Residency Education and Fellowship Training

Residency Education

PGY-1’s rotate through a 1-month Geriatric Psychiatry rotation. During this rotation, PGY-1’s will work closely with NTAD faculty through weekly journal clubs and didactics, evaluating patients twice a week in the Clinic for Aging, Anxiety, and Mood Disorders, including observing neuropsychological, psychiatric, functional, and physical assessment procedures. The goal of these experiences is to broaden understanding and patient conceptualization of PGY-1’s, development an appreciation for the role that aging plays in the evaluation, assessment, and treatment of adults with late life neuropsychiatric disorders, and to facilitate involvement and interest in research on the intersection between age-related processes and psychiatric illness.

Research Fellowship Training

T-32 in LATE LIFE NEUROPSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS

By the year 2030, there will be 65 million Americans over the age of 65 representing 22% of the population. In the same time period, the number of Americans 85 and older will more than double. As the population ages the prevalence of late-life neuropsychiatric disorders will correspondingly increase. However, there is a shortage of clinical and basic researchers focused on psychiatric disorders in the elderly. The goal of this training program entitled, “Research Training in Late-life Neuropsychiatric Disorders,” is to develop career scientists with the knowledge base and expertise needed to conduct programmatic basic and/or clinical research in the neuropsychiatric disorders of late-life.  This postdoctoral fellowship program trains fellows (MD, MD/PhD, and PhD) for careers as independent researchers in Late-Life Neuropsychiatric Disorders through the use of a well-structured curriculum, mentorship possibilities from experts in psychiatry, psychology, neurology, geriatrics, and neuroscience, peer mentorship and guidance from the program’s leadership, and a wealth of resources accessible to trainees through the affiliated departments and programs at CUMC.

T-32 AFFECTIVE DISORDERS

The “Research Training in Mood and Anxiety Disorders: From Animal Models to Patients” program trains MDs, MD/PhDs, and PhDs for careers as independent researchers. During an intensive three-year program fellows learn to identify key research questions, formulate hypotheses, and design and execute experiments that test those hypotheses. Other skills required for a fellow to become an independent researcher include understanding the administration of a successful research enterprise, effective collaboration and writing grants. Comprehensive training in the Responsible Conduct of Research begins early in the fellowship. Of the 42 graduates from this program in the past 15 years, 76% are in research-intensive positions and 12% are in research-related positions.

 
Steven P. Roose MD
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
College of Physicians and Surgeons Columbia University
New York State Psychiatric Institute
Phone: 646-774-8661
E-mail: spr2@cumc.columbia.edu