial Planning
  • Mindfulness
  • Teaching Medical Students and Residents

Geriatric Psychiatry Fellows Case Conference

This conference provides fellows the opportunity to delve more deeply into challenging clinical cases supervised by a Geriatric Psychiatrist and a senior clinical faculty member from the community.

Yale-Alzheimer's Disease Research Unit (ADRU) Seminar Series

ADRU faculty provide a didactic session for fellows and trainees from multiple disciplines to enhance their understanding of the neurobiology of cognitive disorders and to review current research in the field.

Yale-Alzheimer's Disease Research Unit (ADRU) Seminar Series
  • Neurological Examination
  • Alzheimer’s Disease: Pharmacological Treatment: Present and Future
  • Memory & Amnestic Disorders
  • Neurobiology of Higher Cognitive Function
  • Cognitive Mental Status Examination
  • Alzheimer’s Disease: Risk Factors, Pathophysiology, Clinical Features, and Diagnosis
  • Frontotemporal Dementia
  • Lewy Body Dementia
  • Vascular Dementia
  • Mild Neurocognitive Disorder (MCI)
  • Alcohol Related Cognitive Disorders
  • Normal Aging (Brain Function and Structure in Healthy Aging)
  • Neuropathology Session
  • Neuroimaging of Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging

Scholarly Project

All fellows participate in a scholarly project during their fellowship year. The nature of these projects ranges based on the interest of each fellow. The faculty serve as mentors and assist fellows in the development of a project. Some recent projects include the creation of online educational modules for second year residents on salient Geriatric Psychiatry topics, a manuscript on the treatment of Geriatric patients in the mental health-primary care setting, and a quality improvement project aimed at developing an algorithm for transferring patient's from the Geriatric Psychiatry speciality clinic back to primary care.

Journal Club

Fellows participate in monthly evidence based journal clubs run by geriatric psychiatry faculty members. Journal clubs review new scientific papers and landmark research in an evidenced based fashion. Faculty and Fellows lead the presentation and discussion.


Fellows participate in a six session Neuroimaging course at the ADRU with an emphasis on learning structural neuroanatomy in order to facilitate the interpretation of MRI and PET scans. Fellows also provide relevant clinical cases to encourage collaborative learning in the context of clinical care.