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  • 03 Nov 2014 9:44 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Dear Colleagues, 

    As I write this report, intense last-minute preparations are currently being made for this year’s National Review Course and Annual Scientific Meeting. This feeling of intensity has actually been quite consistent during this second year of my role as President. Since our last AGM, when our new bylaws were approved, the staff at Secretariat Central has taken over all operations of the CAGP, gracefully weathering the transition from TOCorp and well-supporting our major initiatives and strategic planning. At our September 2013 meeting, the board approved this transition, which has been quite successful. For this second year of my term, apart from supporting the transition of the staff, I have ensured that we make our privacy policy transparent, prompt advances in our fundraising and marketing strategies, board orientation, board training and board succession planning. We held a Strategic Planning Session in the winter, and have made plans to enhance and transform our major initiatives to maintain their relevance in an evolving landscape. 

    Volunteerism at the CAGP has boomed this year. Three non-board members assumed major volunteer leadership positions on behalf of the CAGP:

    o Dr. Andrea Iaboni is chairing a new Research Committee with the focus on fostering the development of geriatric psychiatry research in

    Canada . She will host the first in-person meeting of this committee at the 2014 ASM, and has already built an e-network of CAGP members engaged in research at www.researchgate.net.

    o  Dr. Andrew Wiens, who was Co-chair of the National Review Course for the first two years, has taken over my position as Chair and has assembled an excellent program. In addition to our returning faculty, we will be welcoming Drs. Maggie Gibson, George Heckman, Lesley Wiesenfeld, Sanjeev Sockalingham and Charles Reynolds III. Plans are underway, partnering with the Canadian Geriatrics Society (CGS), to host the 2015 event in

    Montreal in April (with the CGS Scientific Meeting, rather than in the fall with the CAGP Scientific Meeting). Many practising psychiatrists will have completed the Royal College Examination by this winter, and as such, the course will take on a focus of continuing education more than examination preparation.

    o  Dr. Tim Lau has chaired a subcommittee of the communications group focusing on developing e-resources for the CAGP website. We look forward to seeing an enhanced website in the 2014-5 year that will include helpful and up-to-date resources and references.

    In addition, numerous other members have supported the activities of the board. Dr. Marlene Smart, former long-standing board Treasurer, has continued to provide support to the Finance and Awards Committees. Dr. Cathy Shea, former Education Chair of the CAGP, has provided valuable support and guidance to the trainee strategy initiatives. Dr. Marie-France Rivard, CAGP past-President, represented the CAGP at the Canadian Psychiatric Association’s Advocacy Day on Parliament Hill this spring. The invited faculty members of the ASM, National Review Course and Online Study Group work countless hours with the most modest of honorarium to provide a detailed and helpful educational experience, and clinicians and scientists who have submitted symposia, workshops, papers and posters to our ASM have, in the spirit of volunteerism, agreed to strengthen our scientific program substantially.

    The major champions and volunteers of the CAGP, however, are our board members, and there are many accomplishments of this dedicated group to acknowledge in this annual report. I will select a few highlights, but it is important to know that the board members have been volunteering on various committees in addition to the monthly board meetings, with much work in-between. I was thrilled, furthermore, that the board accepted my encouragement for all board members to get involved with surveying the membership for the Strategic Planning Session and with sponsorship. Sincere gratitude goes to all.

    o Dr. Daniel Blumberger, in his first year on the board, assumed a major leadership position as Chair of the Annual Scientific Meeting. He has worked closely with the new executive director of the CCSMH, Bonnie Schroeder, to assemble what promises to be a highly successful program highlighting innovations in seniors’ mental health care. Keynotes and plenaries will include sessions from Drs. David Goldbloom, Eric Lenze and Joel Sadavoy. Dr. Blumberger will be exploring an accelerated academic- and sponsorship-planning timeline to begin implementing for our next ASM in 

    Vancouver on September 30, 2015.

    o Dr. Mark Bosma, also in his first full year on the board, has assumed the position of Chair of the Membership Committee, with the support of our other two new board members, Drs. Nancy Vasil and Maria Di Tomasso. The group was charged with actualizing the changes to member categories that were approved in the new bylaws, and this year has shown excellent membership growth, particularly in our trainees. Although Dr. Di Tomasso has stepped down from the board after her first year, she was very helpful in weighing in on strategic issues pertinent to the board, and has helped ensure continued

