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  • 07 Nov 2014 9:27 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Ontario Shores is a 325 bed tertiary psychiatric hospital (located in Whitby, Ontario, a 40 minute drive from Toronto) that serves patients with severe and persistent mental illness. With leading edge fully integrated medical records, a lake-side environment and excellent teaching opportunities, consider our Full Time opportunity as your next practice opportunity.

    The Geriatric Psychiatry program includes a 23 bed inpatient dementia unit, a 25 bed general geriatric psychiatry unit, and an outreach service into homes and long term care facilities. Specialized outpatient clinics include a Memory Clinic, a Geriatric Mood Disorders Clinic, and a Neuropsychiatry clinic. Psychiatry staff also provides ECT service to the hospital.

    Ontario Shores is currently seeking a Psychiatrist specializing in Geriatric Psychiatry for a full time position to join our team of 4 dynamic, progressive psychiatrists along with a wide range of allied health care staff including general practitioners, physiotherapists, occupational therapist, social workers, dietitians, recreational therapists and nurses to deliver programs meeting the needs of seniors over 65 years of age.

    Hours of work are Monday to Friday, normal business hours; compressed work week option is also available


    • current licence to practice or eligible for licensure in Ontario
    • specialty qualification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or recognized equivalent
    • certification and/or experience in Geriatric Psychiatry
    • an academic affiliation with University of Toronto, an interest in or current holding of an academic cross appointment is preferred

    Contact Information:

    CJ (Carol Jean) Pudsey
    Human Resources Consultant-Physician Group
    Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
    700 Gordon Street, Whitby, Ontario L1N 5S9

    For more information about this position and Ontario Shores please visit our website at

  • 03 Nov 2014 2:38 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Join the CAGP community of researchers on ResearchGate (!  Email to request an invitation to the CAGP group.

    Recent publications from our members:

    “What Makes Residents Interested in Geriatric Psychiatry? A Pan-Canadian Online Survey of Psychiatry Residents.”   American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Online September 2014 Soham Rej,  Vincent Laliberté Mark J. Rapoport, Dallas Seitz, Melissa Andrew, Marla Davidson. 

    Results of a survey of Canadian residents which demonstrates the importance of early and positive experiences of caring for older adults in promoting interest in geriatric psychiatry.

    Associations of medical comorbidity, psychosis, pain, and capacity with psychiatric hospital length of stay in geriatric inpatients with and without dementia.”  International Psychogeriatrics, Online Oct 2014 Zahinoor Ismail, Tamara Arenovich, Robert Granger, Charlotte Grieve, Peggie Willett, Scott Patten, Benoit H Mulsant.


    A study examining predictors of length of stay on a geriatric psychiatry unit.  Diagnosis of dementia did not impact length of stay, but positive psychotic symptoms and incapacity did.

    “Renal function in geriatric psychiatry patients compared to non-psychiatric older adults: effects of lithium use and other factors.”  Aging and Mental Health. 2014; 18(7):847-53 Soham Rej, Brian Weixi Li, Karl Looper, Marilyn Segal. 

    A retrospective study of renal function comparing geriatric psychiatry patients to age matched controls.  Lithium use is safe in older adults with normal renal function, but is more risky for those with eGFR is <60 mL/min/1.73 m2

  • 03 Nov 2014 11:55 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Dear CAGP Members,

    I am pleased to share with you a new resource to help us educate patients and families/caregivers in geriatric mental health disorders. A group of us at Baycrest have created an interactive and multimodal website for this purpose. The first module is about geriatric depression. There is written material, videos, patient stories/videos and a GDS.

    Please consider sharing with your patients and their families/caregivers, and any colleagues you think may be interested in this resource. There is also an attachment here with a brochure that can be given to patients and families.

    Thank you,

    Dr. Robert Madan 

  • 03 Nov 2014 11:50 AM | 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 ( We call on any CAGP members with an interest in joining this network or the committee to email We will hold our first open meeting at the 2014 ASM. All interested CAGP members are invited:

    Andrea Iaboni

    Mark Rapoport

    Daniel Blumberger

    Aristotle Voineskos

    Soham Rej

    Maggie Gibson

    Ken Madden

  • 03 Nov 2014 10:56 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    The Department of Psychiatry of Université de Montréal is proud to announce that the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has accredited our Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency Training Program in May 2014. The program will receive two residents for its two-year training program from July 2014.

    Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency Training Program of Université de Montréal is the first entirely French-speaking program accredited in North America. The program relies on 44 teachers and five academic centres, dedicated to clinical work, education, administration and research.

    Information about the program can be found on our website (click here) and application can be directed to the Director of the Subspecialty Program, Dr. Isabelle Paquette and to Adjunct Director of Geriatric Psychiatry Department, Dr.  Marie-Andrée Bruneau.

