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  • 03 Nov 2014 10:31 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    As of August 2014 there are 324 CAGP members (see Chart 1 for breakdown), with a total increase in almost all categories, especially the MIT category. This may be attributed to the ongoing CAGP trainee strategy, as well as the continued effect of Royal College recognition of geriatric psychiatry as a sub-specialty.

    July 2013

    August 2014

    Full Member/Member

    214 (74%)

    219 (68%)

    Affiliate Member/Member

    21 (7%)

    24 (7%)

    Member-in-Training (MIT)

    52 (18%)

    76 (24%)

    Lifetime Member

    4 (1%)

    3 (1%)




    Chart 1. CAGP Member Numbers 2013-2014

    Similar to the report from 2013, the majority of members are geriatric psychiatrists residing in Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec (see Chart 2 for breakdown).

    Chart 2. CAGP Members by province 2013-2014

    Over the past year, there has been a simplification of membership categories with the removal of the “Associate Member” category. The website has been updated to reflect these changes, with clear definition of the “Full” and “Affiliate” member categories. Continued efforts will be made in the coming year to further increase membership. It is clear that many geriatric psychiatrists have successfully passed the Royal College certification exam, and it will be important to ensure they are aware of the CAGP and membership benefits. 

  • 03 Nov 2014 10:28 AM | CAGP (Administrator)
    There are many purposes of the CAGP awards program. It helps to foster and develop interest in the subspecialty of geriatric psychiatry by residents in psychiatry, promotes scholarly activity in the field by both residents and subspecialty trainees, introduces these residents to the collegiality of geriatric psychiatrists through their attendance at the ASM and recognizes those amongst us who have made significant contributions to the field of geriatric psychiatry at the regional, national and even international level

    The goals of the Awards Committee are to facilitate the process of developing and refining award criteria, select award winners, establish an appropriate budget, present the names of award winners and any proposed changes to the awards to the CAGP board and encourage donations to the education fund by the CAGP membership.

    This year the CAGP has awarded each of our four awards to very deserving individuals. The award categories include CAGP Outstanding Contributions in Geriatric Psychiatry (Dr. Mark Rapoport), CAGP Regional Contributions in Geriatric Psychiatry (Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy), the Geriatric Psychiatry Training award (Dr. Nadeesha Fernando) and the CAGP Resident (Dr. Majda Ines Souci, Dr. Paul Blackburn). This year Dr. Holly Dornan (Geriatric Psychiatry Training ward winner 2013) will be presenting at the September ASM.

    2014 was a major transition for the CAGP as we began working with a new administrative organization Secretariat Central. We would like to thank the Secretariat staff for their support and patience during this transition phase. Overall things went quite smoothly. The timelines for this process were established. The award descriptions were tidied up. We have clarified deadlines, terms of the awards and acknowledgements. There is a process for notifying the membership of the awards and encouraging applicants. The reality is we have historically received very few nominations for any of the awards. Attention to this part of the process is a goal for the 2014-2015 year.

    We turned our attention to the future of the awards program once we had selected the successful applicants for this year’s awards. The motivation for this reflection came from discussions that have occurred over the past couple of years and ensuring future financial viability.

    There has been ongoing debate from past members as well as present about the lack of clarity between the criteria of the award for Outstanding Contributions and the Regional award. The reality is very few applications have been received over the past years for the Regional award. After at least two years of debate we have elected to no longer offer this award for these reasons. This may increase competition for the Outstanding Contributions award. We will need to review the criteria for this award given this change.

    Changes have also been proposed for the Residents award. We have discussed decreasing the amount of the award in order to be able to offer potentially three as opposed to two. The proposal is to decrease the amount of each award from $2000 to $1000. This will still help to cover the expenses of the residents in travelling to and attending the ASM where they are asked to present a poster on a proposed scholarly activity in the field of geriatric psychiatry. We plan to award two Resident awards each year provided we have applications that meet criteria and have the potential to award a third if a deserving candidate applies. This is reflected in the proposed budget for 2015.

