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  • 09 Jul 2014 10:15 AM | CAGP (Administrator)
    We are looking forward to an exciting and informative two days for the CAGP Annual Scientific meeting jointly held with the CCSMH. Our keynote and plenary speakers cover a wide range of topics related to geriatric mental health. Dr. David Goldbloom, Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada will be speaking on Seniors’ Mental Health: A Perspective from the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Dr. Eric Lenze, Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis, and leading expert in Late-Life Anxiety Disorders will give a very practical and instructive talk on Managing Anxiety in Older Adults: 8 Simple Rules. 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. Dr. Joel Sadavoy, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Inaugural CAGP President, will be speaking on a very innovative approach to helping caregivers of patients with dementia entitled Training Caregivers of Patients with Dementia. We also have a wide range of symposia, workshops and paper presentations, which cover the spectrum of topics from innovative experimental medicine approaches to understanding late life mental disorders to creative psychotherapeutic for grief and late-life depression.

    Save the date for our upcoming conference on September 30, 2015, hosted in Vancouver, B.C.

    For more information and registration click here.

    Daniel M. Blumberger, MD, MSc, FRCPC


  • 09 Jul 2014 10:13 AM | CAGP (Administrator)
    Ninety people have already registered for the 3rd National Review Course in Geriatric Psychiatry. We are especially pleased that this course was awarded the 2014 CPA-COPCE award for “Most Outstanding Continuing Education Activity in Psychiatry in Canada.” Over the two days just before the CCSMH-CAGP Annual Scientific Meeting, 16 speakers will be covering major topics in geriatric psychiatry chosen based on a needs assessment of last year’s attendees and a survey of the full CAGP membership. So far, every year for the course has had some “favourite” repeats as well as new presentations: Day 1 will focus on diagnosis and treatment of delirium, dementia and depression, as well as assessment of capacity; Our international guest speaker will be Dr. Charles F. Reynolds III from the University of Pittsburgh discussing the topic of Sleep Disorders in the Elderly. Day two will feature morning sessions on antidepressants and antipsychotics, each with presentations geared to three different groups: psychiatrists/geriatricians, family physicians and allied-health professionals. The afternoon will include sessions on psychotherapy, changes with aging and sexuality.

    For more information and registration click here.

    Andrew Wiens, MD, FRCPC


  • 09 Jul 2014 10:09 AM | CAGP (Administrator)
    The Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at McMaster University, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and St. Joseph’s Health Care Hamilton have nine full-time geriatric psychiatrists and three part-time geriatric psychiatrists on staff to serve approximately 230,000 seniors needing care for mental illness living in their own homes or within the more than 50 LTCHs across LHIN 4 and 6. We moved into our new home base, the brand new state of the art West 5th campus of St. Joseph’s Health Care in February 2014. The new facilities include integrated ambulatory, outreach and inpatient services, and a dedicated research and education pod with access to conference facilities. The clinical area consists of a beautiful clinic space with facilities for group and exercise activities, and two new inpatient units (36 beds). This exciting initiative incorporates many architectural features aimed at improving the quality of life for seniors and their caregivers. The clinical services in Hamilton are well integrated with our outreach teams in the Niagara, Brant and Halton regions. New initiatives include a plan to expand the ECT service to include a dedicated seniors service, an expansion of our treatment options to include memory intervention programs for both normal aging and for cognitively impaired seniors across our regional programs, and to establish a training program for clinical staff on cognitive rehabilitation techniques in order to enhance skills of clinicians and increase the sustainability of such programs. Our regional programs serve as leaders promoting and enabling the provincial BSO initiatives across the care continuum.

