Certification of Added Qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Certification of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Geriatric Psychiatry, candidates must meet the criteria below:

  • Hold AOBNP certification in general psychiatry that is active and in good standing
  • Successfully complete a one (1) or two (2) year AOA-approved geriatric psychiatry fellowship program
  • Successfully sit for and pass all sections of the written certification examination.  The examination intends to measure the knowledge, skills, and judgment of osteopathic psychiatrists who have been properly trained and are experienced geriatric psychiatrists. Physicians in this specialty have expertise in managing patients in a variety of clinical settings including ambulatory, inpatient, assisted living, and long- term care. They likewise have specialized training in the unique interplay of aging physiology and pharmacology with advanced level skills in the diagnosis and management of aging-related mental health problems including dementias, late life depression, late life schizophrenia, delirium, and the sequela of iatrogenesis. 

Clinical Practice Pathway (through December 2013)

The availability of an alternate practice pathway is available to candidates fulfilling the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of a one (1) year AOA rotating internship.
  1. Successful completion of a three (3) year AOA-approved psychiatry residency program.
  1. Documentation of a minimum of five (5) years of clinical practice, performing geriatric psychiatry at least 40% of their clinical time
  2. Successful completion of thirty (30) hours of clinical geriatric psychiatry CME instruction approved by the ACONP
  3. Successful completion of the certification examination outlined above