    Changes to the Outstanding Contributions award have also been proposed. Historically winners of both this award and that of the Regional award received $1000. Past recipients of these awards expressed surprise at receiving a cash prize. It was their feeling that recognition by the academy and their peers was a sufficient honour. The committee has proposed changing the monetary portion of the award to covering the registration cost of the winner at the next ASM they attend.

    We have not made any changes to the Training award.

    This is the first year the cost of the awards will appear as a line item in the budget and a budget for 2015.

    The timing of the presentation of the awards during the ASM has varied over the past couple of years. It is important for the Chair of this committee and that of the ASM planning committee to liaise regarding the scheduling of the ceremony during the ASM. This year it will be during the lunch break of the second day.

    The CAGP actively solicits donations to an education fund, which helps support the cost of the awards via a direct link on its website, reminders in the electronic newsletters and paper reminders during the ASM. A goal of this year’s committee will be a discussion as to how to make this more visible.

    A long-standing committee member Dr. Marlene Smart left after many years of service. We would like to thank Marlene for her participation. Her promotion of the subspecialty at the resident, fellow/trainee and colleague level contributed significantly to the success of this program.

    Our group has expanded its regional representation as we welcomed Dr. Mark Bosma (Nova Scotia) to the committee. 

    Respectfully submitted,

    Carol Ward, MD

    Secretary and Awards Chair 

  • 03 Nov 2014 10:19 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    In 2013 the CAGP delivered a rich and engaging conference in Ottawa. The conference was held at the Ottawa Convention Centre. A review of the conference confirmed that 109 attendees travelled to Ottawa to attend the meeting in spite of the inaugural Royal College Geriatric Psychiatry subspecialty certification exam being written across the country on the following day. The meeting proved to be not only a venue for dissemination of current knowledge in geriatric psychiatry, but also for networking and meeting with colleagues. Overall the meeting resulted in a net profit of $803. The keynote presentation this year was given by Dr. Benoit Mulsant on the topic of the changes relevant to geriatric psychiatry that were introduced with the publication of the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders by the American Psychiatric Association. The plenary session was a panel entitled “Advances in Therapeutic Brain Stimulation,” presented by Dr. Daniel Blumberger and Dr. Paul Lespérance. In addition to the keynote and plenary session, this year’s annual meeting included a number of additional highlights. These included a workshop on how to disclose a diagnosis of dementia using a person-centred, comprehensive and progressive approach. Keeping with the theme of dementia, there was also a workshop devoted to reviewing the 4th Canadian Consensus Conference on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia guidelines with respect to imaging and dementia. Participants had an opportunity to interact directly with members of the expert panel who came up with the guidelines, and increase their knowledge of neuroimaging as it pertains to dementia. In addition, there was a workshop entitled “Too Old for Therapy,” in which the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy were adapted for use in older adults

    Further, Dr. Mulsant, in conjunction with Drs. Daniel Blumberger, Zahinoor Ismail, Kiran Rabheru and Mark Rapoport, led a workshop on developing an algorithmic approach to pharmacotherapy of late-life depression (LLD). Participants described their approaches to treatment of LLD at various stages of treatment and tried to integrate this into a stepped-care approach to treatment.

    Concurrent paper sessions focused on a number of common themes, including use of technology, psychotropic medication, health systems issues and some controversial topics. Finally, the CAGP Fellowship Award was given to Dr. Jennifer Brault, who presented her ongoing research into “Exogenous Melatonin for Insomnia in Older Adults a Meta-analysis.” She described the research methodology and her plans for future research. The Outstanding Contributions in Geriatric Psychiatry Award was shared by Drs. Melissa Andrew and Catherine Shea for their devoted and successful efforts over many years to have geriatric psychiatry officially recognized at the Royal College level.

    In summary, the CAGP ASM was successful in providing current and up-to-date education in geriatric psychiatry, with a focus on new approaches and treatments.

    At the time of writing this we are less than two weeks away from the two-day 2014 CAGP Annual Scientific Meeting partnered with the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health in Toronto, Ontario, entitled: Innovations in Seniors’ Mental Health Care: Insights From the Frontiers of Research and Service Delivery. 

