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  • 09 Apr 2015 3:59 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Prairies Update: Saskatchewan

    Greetings from Saskatoon!  Drs. Davidson, Prasad and Thorpe are very excited to welcome Dr. Alanna Baillod to our team of geriatric psychiatrists in Saskatoon.  Alanna completed her PGY6 year at the University of Ottawa and returned to Saskatoon in the fall of 2014.  This has increased our cohort of geriatric psychiatrists to 4 and has provided opportunities to expand our current delivery of services. As a group we continue to work in collaboration with the Seniors Health and Continuing Care Behaviour Support Team and Mental Health and Addictions Services seniors program community mental health nurses (CMHN) to form the Seniors Mental Health Outreach Team. 

    Over the past three years we have been focused on developing capacity in long term care.  Currently seniors’ health has been identified as a priority within the Saskatoon Health Region and province of Saskatchewan. Members of our team participated in the Provincial Seniors Strategy with the ministry of health to look at improving care for seniors in Saskatchewan.  Our team also participated in “Client Service Mapping-Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan-Seniors Mental Health” with the Ministry of Health to review the current and future state of mental health service delivery for seniors with the end deliverable being recommendations to be considered by the Mental Health commissioner. Members of our team are collaborating with Home Care to provide geriatric psychiatry services within the community through a pilot project called “Home First.” The project’s goal is to keep seniors in their home longer with enhanced services from home care, which includes support from the Seniors’ Program Community Mental Health Nurse and a geriatric psychiatrist.  This project will be part of a larger “Seniors House Call” project that is focused on Emergency Department flow and reduced wait times.

    As we are well below benchmarks for the recommended composition of a geriatric mental health team, we have advocated for increased recruitment of geriatric psychiatrists and increases in staffing for the outreach team with nurses and social work.  We have achieved some success as we have obtained administrative support and we developed a centralized intake process to streamline long term care consultations for geriatric psychiatry and the behaviour support team and received an additional 1FTE community mental health nurse. 

    As a team we are looking forward to expanding clinical geriatric services in the Saskatoon Health Region and continuing the positive momentum of senior leadership and the ministry recognizing the importance of seniors’ mental health.

    Marla Davidson MD, FRCP(C) 

    Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan


  • 09 Apr 2015 3:48 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Acualities au Quebec

    English version to follow

    Le printemps est plutôt agité au Québec, dans un contexte de restriction budgétaire et d’austérité, et divers bouleversements politiques sont en cours avec l’application dès le 1 avril 205 par Le Ministre de la Santé et des Services Sociaux du Québec, le Dr Gaétan Barrette, du projet de loi 10, la Loi modifiant l’organisation et la gouvernance du réseau de la santé et des services sociaux (abolition des agences régionales, création d’établissements à mission élargie et implantation d’une gestion à deux niveaux hiérarchiques) afin de favoriser et de simplifier l’accès aux services pour la population, de contribuer à l’amélioration de la qualité et de la sécurité des soins et d’accroître l’efficience et l’efficacité de ce réseau. Le projet de loi instaure une nouvelle gouvernance pour les établissements régionaux et suprarégionaux, (membres  nommés par le ministre) et accorde de nouveaux pouvoirs au ministre.

    Et puis vient le projet de loi 20, Loi favorisant l’accès aux services de médecine de famille et de médecine spécialisée et modifiant diverses dispositions législatives en matière de procréation assistée. Cette loi prévoit certaines obligations applicables à la pratique des médecins qui participent au régime d’assurance maladie du Québec (suivi médical d’un nombre minimal de patients pour les omnipraticiens, nombre minimal de consultations ailleurs qu’au service d’urgence d’un établissement pour les spécialistes, exigences pour assurer aux patients une continuité des soins). À défaut pour un médecin de se conformer à ces obligations, cette loi prévoit la réduction de sa rémunération par la Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec.

    Soucieux d’inclure les gérontopsychiatres dans ce vigoureux processus, l’Association des Médecins Psychiatres du Québec (AMPQ) supporte l’idée de protéger nos postes spécifiques en gérontopsychiatrie. Le groupe de travail est dirigé par la Dre Jessica Roy-Desruisseaux, présidente du nouveau comité de gérontopsychiatrie de l'AMPQ que nous remercions pour son implication assidue. Ce comité travaille de concert avec le comité des effectifs médicaux de l'AMPQ pour demander au MSSS de reconnaître les PEM en gérontopsychiatrie pour les plans quinquennaux 2016-2020. L’AMPQ a répertorié 65 psychiatres avec pratique principale en gérontopsychiatrie au Québec dont 30 certifiés. 2 autres gérontopsychiatres certifiés pratiquent en psychiatrie adulte. 2 R6 à Montréal ont un poste et s'ajouterons aux effectifs et une R6 à Toronto est sans poste signé.

