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Geriatric Track Psychiatry Program

Program Director:
W. Maurice Redden, M.D.

Program Coordinator:
Pamela Whisenhunt
whisenpa@slu.edu
314-977-4828


  • Geriatric Psychiatry Track Program is created to train interested individuals in both General psychiatry and Geriatric psychiatry. Our purpose is to train future Geriatric Psychiatrists to fulfill the needs of the growing aging population.
  • This is a separate program with a different service rotations and obligations.
  • After completing the 4 years of general psychiatry training the candidates are expected to continue as a fifth year resident in the Geriatric psychiatry fellowship program at SLU.
  • The fifth year will be dedicated to geriatric psychiatry.
  • In the first four years the resident will fulfill the core requirements for the general adult psychiatry and will be eligible to the general psychiatry boards.
  • In addition program will introduce aspects of Geriatric psychiatry throughout the 4 years of training.
  • At the end of five years, candidates will be eligible for both General psychiatry and Geriatric psychiatry boards.
  • There are only 2 positions available annually in this track; consequently, we are seeking applicants who are sincere and dedicated to this type of training.
  • The Program welcomes US citizens, International Medical Graduates and holders of immigrant visas (green card holders). We can sponsor J1. We cannot sponsor H1B visas


Application Process:

Applications are accepted through the ERAS.

The Geriatric Psychiatry Track Program will participate in the National Resident Matching Program.  NRMP # 1365400C2

To apply the following need to be submitted. (see the criteria listed below for eligibility)

Completed application
Personal statement
Curriculum Vitae
USMLE Step I and II CK and CS results
Medical school transcript and Diploma/certificate
Dean’s Letter and 3 letters of recommendation
ECFMG Certificate if applicable
Recent photograph

Resident Recruitment/Selection/Eligibility:

The program recruits/selects from among eligible applicants on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities including motivation and integrity. Program will not discriminate with regard to gender, race, age, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status. The applicant selection process will follow the ACGME guidelines as well as our program guidelines.

USMLE Criteria:

Candidates must have successfully completed both USMLE steps I, II before they can be invited for interview

Medical School Criteria:

Applicants with one of the following qualifications are eligible for appointment to accredited residency programs:

1. Graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

2. Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

3. Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada who meet one of the following qualifications:

Currently have a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) or have a full unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction.

4. Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.

Our Program Criteria:

In addition to meeting the above criteria the program criteria are as follows.

  1. Commitment and sincere interest in Geriatric Psychiatry as a career path is required.
  2. Applicants with experience in direct clinical care or related medical research during the time or since their graduation will be given preference. e.g., individuals who have a neuroscience related graduate degree or training in the neurosciences or research in the field of geriatric psychiatry.
  3. Letters of recommendation: Dean's Letter and three letters of recommendation. Reference letters from preceptors in the field of psychiatry are a plus.
  4. A one-two page personal statement that is well written and provides information regarding the applicant’s interest in Geriatric Psychiatry.
  5. Three digit passing scores and not more than 3 attempts.  Preference will be given for someone who has USMLE step III as well. All three steps to be completed within a 7 year limit.
  6. Exceptions can be made for excellent eligible candidates with dedicated interest in geriatric psychiatry

Interview and Selection Process:

The Program director or a designee reviews the file of each applicant as soon as the residency office receives it. If the applicant has suitable qualifications, that individual is invited to come for a personal interview. The usual interview process requires a full day and includes individual interviews with three to four faculty members, a resident and a fellow and a tour of the medical center.

Candidates are selected on based on their past academic and research experience, related geriatric experience, performance in the personal interview. Ranking list will be submitted to NRMP