    We are looking forward to an exciting and informative two days for the CAGP ASM jointly held with the CCSMH. This year’s meeting features many important multidisciplinary updates and information for those working in the field of seniors’ mental health. Our keynote and plenary speakers cover a wide range of topics related to geriatric mental health. On the first day Dr. David Goldbloom, Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada will be giving a keynote address speaking on seniors’ mental health: A Perspective from the Mental Health Commission of Canada. The plenary talk on day one of the meeting will be given by Dr. Joel Sadavoy, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, and Inaugural CAGP President. He will be speaking on the very innovative approach to helping caregivers of patients with dementia entitled “Training Caregivers of Patients with Dementia.” Our second day will kick off with a keynote address from Dr. Eric Lenze, Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis, and a leading expert in Late-Life Anxiety Disorders will give a very practical and instructive talk entitled “Managing Anxiety in Older Adults: 8 Simple Rules.” Finally, 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. Conference attendees will also have an opportunity to take a trip to Stratford to see a highly rated performance of King Lear arranged by the CAGP. We also have a wide range of symposia, workshops and paper presentations that cover the spectrum of topics from innovative experimental medicine approaches to understanding late-life mental disorders to creative psychotherapeutic approaches for grief and late-life depression.

    The most notable challenge this year is the lower than expected sponsorship engagement. This may be related to the small turnout at last year’s meeting. However, sponsors have been very reluctant to support “geriatric” meetings due to a surge in negative press in the US over the last year. The committee engaged in multiple strategies to engage sponsors with little success. Alternative strategies and early engagement are planned for the 2015 meeting on September 30 in Vancouver to address the decline in sponsorship for the meeting. We have been able to obtain a very generous sponsorship from the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Overall, registration for the meeting has been strong with 203 registrants so far, in spite of the meeting occurring after the first week of return from summer vacation.

     The CAGP and CCSMH would like to thank the sponsors of the 2014 Annual Scientific meeting:




    Daniel M. Blumberger,

     MD, MSc, FRCPC

  • 03 Nov 2014 10:15 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    The 2015 BC Psychogeriatric Annual Meeting will be held in Kamloops, BC, April 24-25. The conference title is “Maintaining the Momentum: Sustaining Initiatives in Older Adult Mental Health”. This is also an appropriate theme for this update as my colleagues and I reflect on new developments within the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at UBC and initiatives at the health authority and provincial level.

    Our last update ended with a big thank you to Dr. Martha Donnelly for her leadership in this field both academically, provincially and nationally. Martha stepped down from the role of Head of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at UBC. Dr. Michael Wilkins-Ho has taken over and the transition has been seamless. The Division continues to link with sites around the province via monthly Geriatric Psychiatry Videoconference Rounds. This September brings CADRE rounds (Current Areas of Division Research Endeavours), which will use this videoconference network to showcase the academic and research projects by the subspecialty residents and division members

    The Subspecialty Resident Training Program in Geriatric Psychiatry is in its third year and currently has four residents. It completed its internal review this year with favourable results, although secured position funding remains a challenge.

    The University of British Columbia, Department of Psychiatry has created the position of Oversight Director to develop the geriatric psychiatry rotation experience for resident training across distributed sites in the province.

    Many exciting initiatives that directly impact on the care of older adults with mental health problems and illnesses are occurring in the province. The BC Dementia Action Plan is being updated this fall. It will provide a strategic framework for dementia care over the next three years.

    Development of an educated dementia care work force is a major priority for all of us who practise in the field of older adult mental health. P.I.E.C.E.S. a Model for Collaborative Care and Changing Practice is a learning and development program for professionals who provide care for individuals with complex cognitive and mental health needs. The Kamloops Integrated P.I.E.C.E.S. Initiative and Residential Care in the province continue to bring this training to registered staff. This year the UBC Tertiary Geriatric Psychiatry Committee is hosting a P.I.E.C.E.S. Facilitator development workshop, which will allow us to implement it in our tertiary mental health sites. The goal is to develop a cadre of facilitators who can then collaborate in leading the 24 hour P.I.E.C.E.S. program in each of the five health authorities. The expansion of the program will bring a common vision, language and approach. This will surely help those persons with the lived experience of mental health problems and illnesses as they transition between the different parts of the continuum of care.

    Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA) is a practical dementia education program that targets all staff including health care aides on how to respond respectfully and with confidence to those who present with dementia responsive behaviours. This program is gaining traction in our residential and tertiary mental health sites.

    The BC Patient Safety and Quality Council (BCPSQC) launched their CLeAR (Call for Less Antipsychotics in Residential Care) initiative early this year. The goal is to reduce the overall prescription use of antipsychotics in people with dementia related responsive behaviours and ensure that they are used appropriately. The BCPSQC is supporting more than 50 residential care facilities in the development of individual quality improvement projects with this goal in mind. This initiative has created great excitement as it promotes a consistent approach to assessment, education and psychosocial interventions. P.I.E.C.E.S. and GPA are recognized as important initiatives in achieving this culture change.

    Following the development of the BC Best Practice Guideline for Accommodating and Managing BPSD in residential care in 2013, the Ministry of Health co-ordinated an inter-professional collaborative of more than 30 health care professionals to expand and refine the Interior Health Authority BPSD algorithm. A consensual decision-making process was developed and guided by Elisabeth Antifeau (Chair). The updated algorithm is a comprehensive, one-stop resource for a person-centred care approach to BPSD. The BCPSQC moved the algorithm from paper to a web/smart device friendly tool and actively promotes its use as part of the CLeAR initiative.

    The purpose of its development is to provide nurses, family practitioners and allied health professionals involved with the care of those suffering from dementia related responsive behaviours with best practice recommendations for assessment, evidence-based assessment tools and support material. It is also a good teaching tool for medical students and residents. It has two main parts: Part 1 – Interdisciplinary Decisional and Practice Support for BPSD (Assessment, Problem Solving, Care Planning) and Part 2 – Reassessment with Family Physician or Nurse Practitioner for BPSD (Re-assessment, Medication Options, Monitoring). Feedback on its design and utility is welcome and can be given on the web-site shown below.

    Check out!  

    Carol Ward, MD

    CAGP Board Member representing BC

  • 03 Nov 2014 10:09 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    2013 has been a year of transition and change! In September 2013, Bonnie Schroeder was selected as the new director taking over from Kim Wilson, who dedicated eight years of her career to CCSMH. In the words of one Steering Committee member: “Kim brought tremendous enthusiasm” to the role and organization.

    The Eliminating Stigma: A Focus on Seniors’ Mental Health project, fundied by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), developed, piloted and evaluated a workshop intervention for health care providers. Its purpose was to reduce stigma experienced by older adults living with mental health problems or illnesses. The workshop included a social contact component through the use of video stories of lived experience of mental illness. Rosalyn’s story shares her experience being hospitalized with severe depression and the sense of wisdom and meaning she has found in recovery. The report and video will be made available in the fall of 2014.

    Suicide prevention continues to be a strong priority area in the mental health field. The Public Health Agency of Canada held consultations related to the Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada supported the development of the National Collaborative of Suicide Prevention. In late 2013, the reality of suicide prevention in later life was widespread in the media with an older couple who died by suicide, bringing attention to the higher suicide rates among older adults, particularly older men.

    Partner Highlights

    As a Coalition, we are only as strong as our members and partners. Here are a few of their highlights:

    • Dr. Marnin Heisel was awarded a three-year Movember Grant in late 2013. He will study the effect of support groups for men of retirement age and their risk of suicide. 
    • Social isolation is the new priority for the National Seniors Council. The Council will assess how social isolation affects seniors and explore ways to prevent and reduce it.
    • The Canadian Geriatric Society released the Hospital Discharge Guide for Older Adults and Their Families. The goal of this guide is to help patients and their families participate in planning the discharge home and to make the transition from hospital a safe one.

