The Division of Aging and Geriatric Psychiatry trains medical students and residents in the departments of Psychiatry, Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Anesthesia (Pain Medicine Fellowship). We also sponsor individual medical students and residents on research electives. In addition, the Division is accredited by the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to train up to two fellows a year in Geriatric Psychiatry.
Fellows rotate through a wide range of didactic and clinical activities, at the ALMVAH, AFV and other local training sites. They encouraged to design and execute a research project. At the end of their training, they become eligible to sit for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology’s Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry.
Dr. Jeffrey Cordes, M.D., is our Fellowship Training Director. He serves as clinical supervisor to residents and fellows in the departments of Psychiatry, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and also to medical students. His primary clinical sites are within the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, including the GEM Memory Disorder Clinics and the Frank Tejeda VA Outpatient Mental Health Clinic. He also supervises trainees on the University Hospital Psychiatric Emergency Service.
Dr. Schillerstrom, M.D.,is also invested in medical student and psychiatry resident education. He is the course director for Human Behavior taught to every medical student in their first year of training. He is the psychiatry clerkship director for the Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. His responsibilities there include organizing all clinical psychiatry education activities offered to third year medical students and recruiting new clinical sites and faculty to lead these activities. Dr. Schillerstrom is the Associate Training Director for Psychiatry Resident Research. He coordinates unique research training opportunities for psychiatry residents committed to postgraduate academic careers. He has also developed an outpatient geriatric psychiatry teaching clinic committed to training psychiatry residents and geriatric psychiatry fellows in elder mental health care. He frequently mentors trainees in clinical research, and was voted Best Faculty Research Mentor by the UTHSCSA Department of Psychiatry residents in 2005 and 2006.
Dr. Royall, M.D., also supervises residents and geriatric fellows from a variety of disciplines, who rotate through the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital (ALMVAH) Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC). He frequently mentors trainees in clinical research, and was voted Best Faculty Research Mentor by the UTHSCSA Department of Psychiatry residents in 2003 and 2004.