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  • 02 Apr 2014 3:44 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    CAGP National Review Course 2014

    The CAGP will be offering for the third time an intensive two-day review course in Geriatric Psychiatry on Sunday, September 7th and Monday, September 8th in Toronto immediately before the CCSMH-CAGP 2014 Joint Scientific Meeting. The review course will be an excellent opportunity to cover a wide array of topics in geriatric psychiatry at an advanced level. Knowledge will be consolidated, and clinically-relevant literature updates will be presented. The course is suitable for geriatric psychiatrists, geriatricians, family physicians and allied-health professionals interested in learning more about a broad array of topics in geriatric psychiatry. 

    Over the course of two days, 16 speakers will be covering 13 major topics in geriatric psychiatry. The topics were carefully chosen based on a needs assessment of last year's attendees and a survey of the full CAGP membership. Even if you attended last year, you will likely be interested in joining us again this year. Sunday, September 7th will focus on diagnosis and treatment of delirium, dementia, depression, and sleep disorders, as well as assessment of capacity. The morning of Monday, September 8th will have 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. The course will be chaired by Dr. Andrew Wiens, Associate professor at University of Ottawa with the assistance of Dr. Mark Rapoport, President of the CAGP and Associate professor at the University of Toronto, and Dr. Dallas Seitz, Assistant professor at Queen's University. Confirmed speakers include Dr. Carol Cohen, Dr. George Heckman, Dr. Nathan Herrmann, Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingham and Dr. Lesley Wiesenfeld as well as the chair and assistant chairs. In addition, international guest speaker Dr. Charles F. Reynolds III from the University of Pittsburgh will be discussing the topic of Sleep Disorders in the Elderly. Please save the dates Sunday, September 7th and Monday, September 8th for the 3rd annual CAGP Review Course in Geriatric Psychiatry, and stay tuned for more information about registration for the Course.  

    Andrew Wiens

    Posted: April 3, 2014 

  • 02 Apr 2014 3:41 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Newfoundland Update

    This has been an exciting time for geriatric psychiatry in our province and community.

    On a provincial level, there is a new Paid Family Caregiving Home Support Option which will provide seniors, who meet existing criteria, increased choice when it comes to home support. The new home support option expands the definition of family members who can provide care to include parents, children, grandparents, grandchildren, siblings and relatives residing in the same home. This excludes spouses and common-law partners as there is still the expectation that the natural caregiving roles provided by these individuals will continue. This option also provides clients with a more flexible payment model that will provide subsidy funds directly to the client to best meet their support requirement to remain in the community.

    On a community level, a new $150 million long-term care facility is nearing completion in St. John’s and is expected to be open in September of 2014.  The new facility will accommodate approximately 460 beds and include space for recreation therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and spirituality. The facility will also contain protective care units for individuals with dementia, enhanced short stay services such as respite and convalescence care; and, specialized behavioral services for seniors. This facility is one of six new long-term care facilities developed by the Provincial Government. Over the last several years new facilities have opened in Clarenville, Corner Brook, Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Lewisporte and another facility is under construction in Carbonear.

    And finally, our team continues to grow, evolve and change. Dr. Susan Dalton got married this past year. Dr. Mehrul Hasnain has become our new Division Head. With an extensive background in research in rural practice, we are delighted to welcome him in this new position. We are confident that he can liaise and collaborate with various stakeholders to promote excellent practice and care in our field. Dr. Isabel Martins will be retiring from practice in 2014. Many of you know Dr. Martins from her experience with the CAGP Board throughout the years. Dr. Martin’s, who is kind, thoughtful, calm and wise will be sorely missed by patients and colleagues alike.

    Cathy Hickey, MD, FRCPC, ABPN

    Staff Psychiatrist, Geriatric Psychiatry Day Hospital

    Dr. L.A. Miller Centre, St. John's, NL

    Posted: April 3, 2014

  • 02 Apr 2014 3:35 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Nova Scotia Update

    Regional Report from the Dalhousie Geriatric Psychiatry/ Seniors Mental Health Program

    Our Geriatric Psychiatrists have worked hard this year on an application to the Royal College for subspecialty recognition of Dalhousie's training program. We now await university approval for our application before taking it forward to the Royal College. Special thanks to Dr. Janya Freer for her leadership in the process as our Fellowship Program Director. Thanks also to Dr. Sameh Hassan for his educational role as Fellowship Director for the previous several years.

    On the national scene, Dr. Mark Bosma is our regional representative on the Board of the Canadian Academy for Geriatric Psychiatry, and also sits on the Royal College Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty Committee. Dr. Cheryl Murphy is our regional representative on the Royal College Examination Committee.

