Applicants for certification in geriatric psychiatry must be certified by the Board in general psychiatry by December 31 of the year prior to the examination administration. All applicants other than those initially admitted during the "grandfathering period" are required to submit documentation of successful completion of one year of ACGME-accredited fellowship training in geriatric psychiatry that did not begin before the time general residency training in psychiatry, including time spent in combined training programs, was completed. The exposure to geriatric psychiatry given to psychiatry residents as part of their basic psychiatry curriculum does not count toward the one year of training. All licensing and training requirements must be met by July 31 of the year of the examination.
The required one year of specialized training in geriatric psychiatry may be completed on a part-time basis as long as it is not less than half time; credit is not given for periods of training lasting less than one year except under special circumstances that must be approved by the ABPN Credentials Committee. In such cases, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide detailed documentation from the respective training directors including the exact dates (month/day/year to month/day/year) and outlining training content, duties, and responsibilities. Each case is considered on an individual basis.
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