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  • 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 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!

  • 17 Oct 2013 2:53 PM | Deleted user
    Update as of October 17, 2013: The deadline to register without penalty for the Royal College Fall 2014 examination in geriatric psychiatry has been extended to Nov 15, 2013. The deadline for the examinations held in the Fall of 2015 and onward will be Aug 31st of the previous year. Please click the link the memorandum (English | French), and contact for more information. 
  • 15 Jul 2013 11:48 AM | Deleted user
    The CGS would like to invite CAGP members to submit articles to our two journals. 
    We would love to see CAGP members submit to the journals. 

    Canadian Geriatrics Journal has just published its latest issue at We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and items of interest. 

  • 15 Jul 2013 11:45 AM | Deleted user

    A team of researchers from cognitive science, computer science, neuropsychology, geriatric medicine, and behavioral neurology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have created a computerized tool that has the ability to test in multiple cognitive domains important in the evaluation of early Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. This tool (C-TOC – Computerized Testing on Computer) has been developed along state-of-the-science principles of human computer interaction.

    C-TOC is not yet ready for implementation.

    However, the researchers would like your input to finalize C-TOC’s design and delivery. Please participate in a brief interview (10-15 minutes). The purpose of the interview is to learn about your viewpoints on the utility, applications, feasibility, and limitations of computerized cognitive test batteries. C-TOC will not be presented in its entirety. Just a few sample screens will be shown to convey what the battery looks like. The interview can occur in person or over Skype.

    To participate in the survey or find out more please contact Claudia Jacova ( ) or James Riggs (

  • 15 Jul 2013 11:38 AM | Deleted user

    The Nominating Committee, chaired by Dr. Kiran Rabheru, has received nominations from three (3) full members and two (2) members-in-training. There are five (5) full member positions and one (1) member-in-training position available on the 2013-2015 Board of Directors of the CAGP. The election of these directors, for two-year terms, will take place at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on September 25, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario. Please find below the slate of nominations for this year.

    1. Dr. Shabbir Amanullah (Full Member, NS)
    2. Dr. Holly Dornan (Member-in-Training, ON)
    3. Dr. Soojin Chun (Member-in-Training, ON)
    Click here for Biographies 

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