    Provincially, the newly elective Liberal government has begun its work on a provincial Dementia Strategy, and on renewing the provincial Continuing Care Strategy. The recent "Ivany Report" urges the province to also begin more economic planning for an aging population. See We continue to make important strides in mental health care for seniors through our Nova Scotia Seniors Mental Health Network. The preceding year involved a provincial engagement strategy to improve connections among our nine districts. We offer a provincial CME accredited Geriatric Psychiatry tele-education series, a monthly "clinical cafe" for challenging case discussion and are collaborative partners for a seniors’ mental health promotion initiative.

    In terms of our student news, congratulations are extended to Dr. Meagan MacNeil in completing her Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry this academic year. Our team is looking forward to welcoming Dr. MacNeil in July 2014 in a combination of clinical work, administration and research.

    Congratulations are also extended to our resident Dr. Vanessa Thoo on receiving the Canadian Academy for Geriatric Psychiatry Resident Award for her research project. Dr. Thoo is spearheading a provincial health promotions effort to raise clinicians' awareness and use of the Fountain of Health Initiative information. Together, Dr. MacNeil and Dr. Thoo aim to present this educational project at the CAGP conference in Toronto this fall. For more information about the Fountain of Health initiative, see

    In personal news among our physicians on our team, congratulations are extended to Dr. Bosma on his wedding last August, to Dr. Hassan on the birth of his baby girl, and to Drs. Murphy and Freer on their pregnancies. Dr. Murphy's baby is due in April and Dr. Freer in May. Our team wishes them both the very best during their maternity leaves.

    Keri-Leigh Cassidy, MD, FRCPC

    Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University Clinical Academic Director, Geriatric Psychiatry/ Seniors' Mental Health Program

    Posted: April 3, 2014

  • 02 Apr 2014 3:29 PM | CAGP (Administrator)
    In preparation for the 2014 CAGP Strategic Planning Meeting, we wished to know what Canadian geriatric psychiatrists felt were the national clinical, educational, research, and policy priorities in late-life mental health. To achieve this aim, we conducted a 21-question mixed-methods paper/online survey of Canadian geriatric psychiatrists. Members of the CAGP board distributed paper copies of the survey to regional geriatric psychiatrists. Meanwhile, Secretariat Central (CAGP’s administrative assistants) collected the data and facilitated the dissemination of the online version of the survey to CAGP members.

    We were very pleased that 109 Canadian geriatric psychiatrists answered our survey (a response rate of approximately 50%, where 10-15% is generally expected from such surveys). In large part, respondents had >10 years of attending staff experience (63.5%), were female (57%), were from Quebec (26%) or Ontario (43.5%), were from academic centres (>85%), and were current CAGP members (88%).

    The main clinical priority was to have easy-to-access clinical guidelines, journals, and textbooks on the CAGP website. Educational priorities were to continue having the CAGP annual scientific meeting, as well as continuing the review course and online study groups. From a research perspective, respondents primarily wanted continued oral presentations at the annual scientific meeting. The most important advocacy activity was national and provincial lobbying for additional funding for late-life mental health care infrastructure (e.g., specialized units, additional non-psychiatrist team members). 70.4% of respondents had written or were planning to write the geriatric psychiatry FRCPC exam.

    A full report of the methods and findings of this survey will be available in Fall 2014. In the full report, the top-3 priorities for clinical, educational, research and advocacy activities will be presented, as well as province-specific priorities and analyses examining psychiatrists’ interest in writing the geriatric psychiatry FRCPC examination. We would like to thank the CAGP board, Secretariat Central, and all the respondents for making this survey possible!

    Soham Rej, MD
    CAGP Board

    Posted: April 3, 2014 

  • 03 Dec 2013 2:16 PM | Deleted user

    Marie-Andrée Bruneau, MD, MSc, FRCPC
    Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal

    This has been a very active and exciting year for the University of Montreal (UdeM)i in the field of geriatric psychiatry. In fact, a few days ago, the University Committee submitted the province’s first request for the official designation of its Geriatric Psychiatry Program by the Royal College of Canada. If the answer is positive, we hope to begin the training of many future French geriatric psychiatrists. We are very proud of our program and of its comprehensive and diversified selection of courses, thanks to a highly dedicated and committed academic team. However, the issue of funding the program has not been resolved given the very restrictive allocations regarding academic positions in Quebec. As in other provinces, it is necessary to demonstrate to our health authorities the particular needs of our senior populations in Canada.

