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 http://canadiangeriatrics.ca/students/index.cfm/interest-groups/ngig-publication/
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