Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Educational Scholarship


Fellows complete a quality improvement and an educational project. Development and execution of the projects are done under the close supervision of faculty with expertise in research and education. Fellows are encouraged to present their findings to faculty and at conferences.

List of Projects

Saima Aslam, MD (2013-2014):   

  • Instruction of Montreal Cognitive Assessment to inpatient nursing staff that included bedside administration demonstration and observation.  
  • Measurement of follow-up of community referrals provided by geriatric psychiatrists. Dr. Alam compared the rate of follow-up for community resources by caregivers between those provided informational flyers and those who were not. 

Aaron Short, MD (2015-2016):  

  • Presentation of seminars for neuropsychology case conference, PGY I residents (normal aging), and PGY II residents (polypharmacy)  
  • Protocol to minimize benzodiazepine prescriptions in older adults using the VHA Psychotropic Drug Safety Initiative

Melissa Sanchez, MD (2018-2019):   

  • Book chapter: Kraus-Schumann C, Sanchez M, Benson K, Asghar-Ali AA, “Psychotherapy and Cognitive Disorders” In Psychotherapy for Late Life Psychiatric Disorders (Editors: Rajesh Tampi, Brandon Yarns, Kristina Zdanys, Deena Tampi). Cambridge University Press. Cambridge University Press, 2020: 139-149.  
  • Instructed outpatient staff on appropriate measurement for orthostasis and collected pilot data that provided incidence of orthostasis in the geriatric mental health clinic. Conducted educational sessions for nurses and prescribers based on findings. 

Esi Bentsi-Barnes (2020-2021): 

  • Workshop training for clinicians on how to respond to discriminatory requests
  • Geriatric psychiatry PGY4 course for psychiatry board review  

Lindsay Page (2020-2021): 

  • Three-part training on dementia aimed at people who identify as LGBTQI+
  • Geriatric psychiatry PGY4 course for psychiatry board review   

Ashish Sarangi (2021-2022): 

  • Geriatric psychiatry curriculum for U of MO residents that spans three-years of training 
  • Behavioural interventions training in CLC to improve Veteran experience and reduce use of pharmacological agents

Alexandra Sibley (2021-2022): 

  • Case report on SIADH related to anti-depressant use
  • Re-initiation of STAR in CLC

Bose Ojo (2022-2023):  

  • ECT training materials for students observing ECT
  • Sleep group for Veterans in CLC

Venkatesh Sreream (2022-2023): 

  • ECT training materials for students observing ECT 
  • Sleep group for Veterans in CLC