Psychiatry and
Behavioral Sciences

Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program

Program Description

The goal of the VA/Stanford Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program is to train psychiatrists to assume leadership roles in clinical and academic geriatric psychiatry. Fellows develop clinical expertise in assessing and treating the wide range of psychiatric disorders in the elderly. Fellows also develop skills in scholarly activities and administration that are required of leaders in the clinical practice community and in academia.

Accreditation-The Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship is accredited by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Certifications-Trainees who successfully complete the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program are eligible to take the subspecialty certification examination in Geriatric Psychiatry offered by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN).


Clinical Rotations

Our one-year curriculum gives the fellows the opportunity to rotate on multiple services at Stanford Hospital and the Palo Alto VA Health Care System. Many of the current rotations (subject to change) include:

Fellows participate in dedicated case conferences and didactics, in addition to being integral parts of the varied multidisciplinary patient care teams.


Fellows attend Grand Rounds and formal didactic instruction weekly when they are excused from clinical duties. The didactic and clinical curricula provide fellows with a thorough and well-balanced presentation of the fundamentals and theories of geriatric psychiatry topics, clinical decision-making, and therapeutic modalities, as well as ethical, cultural, legal and systems-based understanding of mental health issues. Some typical topics (subject to change) include:

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Research Training

Fellows will be given the opportunity to participate in any number of new and ongoing clinical research studies. They are encouraged to develop their own pilot project and to present data at national meetings.

Sample Rotation Schedule

July - September Geriatric Inpatient Psychiatry (VA-PAD) 65%
Geriatric Psychiatry Rehabilitation Unit -GPRU (VA-PAD) 25%
Geriatric Outpatient Psychiatry (VA-PAD) 10%
October - December Extended Care/ Nursing Home (VA-MPD) 30%
Geriatric Psychiatry Rehabilitation Unit -GPRU (VA-PAD) 20%
Geriatric Outpatient Psychiatry (VA-MPD) 10%
Geriatric Medicine Outpatient Consultation (VA-PAD) 10%
Geriatric Psychiatry Consultation/Liaison (VA-PAD) 10%
Research/ Quality Improvement 20%
Jan - Feb (1/2) Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic (SHC) 10%
Geriatric Psychiatry Consultation Clinic (SHC) 10%
Research/ Quality Improvement 80%
Feb (1/2) Palliative Care (SHC) 90%
Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic (SHC) 10%
March Geriatric Inpatient Psychiatry (SHC) 90%
Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic (SHC) 10%
April - May Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic (SHC) 10%
Geriatric Psychiatry Consultation Clinic (SHC) 10%
Electroconvulsive Therapy - ECT (SHC) 50%
Research/ Quality Improvement 30%
June Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic (SHC) 10%
Geriatric Psychiatry Consultation Clinic (SHC) 10%
Sleep Medicine (SHC) 80%

Fellowship Training Program Application Process

We are accepting applications for the July 2015 start date.

Program Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Before entry into the program, applicants must complete or have completed an ACGME accredited psychiatry residency program that qualifies them to sit for the ABPN Psychiatry Board.
  2. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, or possess the appropriate documentation to allow them to legally train at the Stanford University Medical Center according to School of Medicine Department of Graduate Medical Education policy.
  3. Applications for training in the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program must include:
    • Completed application form
    • Copy of medical school diploma and/or transcripts
    • Documentation of post-graduate medical education completed elsewhere
    • Copies of state medical license(s), DEA certificate, board certifications, when applicable
    • Documentation of ECFMG certification, when applicable
    • Documentation of VISA status, for international applicants
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Personal Statement
    • Three professional letters of recommendation, one must be from the psychiatry training director documenting that the applicant meets the eligibility criterion (#1 above); and at least one from a Geriatric Psychiatry supervisor.
    • Documentation of successful passing scores on USMLE parts 1, 2, and 3.
  4. Applicants must be eligible for medical licensure in the State of California. Graduates of foreign medical schools should contact the Medical Board of California to ensure the requirements to obtain a license and practice medicine in this state have been met. You must obtain an 'Evaluation Status Letter' from the Medical Board of California, stating that your credentials are adequate to practice in this state and submit this letter with your application so your file may be reviewed.

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Jerome A. Yesavage, MD

Dr. Yesavage is a highly accomplished geriatric psychiatrist. He and his team of experienced clinicians have constructed a comprehensive training program in geriatric psychiatry. He is Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and directs the VA Mental Illness Research Educational and Clinical Center that is devoted to geriatric psychiatry. In his VA position, he has mobilized the extensive VA geriatric resources for the fellowship program. Complementary resources are provided at Stanford Hospital to provide a wide-ranging set of clinical experiences in diverse settings. Dr. Yesavage was one of the developers of the Geriatric Depression Scale and remains committed to treating mood disorders as principal investigator of a large-scale clinical trial of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in treatment resistant depression. 

Contact Us

Jerome A. Yesavage, MD – Geriatric Psychiatry Program Director

Romola L. Breckenridge – Administrative Program Coordinator
Ph: (650) 736-1743

Mailing address:

Jerome A. Yesavage, MD
c/o Romola L. Breckenridge
Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University School of Medicine
401 Quarry Road, Room 2208
Stanford, CA  94305-5723

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