    Looking Ahead                                                                                            

    As a Coalition, we are at a crossroads in fulfilling our mandate to promote seniors’ mental health by connecting people, ideas and resources. We play a unique role in the sector at the intersection of mental health and aging. Building on our successes, we will be continually challenged to work collaboratively and creatively with partners to protect and promote the mental health and wellbeing of older Canadians. 

  • 03 Nov 2014 10:07 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    2013-2014 was a challenging time for the CAGP with continued deficit and a changing year end. Due to new federal regulations, we had to change our year end from December 31 to May 31. This has resulted in reporting of financials on both a calendar year and a fiscal year basis during this transition year so as to be able to track relatively to previous years but to future deadlines.

    The reality of our successful lobbying for a Royal College subspecialty leads us to need to review our future strategic directions and how our financial resources are allocated. Struggles with our identity as an organization in the changing times around us lead us to need to both ask and answer questions. We had another Strategic Planning Session this year to further our exploration of why we exist, for whom and to what ends. From this strategy have come our financial commitments to the National Review Course, our annual general meeting and our new management contract with Secretariat Central.

    Our annual deficit of $97,745 (December 31, 2013) while concerning is a small amount relative to our net assets of $480,851. We remain focused on achieving a balanced budget over the coming years and this will follow from a critical review of the above mentioned broad strategic directions, organizational identity and prudent financial stewardship.

    Dr. Barry Campbell


  • 03 Nov 2014 10:04 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    The CAGP Trainee Committee was formed in 2012 with the goal of creating opportunities and support for Member-in-Training (MIT) CAGP members. The three key objectives of the trainee strategy initiative are:

    1.           Recruitment of future geriatric psychiatrists.

    2.           Provide networking opportunities for the MIT members of the CAGP.

    3.           Increase the profile of the CAGP among members-in-training.

    Over the past year the Trainee Committee has further developed our initiatives for members-in-training set out in 2012. For the third year in a row the CAGP offered complimentary memberships to psychiatry residents, geriatric psychiatry subspecialty residents and medical students under the category of MIT.

    We have continued to update our Facebook page and continue to use social media as a way of communicating with MIT members. Currently we have 86 followers of the CAGP Facebook page.

    The CAGP provided three $500 bursaries for psychiatry residents and one $500 bursary was awarded to a medical student to attend the CCSMH-CAGP Joint Scientific Meeting on September 9-10, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario. Two bursaries were awarded to senior residents or fellows to attend the CAGP National Review Course in Geriatric Psychiatry on September 7-8 in Toronto, Ontario. We will continue to distribute a brief questionnaire to trainees who receive a travel bursary with the goal of assessing whether or not the trainee strategy has been effective over the long term at attracting residents to the field of geriatric psychiatry.

    A number of trainee initiatives will occur at the Annual Scientific Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, on September 9, 2014. A CAGP Members-In-Training Breakfast will be held and will include a presentation on the subspecialization of geriatric psychiatry by Drs. Andrew and Shea. The breakfast will also provide networking opportunities with fellow MIT members, geriatric psychiatry program directors and university leaders. A CAGP trainee social event will be held on the night of Wednesday, September 10 to provide an opportunity for meeting and networking with other trainees interested in geriatric psychiatry. The MIT members will wear badges at the Joint Scientific Meeting to increase their visibility and allow CAGP members to network with our MIT members.

    The CAGP has collaborated with the Canadian Medical Students National Geriatric Interest Group (NGIG) to develop a yearly newsletter publication for medical students interested in geriatrics. The most recent edition of the NGIG publication included topics focused on geriatric psychiatry. A copy of the publication can be accessed

    An oral workshop will be presented at the CCSMH-CAGP Joint Scientific meeting in Toronto, Ontario to explore the results of the CAGP survey titled “Assessment of Residents’ Needs and Attitudaes 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 at the Joint Scientific meeting. Dr. Soham Rej and Dr. Vincent Laliberté, psychiatry residents at McGill University, have spearheaded this project with the bold leadership and kind support of colleagues from the CAGP.

