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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

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