Geriatric Psychiatry

Based at the Veterans' Administration facility in nearby Lebanon, and at Conestoga View Retirement Home in Lancaster through Philhaven Behavioral Health Services or at the Northeast Drive outpatient clinic, this outpatient rotation experience exposes the residents to the full range of psychiatric disorders seen in the elderly, including Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, mood disorders (particularly depression), anxiety disorders, and psychotic disorders.

In this rotation residents develop skills in the assessment of psychological, social or medical factors that may contribute to maladaptive behavior in the elderly. Neuropsychological testing, laboratory tests, and radiologic studies supplement psychiatric evaluations.  When appropriate, specialists in Medical Gerontology, Neurology, or other medical disciplines are consulted.