The Road Ahead in Education: Milestones for Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty Training

Sandra S. Swantek, Susan M. Maixner, Maria D. Llorente, Josepha A. Cheong, Laura Edgar, Christopher R. Thomas, Iqbal Ahmed

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Objective The Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Milestone Project is the next step in a series of changes revamping the system of graduate medical education. In 2013 the ACGME completed the general psychiatry milestones. The ACGME then pursued creation of milestones for accredited psychiatric subspecialty fellowships. This article documents the work of the geriatric psychiatry subspecialty milestones work group. It reports the history and rationale supporting the milestones, the milestone development process, and the implications for geriatric psychiatry fellowship training. Methods In consultation with the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the ACGME Psychiatry Residency Review Committee, the ACGME appointed a working group to create the geriatric psychiatry milestones using the general psychiatry milestones as a guide. Conclusion The geriatric psychiatry milestones are the result of an iterative process resulting in the definition of the characteristics vital to a fellowship-trained geriatric psychiatrist. It is premature to assess their effect on psychiatric training. The true impact of the milestones will be determined as each training director uses the milestones to re-evaluate their program curriculum and the educational and clinical learning environment. The ACGME is currently collecting the information about the milestone performance of residents and fellows to further refine and determine how the milestones can best be used to assist programs in improving training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)675-689
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016


  • education
  • fellowship
  • geriatric psychiatry training
  • milestones

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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