    Quebec representation after her departure. Best wishes for a successful year ahead, Maria.

    o  Our trainee strategy Committee, chaired by Dr. Marla Davidson with MIT Dr. Holly Dornan, has been extraordinarily active. Bursaries have been awarded, an enhanced educational, vocational and social program for trainees has been developed for the ASM, and geriatric psychiatry has taken a leading role in the National Geriatric Interest Group for Canadian medical students. Dr. Dornan will be leaving the board after serving two terms. She has been actively involved in both the trainee strategy and the board. Holly, best wishes on your transition to independent practice this coming year.

    o  Dr. Corrine Fischer will also be departing the board after a successful two years leading the Communications Committee. Regional updates, the new CAGP logo, and streamlining the processes for the e-newsletter and other communications have been the focus of her active work on the board, and she has kindly agreed to provide continuity on the communications portfolio after her board tenure. A fond farewell, Corinne, and many thanks.

    o  Dr. Barry Campbell has served a two-year term as board Treasurer, helping clarify issues pertaining to board governance and oversight, financial reporting and planning. He has kindly agreed to serve a third year as Treasurer with the goal of training the Treasurer Elect.

    o  Dr. Carol Ward has assumed an active role in two portfolios on the board this year. She has taken on the role of Secretary at the board meetings, ensuring that the meeting minutes are accurate and posted online, as well as for the second year, chairing our Awards Committee. You can see from her report that this committee has been actively looking at the terms of reference of the awards, and some changes are proposed for future years. She is also investigating the role of the CAGP in the ongoing “Choosing Wisely Campaign.”

    o  Dr. Soham Rej, MIT board member, paved the way for our Strategic Planning Session by creating a survey strategy in which board members approached members in their area to ascertain their wishes for the future of the CAGP. He has also supported the trainee strategy, and has conducted research into the facilitators and barriers of geriatric psychiatry career tracks for residents in Canada.

    o   Dr. Kiran Rabheru, our immediate past-President, has served as Nominations Chair and the Chair of the Partnership Committee. He attended the CAMIMH Champions of Mental Health Gala, which was generously paid for by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, in order to ensure a voice for geriatric psychiatry at this important event. 

    o   Dr. Dallas Seitz, CAGP Vice President, took a leadership role with the advocacy committee. He has represented the CAGP at the CMA forum and supported Dr. Frank Molnar of the CGS in raising a motion to address workforce-related issues in health care of the elderly. He also served as Co-chair of the Online Study Group for its second year, was faculty for two modules, will be faculty for two sessions at this month’s National Review Course, and has agreed to represent the CAGP at the 2015 Canadian Geriatrics Society meeting.

    o  Dr. David Conn, CAGP past-President, continues to serve in an ex-officio position on the board, providing both mentorship and a liaison to the activities of the Canadian Coalition of Seniors’ Mental Health, a group that is actively pursuing exciting new activities in the realm of knowledge translation.

    Our Strategic Planning Session in February identified two major new initiatives. An Advocacy Committee was struck to focus on the professional sustainability and growth of the practice of geriatric psychiatry in Canada, and a Partnership Committee was struck with the goal of advancing the political, research, professional development and financial interests of the CAGP through formal partnerships with key stakeholder organizations. More information about this session appears in the April 2014 e-newsletter available on our website. Preliminary work has begun on these initiatives, but work needs to be done first to ensure that funds are available. A major theme of the Strategic Planning Session this September will be on assessing revenue streams and fundraising/sponsorship for these critical new initiatives.

    Hearty congratulations go to our Geriatric Psychiatry Training Award recipient, Dr. Nadeesha Fernando, and the CAGP Resident awardees Dr. Majda Ines Souci and Dr. Paul Blackburn. I am deeply honored to have received the CAGP award for outstanding contributions in geriatric psychiatry. I am thrilled to be in the company of Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy who will receive the CAGP Regional Contributions in Geriatric Psychiatry Award this year as well.