    Également, le Collège des Médecins du Québec étudie depuis juin 2014 la reconnaissance officielle de la gérontopsychiatrie comme surspécialité. Le tout sera officialisé par la modification du Règlement sur les spécialités médicales à un moment qui nous est malheureusement inconnu.

    Comme vous pourrez le voir sur notre site internet, le Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux du Québec a mis en ligne un très apprécié guide de pratique portant sur la démence et les symptômes comportementaux et psychologiques de la démence (SCPD), des capsules de formation sur les SCPD et différents outils SCPD. Cet important groupe de travail (comité SCPD) formé par le MSSS est représenté par les 4 universités québécoises  et est chapauté par la Dre Marie-André Bruneau que nous remercions pour son travail chevronné. Voici les liens internet qui seront également disponibles sous peu sur le site de l’ACGP :

    Le nouveau programme de surspécialité en gérontopsychiatrie de l’Université de Montréal accueille avec enthousiasme depuis 2014 deux résidentes, les Dres Cynthia Bellavance et Maryse Turcotte.

    D’autres universités québécoises sont actuellement à l’œuvre pour obtenir un programme de suspécialité en gérontopsychiatrie. L’Université McGill travaille actuellement à des modifications sur son programme présenté au CRMCC et un dépôt prochain auprès du CRMCC serait en cours  pour l'Université Laval.

    Le 2e congrès québécois sur la maladie d’Alzheimer à l'automne 2014 à Québec fut un franc succès, a regroupé plusieurs disciplines dont  des gérontopsychiatres. Le 3e congrès québécois sur la maladie d’Alzheimer et les maladies apparentées est prévu en 2016 à Sherbrooke.

    Enfin, plusieurs collègues sont actifs côté recherche. Entre autres, Dr Stéphane Richard-Devantoy et son équipe continuent leurs activités de recherche portant sur les bases neurocognitives de la vulnérabilité suicidaire des personnes âgées déprimées (travail collaboratif au sein du Groupe McGill d'études sur le suicide et du CSSS de Saint-Jérôme), sujet qui avait au préalable fait l’objet d’une revue de littérature (Geriatr Psychol Neuropsychiatr Vieil 2013 ; 11 (4) : 367-78) dont les résultats étaient que les fonctions exécutives, en particulier la prise de décision et l’inhibition cognitive, étaient

    davantage altérées chez les personnes âgées déprimées avec des antécédents de tentative

    de suicide que chez celles sans antécédent de tentative de suicide. Les données de

    l’imagerie cérébrale, qui demandaient à être répliquées, avaient mis en évidence des anomalies des circuits fronto-limbiques associées à la vulnérabilité suicidaire chez la personne âgée indépendamment des conditions psychopathologiques. En conclusion, selon les auteurs, la vulnérabilité suicidaire des personnes âgées était associée à des déficits neurocognitifs. Une évaluation neuropsychologique pourrait ainsi contribuer à détecter la vulnérabilité suicidaire d’une personne âgée déprimée, préalable indispensable à tout plan thérapeutique.

    Nancy Vasil MD FRCPC

    Communications Chair CAGP

    Professeure adjointe de clinique, Université de Montréal

    Regional Update : Quebec

    This spring is proving eventful in Quebec with budget restrictions, austerity and various policy upheavals that are underway. On April 1, 2015, the Quebec Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Gaétan Barrette introduced Bill 10, An Act to Modify the Organization and Governance of the Health and Social Services Network, in Particular by Abolishing the Regional Agencies (creating entities with broader remits and introducing a two-tier management structure) to promote and streamline public access to services, contribute to improving the quality and safety of care, and boost the efficiency and effectiveness of this network. The Bill introduces a new governance structure for regional and supraregional bodies (members appointed by the Minister) and grants new powers to the Minister.

    And then comes Bill 20, An Act to Promote Access to Family and Specialized Medicine Services and Modifying Various Legislation Governing Assisted Conception. This Bill lays down certain obligations applicable to physicians participating in the Quebec health insurance system (medical monitoring of a minimum number of patients for general practitioners, minimum number of non‑emergency consultations, requirements to ensure continuity of care for patients). Where a physician does not comply with these obligations, the Bill provides for reduced remuneration by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ).