    Certain UdeM members therefore participated in different departmental committees to demonstrate the key issues involved in providing medical services and care for seniors. We collaborated in the round table discussions regarding the implementation of an Alzheimer Plan at the cognitive level, as well as for the Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD). The Department of Health and Social Services (MSSS)ii has approved certain UdeM geriatric psychiatry projects. Training programs and programs for the development of clinical and training tools will also be included. We have also participated in the consultation sessions of the Quebec Health Commissioneriii regarding its 1914 report that will be focussed on seniors. In addition, we were directly involved in the Seniors Mental Health Day organized for the first time this year by the MSSS. We also actively participated in the Scientific Committee to revise the offer of services by Quebec’s long-term care facilities (CHSLD)iv and implemented recommendations of the BPSD guidelines. The UdeM Geriatric Psychiatrists also worked actively in the development of telehealth consultation and training programs. We are seeing changes and new developments in the field of geriatric psychiatry, as well as a growing concern regarding seniors’ mental health.

    At the moment of writing this update, most geriatric psychiatrists are studying for the inaugural September 26 Royal College Exam in Geriatric Psychiatry. We hope all of us and all our colleagues across Canada will succeed in this historic exam.

    i Université de Montréal

    ii Ministère de la santé et des services sociaux  (Québec)

    iii Commissaire à la santé et au bien-être du Québec

    iv Centre d’hébergement et de soins de longue durée (CHSLD)

  • 29 Nov 2013 12:28 PM | Deleted user

    The December edition of the Canadian Geriatrics Journal has just been published. Please see the link at We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and items of interest. Please also consider the Canadian Geriatrics Journal, now indexed at Pubmed, when contemplating manuscript submissions.

    Mark Rapoport, MD, FRCPC

    Canadian Geriatrics Journal
    Vol 16, No 4 (2013)
    Table of Contents

    Abstracts from the Canadian Consensus Conference on Dementia (146) Ken Madden

    Original Research
    The Value of Admission Clinical Data for Diagnosing Heart Failure in Long-term Care (147-155) George A. Heckman, Andrea D. Foebel, Joel A. Dubin,  Jennifer Ng, Irene D. Turpie, Patricia Hussack, Robert S. McKelvie

    The Role of Support Services in Promoting Social Inclusion for the Disadvantaged Urban-dwelling Elderly (156-179) Vicky P.K.H. Nguyen,    Feroz Sarkari,  Kate MacNeil,   Laura Cowan,    Joyce Rankin

    Responsiveness of the QUALID to Improved Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease (180-185) Hadas Benhabib, Krista L. Lanctôt, Goran M. Eryavec,  Abby Li, Nathan Herrmann

    Hypovitaminosis D in Delirium: a Retrospective Cross-sectional Study (186-191) Jennifer Ford,  Ana Hategan, James A. Bourgeois, Daniel K. Tisi, Glen L. Xiong

    Geriatric Medicine Leadership of Health Care Transformation: To Be or Not To Be? (192-195) George A. Heckman, Frank J. Molnar, Linda Lee

    Oral Presentations from the 7th Canadian Conference on Dementia (CCD) held in Vancouver, October 2013 (196-199) Various Authors

    Poster Presentations from the 7th Canadian Conference on Dementia (CCD) held in Vancouver, October 2013 (200-228)

    The latest issue of the Canadian Geriatrics Journal is now available online. This issue begins with an editorial by Ken Madden entitled, What is the best way to care for frail older adults?  Also featured in this issue are:

    • Original Research on Acceptance of Disability and the Risk of Frailty; Improving the Quality of Care for Older Adults Using Evidence-Informed Clinical Care Pathways; and Medical Problems Referred to a Care for the Elderly Physician: Insight for Future Geriatrics CME.

    • Systematic Reviews/Meta-analysis on Systematic review of evidence for Trails B cut-off scores in assessing fitness-to-drive

    • Book Review on Chronic Medical Disease and Cognitive Aging: Toward a Healthy Body and Brain

    • Corrigendum: The Practice of Geriatrics: Specialized Geriatric Programs and Home Visits

    Canadian Geriatrics Journal: Vol 16, No 3 (2013)

    The Canadian Geriatrics Journal is a peer-reviewed research journal. CAGP members are invited to submit articles to the journal by emailing editor Ken Maddan at

  • 29 Nov 2013 12:27 PM | Deleted user

    Mark Rapoport MD FRCPC
    Associate Professor, University of Toronto

    As of January 31st, 2014 the office staff of TOCS who have been managing the CAGP for many years will be no longer working with us. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Leya Duigu, Olga Kasjanova, Lenore Dunlop, Seare Araya, Senait Ghebru, and Lynn Beauregard who have worked hard and helped us to grow over the years. In the next newsletter, I will formally introduce Lori Suffern, Denise Craine, and others from Secretariat Central who have already started providing support to the CAGP and will take over in the new year. Please note that because of the transition, we will be somewhat delayed in collecting 2014 membership dues this year.

  • 29 Nov 2013 12:26 PM | Deleted user

    Mark Rapoport MD FRCPC
    Associate Professor, University of Toronto

    Please save the dates for the Annual Scientific Meeting of the CAGP which will be held on Tuesday, September 9th and Wednesday, Sept 10th, 2014 in Toronto, immediately preceding the Canadian Psychiatric Association annual meeting. Please also save the dates for the CAGP National Review Course, which will be held on Sunday, Sept 7th, and Monday, September 8th, in Toronto, just before the Annual Scientific Meeting. More information about programming and venue will follow.