    I have to thank the board members who have worked with me since I started with the CAGP, and in particular Dr. David Conn who encouraged me to join the board in 2006, Dr. Kiran Rabheru who helped me transition into the role of president, Drs. Melissa Andrew and Cathy Shea for persisting in creating a new subspecialty in Canada, Drs. Dallas Seitz and Andrew Wiens for providing the support and encouragement as Co-chairs of the National Review Course and Online Study Group. Thank you as well to my bosses, mentors, colleagues and residents at University of Toronto and Sunnybrook who have supported and encouraged me in this position, and of course to Steven, Ben, Rowan and Noah who have allowed me to be away at board meetings and conferences, and keep me smiling.

    Many thanks must be given to the sponsors of our CCSMH-CAGP Break sponsor: University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry, and our supporters Magstim and Caversham Book Sellers. Also, a sincere thank you to Maria Kardaris, Andrea Smith, Denise Craine, Laurel Honeyford and Dora Iskander – all of whom have worked hard to ensure a seamless-as-possible transition and a highly successful year.   

    Respectfully submitted,

    Mark Rapoport, MD, FRCPC
    CAGP President

  • 24 Sep 2014 9:00 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    October 24-25, 2014, Toronto, Ontario

    Biomarkers in Neuropsychiatric Disorders

    International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine

    Omni King Edward Hotel, Toronto ON

    office@cscc.ca

    To view the website and online registration, please click here. 

    To view complete conference details please click here: IFCC Specialized Conference_2014.pdf
  • 11 Aug 2014 4:34 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    The Research Committee is a new undertaking of the CAGP with the aims:

    1.      To foster the development of high quality, multidisciplinary research in geriatric mental health in Canada.
    2.      To support the research activities and research relationships of CAGP members.
    3.      To raise awareness of recent advances in geriatric psychiatry research through knowledge synthesis and dissemination.

    One of our first initiatives is to build a network of CAGP members engaged in research, using the social networking platform ResearchGate (www.researchgate.net).  We call on any CAGP members with an interest in joining this network or the committee to email andrea.iaboni@uhn.ca

    We will hold our first open meeting at the 2014 ASM.  All interested CAGP members are invited.

    Members of the Research Committee are:

    Andrea Iaboni

    Mark Rapoport

    Daniel Blumberger

    Aristotle Voineskos

    Soham Rej

    Maggie Gibson

    Ken Madden

    Join us now!

  • 08 Aug 2014 6:50 AM | CAGP (Administrator)
    Time/Date/Location​

    ​​​​Thursday October 9 and Friday October 10, 2014.

    Registration starts at 8:30 am and the course begins at 9:00 am. Finishing each day at 5:00 pm.

    1001 Queen Street, Training Room A and B, Toronto, Ontario, M6J 1H4​


    Read more...

  • 05 Aug 2014 4:28 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Click here to find out more about the Canadian Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine 2014 Annual Meeting on September 10, 2014 at the Hart House, Toronto.  EARLY REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO AUGUST 31, 2014.

    Read more....

  • 09 Jul 2014 10:34 AM | CAGP (Administrator)
    Canadian Geriatrics Journal has just published its latest issue here. We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and items of interest.

    Thanks for the continuing interest in our work. Ken Madden Phone 604-875-4931, Fax 604-875-5696 kmmadden@mail.ubc.ca

    Canadian Geriatrics Journal

    Vol 17, No 2 (2014)

    Table of Contents

    www.cgjonline.ca/index.php/cgj/issue/view/14

     

    Editorial

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    Special Issue on Fitness to Drive (37)

            Kenneth M. Madden

    Original Research

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    Geriatric Rehabilitation Patients’ Perceptions of Unit Dining Locations

    (38-44)

            Françoise Baptiste, Mary Egan, Claire-Jehanne Dubouloz-Wilner

     

    Increased Health Service Utilization Costs in the Year Prior to

    Institutionalization: Findings from the Canadian Study of Health and Aging

    (45-52)

            John A. Naslund, Agnes H. Sauter, Gloria Gutman, B. Lynn Beattie

     

    Geriatric Core Competencies for Family Medicine Curriculum and Enhanced

    Skills: Care of Elderly (53-62)

            Lesley Charles, Jean A.C. Triscott, Bonnie M. Dobbs, Rhianne McKay

     

