Program Overview - Geriatric Fellowship

The OHSU Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship is a 12-month training experience that qualifies graduates for the ABPN Certification of Added Qualification in Geriatric Psychiatry. We provide a balanced experience in geriatric psychiatry, geriatric neurology, and geriatric medicine, as well as opportunities for the development of the Fellow's teaching skills. Supervisors include six geriatric psychiatrists, three neurologists, and one geriatric medicine specialist. Rotations are available in outpatient geriatric psychiatry clinic, long-term care, movement disorders clinic, dementia clinic (OHSU and VA), an inpatient geriatric psychiatry unit, geriatric medicine assessment clinic, Multnomah County Aging and Protective Services, electroconvulsive therapy clinic, and consultation to inpatient medical and surgical services. Electives are available in palliative care and older women's mental health. Settings include VA Portland Health Care System, OHSU, State of Oregon Mental Health Services, and Multnomah County Aging Services. 

The Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program was funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs in 1991 and is currently directed by David Mansoor, MD.

The program has received full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) since its inception. Several program graduates, who are staff geropsychiatrists at OHSU and Portland VAMC, participate as principal faculty in this Fellowship program.

The program has no required night or weekend call.

All members of the combined OHSU/VA Psychiatry faculty, and all graduates of the program to date, have ABPN subspecialty in geriatric psychiatry.

David Mansoor, MD (Program Director)

Vimal Aga, MD (geriatric psychiatry)

Kathy Chung, MD (movement disorder neurology)

Todd Eisenberg MD (consult-liaison psychiatry)

Eran Klein, MD (geriatric neurology)

Joel Mack, MD (geriatric psychiatry)

Lisa Miura, MD (geriatric medicine)

Aimee Pierce, MD (geriatric neurology)

Lisa Silbert, MD (geriatric neurology)

Kat Tacker, MD (geriatric psychiatry)

Christina Trevino, MD (geriatric psychiatry)

The geriatric psychiatry fellowship training program is rooted in the advancement of education, reflective and critical thinking, and personal growth.  There are several seminars and conferences embedded into the fellowship to support the professional development and scholarship of our fellows. Interdisciplinary training is at the core of the fellowship, and geriatric psychiatry fellows learn alongside fellows in other geriatric specialties. 

Fellows attend up to three hours per week of seminars and conferences. Because of Covid 19 infection precautions, all seminars are attended virtually via WebEx. 

Geriatric Psychiatry Core Seminar: This is a weekly seminar attended by fellows of all 3 OHSU and VA geriatric fellowship programs (psychiatry, medicine, neurology). Also in attendance are the PGY2 psychiatry resident and medical student rotating through geriatric psychiatry. The seminar is led by geriatric psychiatry and neurology attendings, and include didactic presentations, journal clubs, and case discussions.  The curriculum covers topics critical to mental health and aging. 

VA Fellows Seminar: This is a weekly seminar attended by fellows in geriatric psychiatry, addictions psychiatry, and consult-liaison psychiatry. The seminar is led by Dr Todd Eisenberg,  The focus is on advanced professional development, and examples of topics covered include quality improvement in medicine, contract negotiation, advanced mental status exam, practicing evidence-based medicine, and career search and negotiation. 

Other seminars and conferences are associated with specific rotations. The fellow can continue attend throughout the year even when on other rotations. These include the Palliative Care Fellowship weekly seminar, the OHSU Geriatric Medicine Fellowship weekly seminar,  the OHSU Dementia Review Conference, the OHSU Neuroradiology Review, and the OHSU Brain Aging and Dementia Study Group. 

Approximately one day per week is protected for scholarly work and preparation for conferences.