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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Geriatric Fellowship Program

Geriatric Psychiatry Clinical Program and Curriculum

The Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program at SUNY Downstate is one of the oldest fellowship programs in the country, priding itself on theproduction of skilled clinicians, researchers, and educators. Founded in 1984, the program is based at State University of New York Health ScienceEducation Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and focuses on training culturally competent physicians to work with older adults in urban and public settings.The program emphasizes an interdisciplinary, person-centered approach to geriatrics with considerable interaction among the fellows across geriatric psychiatry and geriatric medicine fellowship programs.


The Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program's mission aligns with the stated mission of our sponsoring institution: SUNY Downstate MedicalCenter is dedicated to providing outstanding education of physicians, scientists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. Our mission is to carefor and improve the lives of our globally diverse communities, and to foster an environment that embraces cultural diversity. Our vision reflects ougoal to be nationally recognized for improving people’s lives by providing excellent education for healthcare professionals, advancing research inbiomedical science, health care and public health, while delivering the highest quality patient-centered care. Our value statement is P.R.I.D.E.,which describes our satisfaction in the work we do every day and to value our collective contributions to the Downstate community (Professionalism, Respect, Innovation, Diversity, Excellence).