  • 29 Nov 2013 12:23 PM | Deleted user

    Mark Rapoport MD FRCPC
    Associate Professor, University of Toronto

    We launched the 2nd CAGP Online Study Group in early November, and are only 3 modules into the program. Participants have been actively reading, discussing, and debating issues pertaining to anticholinergic and other potentially inappropriate drugs in the elderly as well as neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia, and suicide in the elderly. They are actively practicing answering exam questions as well as reflecting on broader controversies and clinical dilemmas. Feedback from last year and from the first two modules has been very strong, and there is some burgeoning international interest in the study group as well. This year, we have not capped enrollment, in response to feedback from our members, and remain open if you wish to enroll. Please contact to do so or for more information about the study group.

  • 29 Nov 2013 12:19 PM | Deleted user

    CAGP Award for Outstanding Contributions to Geriatric Psychiatry

    The Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Outstanding Contributions in Geriatric Psychiatry in Canada award, Catherine Lynn Shea and Melissa Andrew.

    Catherine Lynn Shea BSc, MD, FRCPC
    Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

    Dr. Shea has been extensively involved with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has played a crucial role in

    achieving subspecialty recognition of Geriatric Psychiatry.

    The leadership shown by Dr. Shea in this process was pivotal in achieving recognition, and is a testament to her commitment to advancing the field of Geriatric Psychiatry in Canada along both clinical and academic trajectories.

    Dr. Shea continues to serve in the role of Co-Chair of the inaugural Royal College Specialty Committee in Geriatric Psychiatry, developing all specialty-related documents, accreditation standards, and criteria for the identification of practicing subspecialists eligible for certification via the Royal College’s Practice Eligibility route (PER-sub). She has also been dedicated to the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry by serving on the board of directors from 2000 to 2008, and acting as Vice-President and Education Chair during this time.

    Through her tenure as Chair of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Shea has made some outstanding contributions, including the recruitment of the community of Geriatric Psychiatrists as members of the University of Ottawa, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry. 

    Dr. Shea has been an exemplary role model in her ability to adapt and balance her leadership, education and advocacy endeavours with her clinical activities. Her lifelong contributions to the field of geriatric psychiatry have had an extensive impact at a regional and national level and it is for these reasons we are pleased to present Dr. Shea with the CAGP Award for Outstanding Contributions in Geriatric Psychiatry in Canada.

    Melissa Andrew MD, FRCPC
    Kingston Geriatric Psychiatry Outreach Program
    Providence Care – Mental Health Services

    Dr. Andrew’s passion for education and contributions to geriatric psychiatry are most notable in her role as Co-Chair of the Specialty Committee in Geriatric Psychiatry at the Royal College. Volunteering alongside Dr. Catherine Lynn Shea, she helped lead the application which achieved subspecialty recognition for geriatric psychiatry in Canada, a watershed moment for geriatric mental health in Canada.

    Dr. Andrew is an active and highly regarded educator, providing supervision and mentorship for geriatric psychiatry fellows, psychiatry residents and supervision of neurology and care of the elderly trainees. She leads the Kingston Geriatric Psychiatry Outreach program which provides support for community-dwelling older adults and has been active at Queen’s University in the postgraduate medical education as Director of Resident Affairs.

    Dr. Andrew served on the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry’s Board of Directors between 2004 and 2012 serving in numerous roles during this time, including the education committee, CAGP’s representative on the CPA Council of Academies and as Vice-President.

    Dr. Andrew’s tireless leadership, professionalism, and mentorship have inspired leaders and future leaders alike and it is for this reason that we are delighted to present her with the CAGP Award for Outstanding Contributions in Geriatric Psychiatry in Canada.

    CAGP Geriatric Psychiatry Training and Resident Awards
    2013 Geriatric Psychiatry Training Award:          

    • Dr. Holly Dornan, University of Ottawa

    2013 Resident Award:               

    • Dr. Soojin Chun, University of Ottawa
    • Dr. Angela Golas, University of Toronto
    • Dr. Vanessa Thoo, Dalhousie University

    CCD Future Leader (Geriatric Psychiatry) Award sponsored by Pfizer Canada
    2013 Recipient:  Dr. Darrin Leung, University of Calgary

    Three CCD Leader Awards are being presented to postgraduate residents from each of the following programs - Geriatric Psychiatry, Behavioural Neurology, and Geriatrics - who exhibit an extraordinary commitment in the area of dementia. Congratulations to Darrin Leung who was selected as the recipient of this award in geriatric psychiatry. 

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