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Advocacy Committee Report - Dr. Dallas Seitz

03 Nov 2014 10:48 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

At the CAGP strategic planning retreat in February 2014, a new Advocacy Committee was established. Thanks to everyone who participated in the working group at the strategic planning day to identify some of the initial goals of this committee. The overall objectives for this committee are to advocate for the professional sustainability and growth of the practice of geriatric psychiatry in Canada. Some of the initial activities for the Advocacy Committee were to identify the status of geriatric psychiatry residency program applications and approvals in Canada to determine current training capacity and future capacity for training of geriatric psychiatrists. At the present time there are four accredited programs in geriatric psychiatry in Canada and several additional programs that have applications under review which is encouraging news. Another early goal of our advocacy committee was to advocate for an extension of the practice eligibility route to Royal College eligibility. Fortunately, soon after our strategic planning meeting the Royal College extended the deadline for unaccredited training to June 30, 2016, which will provide additional trainees with the opportunity to apply for Royal College subspecialty certification in geriatric psychiatry. The other major activity for the Advocacy Committee for this year was to examine human health resource planning for geriatric psychiatry in Canada. To this end I was able to participate in the Canadian Medical Association’s Specialist Forum meeting in August, 2014, to represent the CAGP. The CMA is developing a seniors’ strategy and will be examining the physician workforce for geriatric specialists within their seniors’ strategy. Dr. Frank Molnar from the CGS brought forth a motion to examine the workforce needs of geriatric physician specialists at the CMA general council meeting which was passed by council. I will continue to work with the CMA Specialist Forum and seniors’ strategy group over the next year on these important initiatives. If anyone is interested in participating in the CAGP Advocacy Committee we would welcome your input and please feel free to contact me at seitzd@provdicencare.ca if you would like to participate in any of the Advocacy Committee’s work.

Dallas Seitz

Vice President


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