Fellowship in Psychopharmacology for Long Term Care

Managing psychotropic prescribing and behavioral health challenges in LTC is an art, not a science. This is because there is limited evidence for this unique population and no curative treatments. Moreover, psychotropic medications come with big downsides and are scrutinized by regulators. But hope is not lost. With thoughtful and individualized prescribing, patients can and do benefit from 1) psychotropic medications, especially when combined with 2) non-pharmacologic interventions and a 3) supportive, knowledgeable facility culture. Physicians and Advanced Practice Clinicians who work in LTC have limited to no training in geriatric psychiatry, but find themselves responsible not only for psychiatric care, but also for complying with complex prescribing regulations. This fellowship is for you!

The program uses an apprentice model and will teach you how to advocate for this “3 legged stool,” giving you not only the skills to prescribe psychotropics confidently, but also a deeper knowledge of the behavior problems you encounter every day and a bigger toolkit to address them.

In a one-year longitudinal program using practical, case based trainings, Dr. Watson will model successful strategies for dealing with complex patients, families and interdisciplinary teams. This will take the form of face-to-face seminars, virtual co-management of a select panel of patients, and finally supervision of your independent practice with detailed feedback and guidance on decision-making. At the end of the program you will receive a Certificate of Completion, verifying added qualifications in psychiatry as a LTC provider.