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  • 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 info@cagp.ca 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. 

  • 29 Nov 2013 12:17 PM | Deleted user

    Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Blumberger, Dr. Mark Bosma, Dr. Maria Di Tomasso, Dr. Holly Dornan, Dr. Dallas Seitz and Dr. Nancy Vasil for being elected to the CAGP Board of Directors from 2013 to 2015.

    We would also like to acknowledge the significant contributions of the following members that have recently stepped down from the Board of Directors and recognize their length of service:  

    • Dr. Rene Desautels (2007-2013)
    • Dr. Marie-Andrée Bruneau (2011-2013)
    • Dr. Zahinoor Ismail (2011-2013)

    These members have been a part of the academy's success and we would like to offer our heartfelt thanks for their time, expertise and commitment to the CAGP.

  • 29 Nov 2013 12:14 PM | Deleted user

    Mark Rapoport MD FRCPC
    Associate Professor, University of Toronto

    Dr. Kiran Rabheru, past president, and I have been in discussions this year with the Canadian Psychiatric Association and Council of Academies about potential partnerships. It is important that we update you on this, as there is some important collaboration underway.

    1. Fellowship Status. We would like to encourage our members who may qualify for this to apply for Fellowship Status with the Canadian Psychiatric Association. A Fellow of the CPA is one who has demonstrated excellence in involvement in 3 or more areas of: psychiatric or mental health organizations, volunteer work, clinical, administrative, research, or teaching. Up until recently, to qualify for Fellowship status, members had to be active members of the CPA for at least 5 years in addition to other qualifications. The CPA recently decided that membership in one of the Academies would for at least 5 years be an acceptable alternative to CPA membership for this purpose. I know that many of our CAGP members would almost certainly qualify for Fellowship status, and I encourage you to check this link for details http://www.cpa-apc.org/browse/documents/322 and consider applying. Please note that their application form will likely change later in the Fall. Instead of using the current 2013 form, please wait until the 2014 form is posted on the website, but don’t miss the February 1, 2014 deadline. Please contact us if you need assistance or sponsorship for this as we may be able to help. It would be great if we could have qualified CAGP members recognized as CPA fellows. If you are already a CPA Fellow, please consider also applying for CPA Distinguished Fellow status (Click here).

    2. Membership. The CPA and the CAGP have had a close working relationship since its inception.  Most of our members are already CPA members, but we’d encourage you to also join the CPA if you are not already a member. Their ASM is excellent and the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry is an excellent perk of membership as well. They are also in the process of expanding their advocacy work and by partnering with them, we can ensure that there is a strong voice of advocacy for mental health in later life on Parliament Hill.
  • 29 Nov 2013 12:11 PM | Deleted user

    A message entitled Clarification of Deadlines for Royal College Examination in Geriatric Psychiatry was sent to CAGP members on November 4, 2013 with updates regarding the subspecialty exam. The message can be viewed at here for anyone that may have missed it.

  • 29 Nov 2013 12:10 PM | Deleted user

    Marla Davidson, MD FRCPC
    University of Saskatchewan

    The CAGP will be collaborating with the Canadian Medical Students National Geriatric Interest Group (NGIG) to sponsor and develop a yearly newsletter for medical students interested in geriatrics. The inaugural edition of the NGIG newsletter was published in June 2013. An electronic copy of the newsletter can be accessed by clicking here. In future editions we will be collaborating with the NGIG medical students to include geriatric psychiatry content in the newsletter which may include topics in geriatric psychiatry written by medical students, career opportunities in geriatric psychiatry, and case presentations. 