    Le département de psychiatrie de l’Université de Montréal est enchanté d’annoncer que son Programme de Résidence en Surspécialité en Gérontopsychiatrie a été accrédité par le Collège Royal des Médecins et Chirurgiens du Canada en mai 2014. Le programme accueillera dès juillet 2014 deux résidentes dans son programme d’une durée de 2 ans.

    L’Université de Montréal est fière d’être le premier programme entièrement francophone accrédité en Amérique du Nord. Le programme comprend 44 professeurs et 5 centres académiques, dédiés au travail clinique, à l’enseignement, à l’administration et à la recherche.

    Des informations concernant notre programme peuvent être obtenues sur notre site web au (cliquez ici) et les applications peuvent être acheminées à notre Directrice du Programme de Surspécialité, Dre Isabelle Paquette et à notre Directrice Adjointe du Département de Gérontopsychiatrie, Dre Marie-Andrée Bruneau.

    Dr. Nancy Vasil

  • 03 Nov 2014 10:54 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    On behalf of Dr. Kiran Rabheru, I would like to invite you and your colleagues to attend the National Simulation-Based ECT Course for Practitioners on Sunday, February 8, 2015. Attached are the program letter and brochure with further details, as well as a copy of the recently published research paper. To view our promotional video for this course, click here. In a randomized-controlled trial comparing traditional ECT training methods, this is the first simulation-based ECT course proven to increase skills, knowledge and confidence for ECT practitioners. (J ECT 2013; 29: 291-296). This activity is an Accredited Simulation Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, and approved by University of Ottawa’s Office of Continuing Medical Education. You will need to visit MAINPORT to record your learning and outcomes. You may claim a maximum of 10 hours, which entitles you to receive 30 credits for this activity.

    The cost of the course is $750, and enrolment will be limited to 16 psychiatrists. We are encouraging all psychiatrists currently practicing ECT, or those who are considering doing so, to enroll for this course. To register, or if you have any questions, please reply directly to this message and I will respond to you as soon as possible. Kindly forward this information to your colleagues, or any clinicians/department heads involved in ECT. As this is an important milestone in the field of ECT, medical education and simulation, and I felt that it would be worthy of your attention.

    **Please note** The E.K. Koranyi Review Course in Psychiatry will be held the week of February 9-13, 2015, at the Ottawa Convention Centre. Registration will start in the fall. The link for registration will be available at when registration begins.

    To register for the course, please contact:

    Ms. Jen Morgan
    Administrative Assistant
    Perinatal Mental Health / Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) / Division of General Psychiatry
    TOH - General Campus
    Tel: 613-737-8899 ex. 73986 | Fax: 613-737-8115

  • 03 Nov 2014 10:50 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    To members of CAGP,

    We are inviting you to celebrate Dr Marie-France Tourigny-Rivard – the mother of geriatric psychiatry – as she begins retirement after 34 years at The Royal. A tireless advocate, mentor, physician and friend, Marie-France has shaped geriatric psychiatry as we know it in Canada. In honour of her tremendous contributions, we are asking you to consider making a donation in her name to The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, by mail, fax or online at . A pledge form is attached below for your convenience.  

    A special fund will be established to support a priority of her choice in geriatric psychiatry.

    We will make a special presentation at a reception to be held in her honour, November 1, 2014, where we will unveil a plaque and advise her of your generosity.

     Information about Marie-France: 

    Marie-France Tourigny-Rivard, M.D., FRCPC, is a well-known geriatric psychiatrist who served for many years as the clinical director of the geriatric psychiatry program of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group. She is also a professor in psychiatry at the University of Ottawa, where she teaches in English and in French.

    Marie-France’s career in psychiatry began at the Royal Ottawa Hospital in 1979 where her leadership in regards to clinical care and services led to the development of a full range of mental health services for older adults of the region of Champlain and beyond. Her commitment to education inspired and increased the capacity of countless health care professionals (psychiatrists, family physicians, nurses and personal support workers) to provide better mental health care to older Canadians.    

    A founding member and past-president of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry, Marie-France was the first recipient of the Leadership award from the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry recognizing her outstanding contributions to geriatric psychiatry in Canada.

    In 2007, Marie-France was appointed as chair of the Seniors Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada and continues her involvement as a member of the Advisory Council.

    Marie-France was raised in Quebec and obtained her medical degree from Université de Montréal. She trained in psychiatry at the University of Washington in Seattle and at Université Laval in Québec city.

    Marie-France continues to provide geriatric outreach and community mental health services in collaboration with primary care professionals of rural areas surrounding Ottawa and those of the Cochrane region of Northern Ontario, reaching out to the francophone population.   

    Given her longstanding interest in education and clinical service development, she continues to act as a resource to health care planners and providers across the country, using the recently published Guidelines for Comprehensive Mental Health Services for Older Adults in Canada developed by the Seniors Advisory Committee of the MHCC.

    Dr. Andrew Wiens 

  • 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 if you would like to participate in any of the Advocacy Committee’s work.

