School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Geriatric Psychiatry

Program Overview

A one-year fellowship program in Geriatric Psychiatry fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


  • Two ACGME accredited Geriatric Psychiatry fellowship positions are available commencing July 1st.
  • The WSU/Detroit Medical Center fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry offers a collaborative working environment with training experiences in Geriatric Psychiatry, Geriatric Medicine, Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Neuroimaging, including brain imaging with PET and SPECT.
  • This program provides comprehensive clinical training with rotations through inpatient, outpatient, ambulatory day care, nursing home, consultation-liaison, palliative care, and a hospice team; residents serve as consultants on an ethics consult team.
  • Residents have the opportunity to develop a research project in collaboration with the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University.

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 along the entire spectrum of Geriatric Psychiatry under the guidance of a well-trained and dedicated faculty.

Program Leadership
Residency Training Director Shuja Haque, M.D. has nearly 15 years 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 is a member of the teaching and training committee of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Haque chairs the Health Leadership Committee for Integrated Ethics at the VA Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan and has been on the teaching faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Wayne State University since 1992.

Suzanne Keller, Ph.D. directs the community psychiatry rotations and is coordinator of psychotherapy training. She is a fully licensed psychologist with a specialization in Geriatrics and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of psychological disorders in the elderly. Dr. Keller has been on the faculty at Wayne State University, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences since 1999, where she is a psychotherapy supervisor for the General Psychiatry residents and Psychology pre-doctoral interns. She serves on the General Psychiatry Residency Education and Psychology Education Committees in the Department of Psychiatry. She is a member of the Caregiver's College at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and gives grand rounds on the impact of caregiver stress in the elderly.

In addition 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 Neuropsychologist
  • Board-certified Physiatrists
  • Specialists in Pain Medicine and Palliative Care

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
  • Henry Ford Hospital Center for Senior Independence - a comprehensive PACE program that serves Medicaid seniors
  • Henry Ford Village - an Erickson Retirement community located in Dearborn, approximately 10 miles from the DMC
  • Imperial Nursing Home - an extended care facility serviced by the department of Geriatric Medicine at Wayne State University in Dearborn Heights
  • The Krieger Geriatric Center - an outpatient health clinic serving a mainly suburban elderly clientele
  • The Walther P. Reuther Psychiatric Hospital - a Michigan Department of Community Health operated hospital that serves as the major admitting and long-stay facility for community mental health recipients in Westland
  • 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 PACE facility (one half-day a week), where fellows work in close collaboration with a Geriatric Medicine multidisciplinary team
  • Nine month placement at a nursing home (one half-day a week)
  • Nine month placement at an assisted living facility (one half-day a week)
  • Year-round outpatient clinics at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, two half-days a week. One clinic is geared to new patient evaluations, and the other clinic focuses on follow-up appointments
  • Year-round one and two month part-time rotations in Geriatric Medicine, Geriatric Neurology, Neuropsychology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Palliative Medicine, Geriatric Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, substance abuse disorders in the elderly, and ECT
  • One month elective rotation in Neuroimaging at Wayne State University, Department of Psychiatry or rotation at the Walter Reuther Psychiatric Hospital with opportunities for experience with a long-stay chronically mentally ill elderly population

Didactic Curriculum
We provide a comprehensive didactic program which includes:

  • 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
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences
Phone: 313.576.3373

Program Coordinator
Michelle Trevithick
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences
Phone: 313.577.5283
Fax: 313.577.2233
Tolan Park Medical Building Suite 5-A
3901 Chrysler Service Drive
Detroit MI 48201