    The academic division has been active in educational initiatives. The documents to accredit a RCPS subspecialty training program in geriatric psychiatry have been submitted to the college and we hope to have our first trainee in the next academic year. We continue to provide core rotations for the eight psychiatry residents per year, geriatric medicine fellows and a large number of core and elective clinical clerks. We have implemented an annual Continuing Education Day in Geriatric Mental Health in our new conference centre. The research activities within the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry have focused on providing self-management supports for individuals with dementia, examining the process of culture change within long-term care homes and community settings, enhancing palliative care in long-term care homes, and enhancing mental health services for home care clients. Dr. Carrie McAiney is currently a co-principal investigator on a $1M Community University Research Alliance study funded through SSHRC as well as a CIHR-funded study, and serves as a co-investigator on a number of other studies funded by CIHR, the MOHLTC and SSHRC. Members of the Division as well as the broader clinical service are involved in supervising undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of research and quality improvement projects.

    Karen Saperson, MBChB, FRCPC
    Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Education
    Academic Head Division of Geriatric Psychiatry

    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences

    Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine
    Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University


  • 09 Jul 2014 10:06 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Division members continue to be actively involved in a number of exciting clinical initiatives. Dr. Carole Cohen and Dr. Joel Sadavoy remain active in the Behavioural Support for Seniors Program in the Toronto Central LHIN (TCLHIN). Dr. Cohen continues to lead the long-term care (LTC) sector and the community sector of this strategy. Dr. Sadavoy continues to chair the Toronto Central LHIN Education Consortium. Dr. Cohen assisted with the preparation of the Psychogeriatric Review for the TCLHIN and has been active in the North East Health Link as a member of the Advisory Council. Dr. Cohen also chairs the Better Care Committee, which oversees the development of a tracking system to identify patients who are high users of ED or inpatient services at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Cohen and Dr. Sadavoy are members of the North West Toronto Health Links Steering Group and Dr. Sadavoy remains involved with the Reitman Centre, which has seen significant expansion over the past year. The centre focuses on training caregivers of patients with dementia and has now expanded into two community settings (St. Christopher’s House for the Portuguese community and SPRINT) in addition to providing formal training for all care coordinators in the Toronto Central CCAC. In recognition of its accomplishments the Reitman Centre Training Program for Health Care Professionals was awarded the prestigious University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine Ivan Silver Award for Innovation in Continuing Professional Development. The centre also remains actively involved in both research and policy development.

    Division members are active in all aspects of the undergraduate curriculum. In postgraduate education, the Division trained residents in mandatory training positions, geriatric psychiatry subspecialty residents and fellows. For each six-month block of the PGY3 core geriatric psychiatry core rotation, there was a monthly centralized seminar series led by various faculty members in the Division. Geriatric psychiatry was successfully accredited as a subspecialty at the University of Toronto and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in February 2012. An internal review was conducted in April 2014 and the program was successful. The first resident graduated this academic year and three more residents will graduate in December 2014. The program has accepted three residents for the 2014-15 academic year with two residents from Toronto and one from Quebec. Members of the Division that participated in the Geriatric Psychiatry Residency Program Committee were Corinne Fischer, Ilan Fischler, Peter Giaccobe, Robert Madan (Chair/Program Director), Tarek Rajji, Mark Rapoport, Leslie Wiesenfeld and Vincent Woo. The Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty residents were represented on this committee as well. Darcy O’Brien received this year’s Division of Geriatric Psychiatry Resident Award.Substantial progress continues to be made in many areas of research in part due to the success of the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance (TDRA) established by the Toronto Academic Health Science Network. The TDRA is an academic coalition of the five memory/dementia clinics affiliated with the University of Toronto (Baycrest, CAMH, St. Michael’s Hospital, Sunnybrook Hospital and University Health Network) and the Faculty of Medicine of the University. The TDRA has fostered increased collaboration, which has resulted in another year with considerable increase in external funding to Division investigators. The thematic highlights of Division collaborative projects include cognitive impairment in late life bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia; depression and coronary artery disease, genetic and therapeutic studies in traumatic brain damage; imaging of brain inflammation as well as dopamine, serotonin and muscarinic receptors in a variety of late-life conditions and amyloid deposition in Alzheimer’s disease and fronto-temporal dementia; pharmacotherapy of dementia and related psychiatric symptoms; psychotic depression; the relation between affective disorders and balance and mobility; and neuroplasticity studies across the lifespan using brain stimulation techniques.