    I would like to thank all of the members of the Trainee Strategy Initiative Subcommittee for their contributions over the past year. Dr. Catherine Shea will be stepping down from our committee this year and we would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her significant contribution to the Trainee Strategy Initiative over the past two years .

    Marla Davidson, MD, FRCPC

    CAGP Co-chair, Trainee Strategy Committee


  • 03 Nov 2014 9:53 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    The CAGP's third National Review Course in Geriatric Psychiatry is a two-day course held before the CAGP 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting. It is intended as a practical update or part of preparing for the Royal College Geriatric Subspecialty examination. Past iterations of this course have led to it receiving the 2014 CPA-COPCE award for Most Outstanding Continuing Education Activity in Psychiatry in Canada.

    We had planned and budgeted for 75 attendees but close to 150 attendees have registered.

    This year’s course includes the following topics and presenters:

    •  Assessment of MCI and Dementia – A. Wiens
    • Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia and Their Management – D. Seitz
    • Assessing Capacity in the Elderly C. Cohen
    • Sleep Disorders in the Elderly - C. Reynolds III
    • Recognition and Assessment of Depression in Late-Life B. Mulsant
    • Delirium from three perspectives: Geriatric Psychiatry, Geriatric Medicine and Family Medicine – G. Heckman,
    • A. Moser, M. Rapoport
    • A Sneak Preview of the Canadian Coalition on Seniors’ Mental Health Guidelines – M. Gibson
    • Psychopharmacology
    • Antipsychotics and Adverse Drug Reactions N. Herrmann
    • Antidepressants in Late-Life B. Mulsant
    • Psychopharmacology in the Frail Elderly Medically Ill – S. Sockalingam
    • Psychotherapy: Problem Solving Therapy (PST) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – D. Seitz and
    • KL. Cassidy
    • Changes with Normal Aging: Physiology, Pharmacology, Psychosocial, Cognition and Neurologic – G. Heckman and M. Rapoport
    • Sexuality in Old Age C. Grief

    The program was developed in monthly meetings since the 2013 CAGP ASM in Ottawa with consultation and/or survey and/or feedback from the 2013 Review Course to CAGP members, select family physicians and geriatricians. This has (hopefully) ensured that we are delivering on our promise to make the educational program relevant and interesting to geriatricians and family physicians wanting to improve and update their knowledge base in geriatric mental health.  

     The Planning Committee was made up of the following:

    • Andrew Wiens, MD, Chair
    • Mark Rapoport, MD, Co-chair
    • Dallas Seitz, MD, Co-chair
    • George Heckman, MD, representative for geriatric medicine
    • Andrea Moser MD, representative for family medicine.

    The Toronto National Review Course would not be possible without the support of the entire CAGP board led by Dr. Rapoport, as well as the hard-working administrative team of Ms. Dora Iskander, Ms. Laurel Honeyford and Ms. Maria Kardaris of Secretarial Central. Over the past few months they have been working very long hours finalizing all preparations, communicating with the Eaton Chelsea Toronto, answering questions from members and attendees and dealing with administrative issues.

    There are some gaps in the program topics that we simply couldn't cover in a two-day course. We are also encouraging attendees to participate in the popular CAGP Online Study Group, which will cover the topics from the Review Course in some more detail, as well as many additional ones from November 2014 to August 2015.

    We will be seeking feedback to help prepare for the future of this educational program that will be return as the “CAGP Update in Geriatric Psychiatry” with a main thrust of providing quality Continuing Professional Development in Geriatric Psychiatry. The name change will allow us to access a pool of presenters who up until now have not been permitted to participate in an “exam-preparation course” by virtue of their membership on a Royal College exam related committee, or are themselves exam markers. 

    Andrew Wiens, MD, FRCPC

    CAGP Chair, National Review Course in Geriatric Psychiatry

  • 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

    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

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

    To view complete conference details please click here: IFCC Specialized Conference_2014.pdf

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