    Comparison of the SIMARD MD to Clinical Impression in Assessing Fitness to Drive in Patients with Cognitive Impairment (63-69)

            Madelaine L. Wernham, Pamela G. Jarrett, Connie Stewart, Elizabeth MacDonald, Donna MacNeil, Cynthia Hobbs

     

    Not If, But When: Impact of a Driving and Dementia Awareness and Education Campaign for Primary Care Physicians (70-75)

            Paige Moorhouse, Laura M. Hamilton

     

    Clinical Practice Guidelines/Consensus Statements

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    Consensus Statements on the Assessment of Older Drivers (76-81)

            David B. Hogan, Charles T. Scialfa, Jeff K. Caird

     

    The Canadian Geriatrics Journal is a peer-reviewed research journal. CAGP members are invited to submit articles to the journal by emailing editor Ken Madden at kenneth.madden@ubc.ca.

  • 09 Jul 2014 10:27 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) – What’s New?

    IPA recently adopted a new strategic plan. IPA will be enhancing and expanding many of its current programs and services as well as introducing some new ones. Now more than ever, it is important for all of us to collaborate to improve the mental health of the elderly in Canada and around the world. IPA appreciates CAGP for our longstanding relationship as affiliates of one another. We hope that all of you will join IPA and participate - here are some highlights of what IPA is planning: 

    IPA is about providing a forum for education, networking and collaboration. Based on feedback from members and other professionals, IPA will offer even more opportunities for sharing knowledge in the future:

    • IPA Congresses – Starting in 2015, the IPA International Congress will be held each year (previously, it has been conducted every two years)

    • IPA Regional Meetings – Starting this year, IPA will resume offering meetings in different areas of the world. We will conduct two regional meetings each year

    • IPA Member Forums – Based on shared interests, regions of the world and professional disciplines, IPA provides the opportunity for interacting with colleagues – whether at an IPA meeting or anytime via the IPA website online communities

    • IPA Learning Portal – For those who want a shorter educational program or can’t travel to a meeting or congress, simply log on to the IPA website for 60-90 minutes online education programs
    • Research Forum – This program is new from IPA and will be introduced in 2015 in conjunction with the IPA Congress. As its name implies, it is a great opportunity to share research projects and funding ideas

    There are more programs and services – read more about IPA’s future plans by visiting our new website:
     www.ipa-online.org

    Save These Dates and Plan to Participate!
    Check the IPA website for updates: www.ipa-online.org

    • 2014 IPA Webinar: Quality of Life in Dementia
      • 10 September (broadcast and then archived)
      • Sube Banerjee (United Kingdom)
      • Barry Gurland (United States)
    • 2014 IPA Webinar: Positive Psychiatry of Aging
      • 8 October (broadcast and then archived)
      • Dilip Jeste (United States)
      • Helen Lavretsky (United States)
    • 2014 IPA International Meeting – Beijing, China
      • 23-26 October 2014
      • Staying Engaged – Practicing Learning throughout the Lifespan”
      • Early registration deadline: 1 September
      • www.ipa-beijing2014.com
    • 2014 IPA Webinar: Spotlight on Agitation – Update from the IPA Agitation Consensus Panel
      • 10 November (broadcast and then archived)
      • Henry Brodaty (Australia)
      • Jeff Cummings (United States)
      • Jacobo Mintzer (United States)
      • Mary Sano (United States)

    • 2014 IPA Regional Meeting – Brussels, Belgium
    • 2015 IPA International Congress – Berlin, Germany

    • 2015 Biennial Research Forum – NEW
      • 13-16 October 2015
    • 2014 IPA Regional Meeting – Brussels, Belgium
    • 2015 IPA International Congress – Berlin, Germany

    • 2015 Biennial Research Forum – NEW

     

  • 09 Jul 2014 10:17 AM | CAGP (Administrator)
    • The CAGP is pleased to offer complimentary memberships to medical students, residents and geriatric psychiatry subspecialty residents in the membership category Member-in-Training (MIT)

    • The CAGP will be exploring partnerships with the Canadian
      Geriatrics Society to support the National Geriatric Interest Group