    One major accomplishment for our Division this past year is a $10M award by Brain Canada to conduct a randomized controlled trial to prevent Alzheimer’s dementia in older patients with depression or mild cognitive impairment. This five-year project will be led by CAMH and includes all other four TDRA sites.

    Bruce G Pollock, MD, PhD, FRCPC
    Professor, Psychiatry & Pharmacology
    Director, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry
    University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine

  • 09 Jul 2014 10:04 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    The Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at Western University continues to be very active on all academic fronts. Regarding research, Dr. Akshya Vasudev (PI), Dr. Amer Burhan (Co-I), Dr. Stephen Wetmore (Co-I, family medicine) and their research team were successful in securing a grant application from the AMOSO innovation fund (200,000 over two years) to study automatic self-transcending meditation compared to treatment as usual for depression in seniors. The project will recruit participants over two years (2014-2016).

    Dr. Subramanian, Dr. Varapravan and Dr. Rybak are collaborating with Dr. Burhan to expand the use of the Virtual Interactive Case Program (VIC) to different competencies in psychiatric education. They were awarded the 2014-2015 Fellowship in Teaching Innovation from Western teaching support centre to study the validity and feasibility of VIC in enhancing suicide risk assessment by medical students.

    Regarding education, Dr. Elizabeth Finger, Cognitive Neurology, was guest speaker for the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, spring CPD Rounds, moderated by Dr. Burhan. She gave an update on fronto-temporal dementia and the overlap with psychiatric disorders following a case presentation by Dr. Manujaya Maldeniya (PGY2 psychiatry).

    The South Western Ontario Geriatric Assessment Network (SWOGAN), held its annual spring team exchange and networking event on May 27, 2014. With leadership and support from the divisions of geriatric medicine and geriatric psychiatry, this event hosted more than 100 health care providers with a focus on the care of the elderly. An expert panel discussed topics such as consent and capacity, including guest speaker Dr. Amer Burhan who discussed psychiatric and cognitive issues related to Parkinson’s disease, which was the theme of the day.

    The Division members Dr. Amer Burhan and Dr. Lisa Van Bussel are contributing to the development for the Centre of Cognitive Vitality and Brain Health at Parkwood Hospital. This centre brings together the expertise of the disciplines of geriatric medicine, psychiatry, neurology and physical medicine to advance research, education and service delivery as it relates to those who suffer from or are at risk of cognitive disorders. Thus far, the centre has hosted three grand round events with speakers including Professor Adrian M. Owen, Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, on the topic of Harnessing the Power of the World Wide Web for Cognitive Assessment.

    The Division is in planning stages for its 12th Annual Geriatric Psychiatry Symposium for November 2014. Planned keynote speakers include Dr. Anton Porteinsson, clinical trials expert in dementia, and Ms. Judith Wahl, lawyer in the field of older adults.

    Dr. Doering and Division members have completed the application for the subspecialty residency in Geriatric Psychiatry at Schulich and the application will be submitted to the Royal College by the end of June. We anticipate potential approval by fall 2014 and potentially accept our first resident to this program in 2015.

    Amer M. Burhan, MBChB, MScCH candidate, FRCPC (Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry),
    Diplomat in Neuropsychiatry Assistant Professor and Acting Chair, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry,
    Schulich/Western University Adjunct Professor (Psychiatry) U of Toronto RCPSC Region 3 (Ontario) CPD Educator 519-4555110 x47326

  • 16 Jun 2014 4:21 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    The Canadian Geriatrics Journal has just published its latest issue at We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and items of interest.

