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National Review Course in Geriatrics Psychiatry - Dr. Andrew Wiens

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

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