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Geriatric Fellowship

Director: Adriana Hermida, M.D.

Address: Wesley Woods Health Center, 1841 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329

E-mail: ahermid@emory.edu

Coordinator: Amy Cromwell

Contact: acromwe@emory.edu or 404-728-6470

Level: PGY-5

Annual Stipend:  $59,660 (2013-2014)

Positions: 2

Accreditation: ACGME

The Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program is a one-year program. Training is conducted at the Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital and its affiliations, plus one month at the Atlanta VAMC.  Fellows receive direct supervision in medical, neurological and psychiatry evaluation and management of a varied geriatric population.

Our ACGME-accredited fellowship trains the physician to pass the geriatric psychiatry boards and become competent to enter a geriatric psychiatry practice without direct supervision. We adhere to all requirements stated in the ACGME program requirements for this specialty.

Our fellowship program is primarily located at the Wesley Woods Geriatric Center. The center was established in 1987 and is the first comprehensive outpatient and acute care facility in the United States to specialize exclusively in geriatrics.  More than 2,300 inpatients and 34,000 outpatients receive care at Wesley Woods each year.

Wesley Woods is located on a 64 acre campus with two nursing homes, an assisted/ independent living facility, outpatient medical offices, an Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC), sleep center, geriatric partial hospital program and neuroimaging facilities. Wesley Woods is approximately one mile north of Emory University Hospital and the main campus of Emory University on Clifton Road. 

Also, the fellow spends one month at the Atlanta VAMC, about 3 miles from the Wesley Woods campus. This rotation provides consult liaison experiences for nonpsychiatric services at the VAMC. These experiences include consultation to inpatient, outpatient, and emergency services.

Highlights of our fellowship include: 

  • One of the unique advantages of Wesley Woods Geriatric Center is that the medical staff is diverse and accessible, and you will get to know the medicine and neurology attendings and fellows over the course of the year.  This leads to a learning environment that is often informal but can provide a multimodal approach to the patient and their medical problems.  Perhaps one of the best conferences at Wesley Woods is the Multidisciplinary Case Conference that is held every month and includes a panel of attendings from each service and representatives from all the ancillary services. This type of learning experience is important in understanding geriatric patients with complex medical and psychiatric patients.
  • The one-year Geriatric Fellowship program includes a mini-ECT fellowship, at no cost for the fellow. The electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) service at Wesley Woods is one of the most active ECT services in the country, administering more than 200 ECT treatments a month and providing training for approximately 15 visiting physicians (who come here from all over the globe) a year.  Fellows can obtain a certificate of participation in ECT that can be used to obtain hospital privileges in ECT after graduation from the fellowship.
  • There are clinical experiences in the departments of geriatric medicine and neurology. These services have received national recognition for their work in the elderly. The fellow receives education about Sleep Disorders, Tourette’s, a variety of movement disorders, strokes, and more.
  • Emory offers outstanding research opportunities.  Emory has consistently been ranked in the top 20 medical schools for federal grant funding.  The geriatric psychiatry faculty also has private foundation/ pharmaceutical funding to study the pharmacological treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, TMS and DBS in depression, the relationship of depression and dementia, caregiver stress, suicide in the elderly and depression in community elders. 
  • The program has ongoing seminars covering specific reading assignments from three geriatric psychiatry textbooks covering areas of normal aging, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, diagnostic issues, management, treatment outcome, psychotherapy, cultural diversity, epidemiology, quality of life issues, death and dying issues, psychological testing in the elderly and medical ethics.

Our staff consists of 6 full time geriatric psychiatrists who are all certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and with the added qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry. In addition, we also have 3 gerontological nurse practitioners.

Applicants must complete an ACGME accredited psychiatry residency program before beginning the geriatric fellowship program (PGY-5) and should be qualified to obtain a Georgia State License. Detailed information about our program can be requested in writing or by emailing Amy Cromwell at acromwe@emory.edu.  Applicants are required to request 3 reference letters (one from their program director), curriculum vitae, and a copy of your medical school diploma.