    Thanks for the continuing interest in our work, Ken Madden Phone 604-875-4931 Fax 604-875-5696

    Canadian Geriatrics Journal

    Vol 17, No 2 (2014)

    Table of Contents

  • 16 Jun 2014 3:52 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    The Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty Programs across Canada (Toronto, BC, Ottawa) have confirmed the 2014 Subspecialty Application Timeline as follows:

    Proposed 2014 Subspecialty Application Timeline

    Application Submission Deadline  - September 15, 2014

    Notification of Interviews - October 1, 2014

    Applicant Interviews - Week of October 20th

    Letters of Offer to Applicants - November 14, 2014

    Deadline to Return Signed Letters of Offer Confirming Acceptance of Position - November 21, 2014


  • 10 Jun 2014 1:29 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Registration now available!

     PRCP 2014 conference hosted in Vancouver in October 2014!  To register visit the website: before July 4 to receive the discount rates!

    Now available on the PRCP website:

    -          Review the keynote presenters

    -          Book your Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Room now!

    -          The 2014 conference theme

    -          Review the tentative program outline and presentations

    -          Travel info for Vancouver, Canada

    -          Check out the Gala dinner entertainment “Delhi to Dublin”

    -          See what other tours you can do pre and post conference in the surrounding Vancouver area

    -          Information on pre/post the study tours

    -          Review committee members and conference supporters

    -          Contact info for questions

     Join us on Oct 5-7, 2014! We look forward to welcoming the PRCP to Vancouver!


    Dr. Soma Ganesan and Dr. Hiram Mok (2014 Conference Co-Chairs)

    & the PRCP Local Organizing Committee

    Questions? Contact us:

    Conference Secretariat: Division of Continuing Professional Development

    UBC Faculty of Medicine

    The University of British Columbia

    855 W 10th Ave, Vancouver BC, V5Z 1L7, CANADA

    Tel: +1(604) 875-5101

    Fax: +1(604) 875-5078



  • 28 May 2014 11:01 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    The AAGP Annual Meeting is the premier educational event in geriatric mental health care, providing the latest information on clinical care, research on aging and mental health, and models of care.

    The theme of the 2015 Annual Meeting is Interprofessional Practice: Working Together to Meet the Mental Health Needs of Older Adults. Join us for the 2015 Annual Meeting to be held March 27-30 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    For more information please click here.

  • 03 Apr 2014 3:43 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Dear colleagues,

    I hope that you will consider completing the 2014 National Physician Survey which will be available later this month.  With geriatric psychiatry representing a new subspecialty, it is important that we get some national data about our current practices. This year, they are focusing at the use and impact of information technology on physicians in Canada.  Last year's survey results are are available here. Please see the announcement below.

    Mark Rapoport, MD, FRCPC

    President, CAGP

    Calling Canadian Physicians! Add your voice to Canada’s largest physician workforce survey!

    The current National Physician Survey (NPS) launched in April. We encourage all physicians in Canada to participate. This year, the survey is looking at the use and impact of information technology on physicians in Canada. This is your chance to provide important information that will help shape the future of health care in Canada, and become eligible to earn CPD credits.

    The survey will take only 15 – 20 minutes to complete and all responses will remain confidential.

    Participate and you could win one of two $1,000 prizes! Visit to learn more and to complete the survey.


    Appel à tous les médecins du Canada! Ajoutez votre voix au plus important sondage sur les effectifs médicaux au Canada!

    Le Sondage national des médecins (SNM) a été lancé en avril. Nous encourageons tous les médecins du Canada à y répondre. Cette année, le sondage met l’accent sur l’utilisation des technologies de l’information par les médecins au Canada et l’impact de ces technologies. Profitez de cette occasion pour fournir de l’information importante qui aidera à façonner l’avenir des soins de santé au Canada. Vous serez également admissible à des crédits de DPC.

    Il ne vous faudra que 15 à 20 minutes pour répondre au questionnaire. Toutes les réponses demeureront confidentielles.

    Répondez au sondage pour courir la chance de gagner un des deux prix de 1 000 $. Visitez pour de plus amples renseignements et pour répondre au sondage.

    Posted: April 3, 2014 

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