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Geriatric Psychiatry

Graduates of the 12-month, ACGME-accredited program in geriatric psychiatry satisfy all requirements and are eligible to take the ABPN subspecialty certification examination. An optional second fellowship year is available for the candidate seeking additional training as a physician-scientist.

Our program produces specialists in the delivery of skilled and comprehensive psychiatric medical care of older adults suffering from psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders. Our clinical programs emphasize expert diagnosis, early intervention, continuity of care and access to new therapies and clinical research protocols.


The Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship is an ACGME-accredited training program for individuals who have successfully completed a four-year psychiatry residency program in the United States or Canada. At the current time, the complement for the fellowship is one position.


Applications for the academic year 2021-2022 are currently being accepted. 

Applicant to the program must complete a Northwestern University application, which can be accessed at the McGaw website. The application must include the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Photocopy of current state medical license
  • Photocopies of original USMLE examination results, or equivalent
  • Photocopy of ECFMG certificate, if applicable
  • Medical school transcript and MSPE letter (sent directly from the medical school)
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals in your specialty (one from current or previous program director); must be sent directly from the individuals to the program director or program coordinator
  • Photocopies of visa/citizenship papers, if applicable
  • Photocopy of NPI number


Geriatric residents participate in supervised, collaborative, interdisciplinary clinical and didactic experiences which provide training in the:

  • Development of diagnostic and assessment skills
  • Application of biopsychosocial concepts
  • Experience and knowledge of illness, prevention strategies and a wide range of treatment modalities, including neuromodulation
  • Treatment of a culturally diverse population of older adults with a wide range of psychopathology in a broad range of clinical settings
  • Psychological and social aspects of gerontology, including normal aging and the pathology of primary psychiatric disturbances beginning in or continuing into older age
  • Psychiatric impact of acute and chronic physical illnesses
  • Recognition of and negotiation of legal and ethical issues
  • Evidence-based clinical decision-making
  • Educational leadership


  • Inpatient geropsychiatry at the Stone Institute of Psychiatry
  • Outpatient geriatric psychiatry specialty clinic
  • Diagnostic evaluations
  • Pharmacological management
  • Individual and family psychotherapy
  • Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease
  • Palliative care
  • Consultation Liaison at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
  • Behavioral Neurology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

 Why Northwestern?

Housestaff training through McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University provides diverse and challenging clinical experiences and world-class education located in the heart of the beautiful city of Chicago. Learn more via the links to the McGaw website below.

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