  • 29 Nov 2013 12:08 PM | Deleted user

    Zahinoor Ismail, MD, MSc, FRCPC
    2013 ASM Committee, Chair
    Associate Professor, University of Calgary

    “Emerging Concepts in Geriatric Psychiatry” was the theme of the Annual Scientific Meeting this year, held on September 25th in Ottawa.  As the keynote speaker, Dr. Benoit Mulsant provided an update on DSM5 for Geriatric Psychiatry. His engaging presentation simplified a complex development in our field and made it clear and straight-forward for the clinician to appreciate. The afternoon plenary session was entitled “Advances in Therapeutic Brain Stimulation” and was co-presented by Dr. Daniel Blumberger and Dr. Paul Lespérance. Dr. Blumberger summarized the role of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, ECT and Magnetic Seizure Therapy in the geriatric population. Dr. Lespérance reviewed the role of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in older adults and described the research in Vagus Nerve Therapy and its potential use in geriatric psychiatry.

    Workshops covered a broad array of topics including how to disclose a dementia diagnosis, reviewing neuroimaging guidelines in dementia, CBT techniques for older adults, and development of an algorithmic approach to treatment of late-life depression.

    Concurrent paper sessions focused on a number of common themes, including use of technology (artificial intelligence and telepsychiatry), psychotropic medication safety issues, health systems issues, and physician assisted suicide/euthanasia.

    The CAGP fellowship award was given to Dr. Jennifer Brault, who presented her ongoing research in melatonin for insomnia in older adults. The award for Outstanding Contributions in Geriatric Psychiatry was shared by Drs. Melissa Andrew and Catherine Shea for their devoted and successful efforts over many years at getting Geriatric Psychiatry designated an official subspecialty by the Royal College.
    Next year’s ASM will be held in Toronto on September 9 and 10, in partnership with the Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health.

  • 29 Nov 2013 11:49 AM | Deleted user

    Marie-Andrée Bruneau, MD, MSc, FRCPC
    Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal

    L’année a été fertile en gérontopsychiatrie à l’Université de Montréal. Effectivement, le comité universitaire a déposé il y a quelques jours, au Collège Royal, la première demande d’accréditation d’un programme de surspécialité en gérontopsychiatrie au Québec. Si la réponse s’avère positive, comme nous l’espérons, nous pourrions ainsi débuter la formation de nouveaux gérontopsychiatres francophones. Nous sommes très fiers de ce programme, de l’offre riche et diversifiée de stage et de cours grâce à nos professeurs experts du domaine. Cependant, le financement de ce programme n’est pas résolu étant donné la situation particulièrement restrictive d’attribution de postes universitaires au Québec. Comme dans les autres provinces, il demeure nécessaire de faire valoir aux instances décisionnelles les besoins particuliers des populations âgées au Canada.

    Ainsi, des membres de l’Université de Montréal ont pu participer à certains comités ministériels et faire valoir les enjeux prioritaires dans l’offre de soins et services aux personnes âgées. Nous avons collaboré aux tables de réflexion sur l’implantation du plan Alzheimer, tant au niveau cognition que pour les symptômes psychologiques et comportementaux de la démence (SCPD). Certains projets d’implantation qui ont reçu l’aval du MSSS impliquent des gérontopsychiatres de l’UDM. Des programmes de formation et de développements d’outils cliniques et d’enseignement y seront également inclus. Nous avons également collaboré à la consultation du commissaire à la santé du Québec, dont le rapport 2014 portera sur les soins aux personnes âgées. De plus, pour la première fois cette année, le MSSS a organisé une journée de santé mentale des aînés, et nous y avons été directement impliqués. Nous avons également travaillé activement au sein du comité scientifique du MSSS de révision de l’offre de service en CHSLD et effectué des recommandations de lignes directrices pour la prise en charge des SCPD. Les gérontopsychiatres de l’Université de Montréal travaillent également de façon active à développer l’offre en téléconsultation et téléformation. Nous pouvons donc constater une ouverture nouvelle et une préoccupation grandissante des décideurs québécois pour la santé mentale des personnes âgées.

    Actuellement, la plupart des gérontopsychiatres sont dans leurs livres pour le grand rendez-vous du 26 septembre prochain. Nous nous souhaitons et vous souhaitons également le meilleur des succès à cet examen historique!

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