School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Geriatric Psychiatry

Program Overview

This is a one-year fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry which is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Features

  • Two Geriatric Psychiatry fellowship positions are available beginning July 1st.
  • Our program prepares our fellows to become outstanding geriatric psychiatrists who enter hospital and/or private practices throughout the country. Some of our graduates have opted to continue their academic careers and have taken on leadership roles in geriatric psychiatry training programs in their institutions.
  • Our fellowship provides comprehensive clinical training with rotations through a variety of clinical settings and subspecialties serving the elderly population of a large urban center in the United States.
  • Fellows rotate through an acute inpatient service, an outpatient continuity clinic, a long-term care facility, consultation-liaison, and a Home-based primary care service.
  • Our fellows are encouraged to collaborate in ongoing research at the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University under supervision of qualified mentors.

Program Description
This fellowship offers excellent clinical, educational, and research opportunities and aims to produce geriatric psychiatrists who will become specialists in their field. With this goal in mind, fellows obtain training in the various domains of Geriatric Psychiatry under the guidance of well-trained and dedicated faculty.

Program Leadership
Fellowship Training Director Shuja Haque, M.D. has an extensive experience in academic and clinical psychiatry. He is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists of the United Kingdom and is Board certified in Geriatric Psychiatry by the ABPN. He has served as a member of the Teaching and Training committee of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and is an Examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Haque chairs the Ethics committee at the Detroit VA, and has been on the teaching faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Wayne State University since 1992.

 

Faculty
A multidisciplinary faculty consisting of clinical and pre-clinical researchers, clinicians, and educators provide hands-on supervision and include:

  • Board-certified Geriatric Psychiatrists
  • Board-certified Geriatricians
  • Board-certified Neurologists
  • Nationally recognized Gerontologists
  • Doctoral level Psychologists
  • Board-certified Neuropsychologists
  • Board-certified Physiatrists
  • Specialists in Pain Medicine and Palliative Care

Facilities
All the major clinical rotations are based at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and its affiliated institutions:

  • John D. Dingell VA Medical Center - a state of the art teaching hospital located in the heart of the DMC
  • Detroit Receiving Hospital - the major teaching site of the DMC and Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Harper University Hospital - houses the renowned Karmanos Cancer Institute and the Senior Memory Evaluation Center within the DMC
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan - one of the largest rehabilitation hospitals in the nation, located in the DMC
  • Boulevard Temple Nursing Home - an extended care facility serviced by the department of Geriatric Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit
  • The Institute of Gerontology - on the campus of Wayne State University is recognized as one of the top centers for gerontology research nationwide

Clinical Rotations

  • Three month inpatient rotation at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in 3 one-month blocks. Fellows spend 3 half-days on the inpatient unit as senior residents with supervisory and clinical responsibility akin to a junior attending for rotating general psychiatry residents
  • Nine month placement at a Long-term care facility (two half-days a week), where fellows work in close collaboration with a Geriatric Medicine multidisciplinary team
  • Nine month placement on a Home-based primary care team (one half-day a week)
  • Year-round outpatient continuity clinic at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, one half-day a week serving seniors.
  • Year-round part-time rotations in Geriatric Medicine, Geriatric Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Palliative Medicine, Geriatric Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, substance abuse disorders in the elderly, and ECT

Didactic Curriculum
Our didactic program provides a comprehensive and broad review of the essential elements of Geriatric Psychiatry and helps prepare our graduates for the subspecialty examination in Geriatric Psychiatry conducted by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology leading to Board Certification in Geriatric Psychiatry. Our syllabus includes the following lectures and seminars:

  • Introductory course in the normal and biological aspects of aging
  • Basic and advanced aspects of geriatric psychopharmacology
  • Assessment and treatment of mental disorders in the elderly
  • Introduction to psychotherapy in the elderly and its practical application in a life-stage context
  • Impact of psychiatric illness on care givers
  • Psychiatric aspects of grief and loss in the elderly
  • Elder abuse; legal and ethical issues in the elderly
  • Administrative aspects of psychiatric care in the elderly
  • Year-long continuing research seminar
  • Monthly journal club where fellows learn critical reading and appraisal of the current literature in geriatric psychiatry
  • Clinical case conferences that facilitate clinical discussion in a spirit of inquiry and scholarship and offer guidance to residents in diagnosis, management, and treatment issues in their patients.

Entrance Requirements

  • Successful completion of an ACGME accredited residency in General (Adult) Psychiatry
  • USMLE (or COMLEX) I, II and III
  • Eligible for permanent licensure in Michigan

Requests for an application and further information should be directed to the fellowship program director or the program coordinator.

Fellowship Program Director
Shuja Haque, M.D., MRCPsych, FAPA
Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences
Phone: 313.576.3373
E-mail: Shuja.Haque@med.va.gov

 

Program Coordinator
Michelle Trevithick
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences
Phone: 313.577.5283
Fax: 313.577.2233
E-mail: mtrevith@med.wayne.edu
Tolan Park Medical Building Suite 5-A
3901 Chrysler Service Drive
Detroit MI 48201