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About the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program

ACGME Accredited

​The Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program at the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is a one-year, ACGME accredited PGY-V fellowship intended for psychiatrists who wish to pursue advanced training in the mental healthcare of older adults with psychiatric and neurodegenerative illnesses and the science and policy of aging in an interprofessional setting. The program also supports and encourages fellows in research and scholarly activity. Fellows are eligible for ABPN Board Certification in Geriatric Psychiatry upon graduation.

Our Focus

The Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program is a part of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry within the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego.

Under the direction of Ellen Lee, the division focuses on community-based research in middle-aged and elderly people with schizophrenia and other chronic psychotic disorders and successful aging.

Our Research

We are proud of our record of peer-reviewed publications, community outreach, federal and non-federal grants, a growing pool of junior and senior investigators working in this area, and unique and successful training programs. A number of our findings have had a significant impact on the clinical practice and research in the area of study. We believe that our division has become a national and international resource for studies in these areas. Our division provides a research infrastructure to promote investigations that improve real-world practice. Additionally, the San Diego VA Health System functions as an integral site for the Division and Fellowship Program, including research and clinical care within interprofessional programs.


Our clinically based program offers experiences in inpatient, outpatient, primary care, consultation-liaison, home care, and comprehensive geriatric assessment.

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Applications to the UCSD Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship are accepted beginning spring of the year prior to which admission is being sought.

How to Apply