Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (RRT), Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Akron, OH; Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University (RRT), Cleveland. Electronic address: [Email]
The population of older adults with mental health and substance use disorders in the United States is increasing at a significant rate. This growth creates a critical need for trained geriatric psychiatrists. Unfortunately, the number of psychiatrists choosing to receive subspecialty training in geriatric psychiatry has not kept pace with the growing needs of society. Many different methods for enhancing the recruitment of physicians interested in subspecialty training are being discussed nationally. One way to improve recruitment is to provide prospective residents a clear understanding of the process by which one may apply to and select a fellowship program. In this article, we discuss the process by which physicians interested in pursuing fellowship training in geriatric psychiatry can make an informed decision to apply to and choose programs that best fit their needs.