    Wishing to ensure that geriatric psychiatrists are included in this rigorous process, the Association des médecins psychiatres du Québec (AMPQ) supports the idea of safeguarding our geriatric psychiatry posts. The working group is led by Dr. Jessica Roy-Desruisseaux, Chair of the AMPQ's new geriatric psychiatry committee, who we would like to thank for her tireless involvement. This committee is working in collaboration with the AMPQ’s committee on medical manpower to request that the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) recognize medical posts in geriatric psychiatry for the five-year plans from 2016 to 2020. The AMPQ lists 65 psychiatrists whose main practice is geriatric psychiatry in Quebec, 30 of whom are certified. Two other certified geriatric psychiatrists practice adult psychiatry. There are two R6s in Montreal who have a post and will be added to the list, and one R6 in Toronto does not have a signed post.

    Furthermore, since June 2014 the Collège des médecins du Québec has been looking into having geriatric psychiatry officially recognized as a subspecialty. This will be formalized by the modification to the regulations governing medical specialization at some point; unfortunately, we do not know when.

    As you can see on our website, the MSSS has posted a much-appreciated practical guide to dementia and the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), training modules on symptoms and various other related tools.  This important working group (BPSD committee) formed by the MSSS is represented by the four universities in Quebec and led by Dr. Marie-André Bruneau, who we would like to thank for the high level of experience she brings to the committee. Please find below the links that will also soon be available on the CAGP website:

    Since 2014, the new subspecialty program in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Montreal has enthusiastically welcomed two residents, Dr. Cynthia Bellavance and Dr. Maryse Turcotte.

    Other Quebec universities are currently working on obtaining a subspecialty program in geriatric psychiatry. McGill University is currently making modifications to its program submitted to the RCPSC, and Laval University will soon be filing one with the RCPSC as well.

    The 2nd Quebec Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease held in Quebec City in the fall of 2014 was a clear success, attracting many disciplines, including geriatric psychiatry. The 3rd Quebec Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders is scheduled for 2016 in Sherbrooke.

    In addition, a number of colleagues are active in research. Dr. Stéphane Richard‑Devantoy and his team, among others, are continuing their research into the neurocognitive markers of suicide vulnerability in the depressed elderly (a collaborative project with the McGill Group for Suicide Studies and the Saint-Jérôme CSSS), a topic previously reviewed in the literature (Geriatr Psychol Neuropsychiatr Vieil. 2013; 11 (4): 367-78), with the following results: executive functions, especially decision-making and cognitive inhibition, were more impaired in the depressed elderly with a history of suicide attempts than in those without such a history. Brain scan data, which needed to be confirmed in further details, showed abnormalities of fronto‑limbic circuits which are involved in suicide vulnerability in the elderly independently of any associated psychopathological conditions including depression.  The authors concluded that suicide vulnerability in the elderly was associated with neurocognitive deficits. A neuropsychological assessment could thus help to identify the suicide vulnerability of a depressed elderly person, a first step for both pharmacological and psychotherapeutic care

    Nancy Vasil MD FRCPC

    Communications Chair CAGP

    Professeure adjointe de clinique, Université de Montréal


  • 26 Jan 2015 2:38 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce our January 2015 CAGP e-Newsletter is now available! 

    To view the e-Newsletter, please click here!

  • 09 Jan 2015 10:48 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Please contact Michele Doeirng at michele.doering@sjhc.london.on.ca 

    for more information. 

  • 17 Nov 2014 10:47 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

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    SAVE THE DATES BELOW!

    Registration OPENS: January 12, 2015

    Early Bird Deadline: March 9, 2015

    Please click here, to visit the conference and abstract registration website!

    Please click here, to view the CGS call for abstracts and for CGS abstract submission.

  • 07 Nov 2014 9:28 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Geriatric Psychiatrist

    Mental Health and Addictions Program

    Eastern Health


    Eastern Health invites applications for the position of Geriatric Psychiatrist, full time, with the Mental Health and Addictions Program of Eastern Health, with the potential for affiliation with Memorial University of Newfoundland. This position is available effective immediately and is a full time permanent position. 

    The Physician will join an established group of Geriatric Psychiatrists who work within the multidisciplinary teams of the Mental Health and Addictions Program.  This position includes opportunities for: 

    1.  Consultation and collaborative care to Eastern Health affiliated nursing homes.

    2.  Consultation, collaborative care, and leadership for the Longer Term Residential and Transitional Care Units at Waterford Hospital, with concentration on developing Dementia Care expertise.

    3. Outpatient Clinic Capacity, participation in Centralized Intake for Geriatric Psychiatry, including the potential for telepsychiatry.

    4.  Participation in the General Adult on call system.

    Interests in Shared Care, Medical Quality and Efficiency, and Clinical teaching would be assets to the successful applicant.

    Normal working hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.  On-Call is currently divided amongst a group of approximately 25 physicians on a point equalization system. 