    • Reduced registration rates to attend the Annual scientific meeting will be held jointly with the Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health (CCSMH) in Toronto, Ontario, from September 9-10, 2014, and will be themed Innovations in Seniors’ Mental Health Care: Insights from the Frontiers of Research and Service Delivery

    Bursaries

    • Four (4) $500 travel bursaries for trainees, including medical students and residents, to attend the joint CAGP and CCSMH conference September 9-10, 2014, in Toronto, Ontario

    • Two (2) $500 bursaries for senior residents and geriatric psychiatry subspecialty residents to attend the National Review course from September 7-8 in Toronto, Ontario

    • Bursaries will be awarded in a lottery fashion to attendees who have registered by August 15, 2014

    • Opportunities will be posted on the Facebook page

    Events and Networking Opportunities

    • CAGP Trainee Breakfast on Tuesday, September 9 at 7:30 am, which will include updates on the sub- specialization of geriatric psychiatry and training opportunities as well as an opportunity to meet Geriatric Psychiatry Program Directors from across Canada

    • CAGP Trainee social event will be held on the evening of
      Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at Donatello’s restaurant on Elm Street from 6:00-10:30 pm. It will provide an opportunity to meet and network with other trainees interested in geriatric psychiatry

    • An oral workshop will be presented to explore the results of the CAGP survey titled “Assessment of Residents’ Needs and Attitudes Towards Geriatric Psychiatry” followed by a panel discussion, including representation from the Canadian Geriatrics Society to brainstorm ideas of why trainees choose geriatric psychiatry and how to attract more trainees into the field of geriatrics to be held on September 9, 2014, from 3:45-5:15 pm

    Click here to view the latest NGIG Publication including an interview with
    our very own Dr. Marla Davidson.

    Follow the CAGP on Facebook as it will be used as a platform to communicate upcoming events and opportunities for MIT

  • 09 Jul 2014 10:15 AM | CAGP (Administrator)
    We are looking forward to an exciting and informative two days for the CAGP Annual Scientific meeting jointly held with the CCSMH. Our keynote and plenary speakers cover a wide range of topics related to geriatric mental health. Dr. David Goldbloom, Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada will be speaking on Seniors’ Mental Health: A Perspective from the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Dr. Eric Lenze, Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis, and leading expert in Late-Life Anxiety Disorders will give a very practical and instructive talk on Managing Anxiety in Older Adults: 8 Simple Rules. Dr. Mark Rapoport, President, Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry will give a stimulating and insightful talk entitled Lear’s Shadow: Contemporary Lessons on Differential Diagnosis in Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Joel Sadavoy, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Inaugural CAGP President, will be speaking on a very innovative approach to helping caregivers of patients with dementia entitled Training Caregivers of Patients with Dementia. We also have a wide range of symposia, workshops and paper presentations, which cover the spectrum of topics from innovative experimental medicine approaches to understanding late life mental disorders to creative psychotherapeutic for grief and late-life depression.

    Save the date for our upcoming conference on September 30, 2015, hosted in Vancouver, B.C.

    For more information and registration click here.

    Daniel M. Blumberger, MD, MSc, FRCPC

     

  • 09 Jul 2014 10:13 AM | CAGP (Administrator)
    Ninety people have already registered for the 3rd National Review Course in Geriatric Psychiatry. We are especially pleased that this course was awarded the 2014 CPA-COPCE award for “Most Outstanding Continuing Education Activity in Psychiatry in Canada.” Over the two days just before the CCSMH-CAGP Annual Scientific Meeting, 16 speakers will be covering major topics in geriatric psychiatry chosen based on a needs assessment of last year’s attendees and a survey of the full CAGP membership. So far, every year for the course has had some “favourite” repeats as well as new presentations: Day 1 will focus on diagnosis and treatment of delirium, dementia and depression, as well as assessment of capacity; Our international guest speaker will be Dr. Charles F. Reynolds III from the University of Pittsburgh discussing the topic of Sleep Disorders in the Elderly. Day two will feature morning sessions on antidepressants and antipsychotics, each with presentations geared to three different groups: psychiatrists/geriatricians, family physicians and allied-health professionals. The afternoon will include sessions on psychotherapy, changes with aging and sexuality.

    For more information and registration click here.

    Andrew Wiens, MD, FRCPC

     

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