    Dallas Seitz

    Vice President

  • 03 Nov 2014 10:44 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    It is with pleasure that I report the gains that CAGP has made in 2014 in building new ways to partner with like-minded organizations, especially the CPA, CCSMH, CMA, CGS, IPA, and AAGP.

    I will summarize some of the highlights and newer developments below:

    Canadian Seniors Health Collaborative (CSHC): At the CAGP Strategic Planning Retreat on February 28, 2014, a workshop was led by Kiran Rabheru with participation of Ken LeClair, David Conn, Corrine Fisher, Soham Rej, Mark Bosma, Holly Dornan, Barry Campbell and Bonnie Schroder. This workshop resulted in the planning and conceptualization of a Canadian Seniors Health Collaborative (CSHC). The goal of the CHSC will be to advance the political, research, professional development and financial interests of the CAGP through partnerships with key stakeholder organizations in seniors’ health. Several goals were identified including:

    1. To set up a summit to explore the feasibility of the CSHC.

    2.  To secure a 2015 date and Toronto venue and to invite speakers from CCSMH, CGS, IPA, CPA and CAG to a strategic summit on seniors’ health.

    3.  To secure funding for the summit and speakers.

    4. To use the summit to find the common ground and determine who and how to link or partner with the right organizations that will advance the CAGP Mission and Purpose.

    5. Results of the summit will inform the creation of the CSHC, a new non- profit organization.

    6.Define the benefits of collaboration: Networking, reduced cost by sharing resources, political strength in numbers, more resources for guideline development, leadership for better patient outcomes.

    7.  To develop CSHC partnerships 8: operationalize the CSHC Sand secure a memo of understanding with the six or seven key organizations

    8.  Establish a website committee and secure quotes to build the CSHC website.

    9. develop a communication strategy 10: develop the CSHC membership value proposition.

    CPA: Partnership planning with the CPA is an ongoing process. Glenn Brimacombe, the new CEO of the CPA is working closely with the CAGP and other academies, to develop a closer alliance to achieve goals that are of mutual benefit to our members e.g., membership fees, conference planning, recruitment and retention of members, and administrative efficiencies, communication strategies, media and public education are a few of the items on the list of ongoing discussions. Another major gain was the decision by the CPA Board that membership in one of the Academies would for at least five years would be an acceptable alternative to CPA membership for the purpose of obtaining a Fellowship of the CPA. CPA’s inaugural Lobby Day, attended by a number of Parliamentarians and guests, was held on Thursday, April 10, 2014. The CAGP was well represented by Marie-France Rivard at this exciting event as the CPA went to Parliament Hill to discuss the raise awareness and the importance of mental health amongst Canadians.

    CMA: As an affiliate of the CMA, the CAGP was invited to participate in a Specialist Forum attended on August 17, 2014. Dallas Seitz represented the CAGP who, along with Frank Molnar of geriatric medicine, helped pass a motion stating that The Canadian Medical Association will examine physician resources and trends among those specialties that focus on geriatric care (e.g., geriatric medicine, geriatric psychiatry, care of the elderly) and make recommendations based on those findings. Other discussions with the CMA include improving efficiency in the Canadian health care system and the future of medical education in Canada postgraduate survey on supports for transition into practice.

    I would like to acknowledge the contributions that each and every one of you has made throughout the year to move many of the partnership agenda items forward and I look forward to working with you on the many new initiatives in the coming year.


    Kiran Rabheru

    Chair, Partnership Strategy

  • 03 Nov 2014 10:42 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    2013-2014 has been a very eventful year for the communications portfolio. It has been a time of transition as Secretariat Central has taken over from TOCORP. This past year I have chaired the committee with input from Mark Rapoport, Holly Dornan and Secretariat Central. Lara Hazelton, former communications chair for the CAGP, has agreed to join us this coming year. We have continued to provide regional updates on a quarterly basis, providing our members with important information about what is going on in different areas of the country. We have reformatted the e-newsletter to make it more e-friendly and also have added ongoing updates in areas such as the scientific meeting, national review course, royal college certification and research. We have a new logo that reflects our new vision but also has sufficient similarity to the old logo to provide some continuity. With the assistance of Timothy Lau we have struck an e-resources task force and are in the process of revamping our website, updating links to important topic areas such as depression and dementia. We are also considering revamping the member’s only section of the website. We hope to have changes to the website finalized by next year. Through the involvement of Holly Dornan and Marla Davidson we have enhanced our links with trainees and also explored how we can use social media more effectively to connect with members. Finally, as I am stepping down from the board, we are in the process of clearly defining the roles and responsibilities of the communications chair and will be selecting a successor to me once the new board is formed. I have volunteered to stay on in my role during the transition period. Looking ahead, my hope is that we can expand the membership of our group and start focusing on using the communications portfolio as a means of enhancing clinical and research collaborations.  

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