    There is no overhead, office and administrative support are included. Salary and benefits for this position are to be paid in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement for salaried physicians in Newfoundland and Labrador.

    All applicants must be licensed to practice by the College of  Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and  Labrador and must be granted privileges by Eastern Regional Health Authority.

    For more information regarding Eastern Health and practicing in Newfoundland and  Labrador please visit the following websites: www.easternhealth.ca and www.practicenl.ca. 

    Please send applications with curriculum vitae and names of three references to:

    Sherri-lynn Crouse

    Regional Physician Recruitment Coordinator

    Eastern Health

    Email: sherri.crouse@easternhealth.ca

    Fax # (709) 777-2180


    Geriatric Psychiatrist

    Mental Health and Addictions Program

    Eastern Health

    Eastern Health invites applications for the position of Geriatric Psychiatrist, full time, with the Mental Health and Addictions Program of Eastern Health, with the potential for affiliation with Memorial University of Newfoundland.  This position is available effective immediately and is a full time permanent position. 

    The Physician will join an established group of Geriatric Psychiatrists who work within the multidisciplinary teams of the Mental Health and Addictions Program.  This position includes opportunities for: 

    1.  Consultation and collaborative care to Eastern Health affiliated nursing homes.

    2.  Consultation, collaborative care, and leadership for the Longer Term Residential and Transitional Care Units at Waterford Hospital, with concentration on developing Dementia Care expertise.

    3. Outpatient Clinic Capacity, participation in Centralized Intake for Geriatric Psychiatry, including the potential for telepsychiatry.

    4.  Participation in the General Adult on call system.

    Interests in Shared Care, Medical Quality and Efficiency, and Clinical teaching would be assets to the successful applicant.

    Normal working hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.  On-Call is currently divided amongst a group of approximately 25 physicians on a point equalization system. 

    There is no overhead, office and administrative support are included.  Salary and benefits for this position are to be paid in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement for salaried physicians in 

    Newfoundland and   Labrador.

    All applicants must be licensed to practice by the 

    College of   Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and  Labrador and must be granted privileges by Eastern Regional Health Authority.

    For more information regarding Eastern Health and practicing in 

    Newfoundland and   Labrador please visit the following websites: www.easternhealth.ca and www.practicenl.ca.

    Please send applications with curriculum vitae and names of three references to:

    Sherri-lynn Crouse

    Regional Physician Recruitment Coordinator

    Eastern Health

    Email: sherri.crouse@easternhealth.ca

    Fax # (709) 777-2180


    Geriatric Psychiatrist

    Mental Health and Addictions Program

    Eastern Health

    Eastern Health invites applications for the position of Geriatric Psychiatrist, full time, with the Mental Health and Addictions Program of Eastern Health, with the potential for affiliation with Memorial University of Newfoundland.  This position is available effective immediately and is a full time permanent position. 

    The Physician will join an established group of Geriatric Psychiatrists who work within the multidisciplinary teams of the Mental Health and Addictions Program.  This position includes opportunities for: 

    1.  Consultation and collaborative care to Eastern Health affiliated nursing homes.

    2.  Consultation, collaborative care, and leadership for the Longer Term Residential and Transitional Care Units at Waterford Hospital, with concentration on developing Dementia Care expertise.

    3. Outpatient Clinic Capacity, participation in Centralized Intake for Geriatric Psychiatry, including the potential for telepsychiatry.

    4.  Participation in the General Adult on call system.

    Interests in Shared Care, Medical Quality and Efficiency, and Clinical teaching would be assets to the successful applicant.

    Normal working hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.  On-Call is currently divided amongst a group of approximately 25 physicians on a point equalization system. 

    There is no overhead, office and administrative support are included.  Salary and benefits for this position are to be paid in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement for salaried physicians in 

    Newfoundland and   Labrador.

    All applicants must be licensed to practice by the 

    College of   Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and  Labrador and must be granted privileges by Eastern Regional Health Authority.

    For more information regarding Eastern Health and practicing in 

    Newfoundland and   Labrador please visit the following websites: www.easternhealth.ca and www.practicenl.ca.

    Please send applications with curriculum vitae and names of three references to:

    Sherri-lynn Crouse

    Regional Physician Recruitment Coordinator

    Eastern Health

    Email: sherri.crouse@easternhealth.ca

    Fax # (709) 777-2180


    Geriatric Psychiatrist

    Mental Health and Addictions Program

    Eastern Health

    Eastern Health invites applications for the position of Geriatric Psychiatrist, full time, with the Mental Health and Addictions Program of Eastern Health, with the potential for affiliation with Memorial University of Newfoundland.  This position is available effective immediately and is a full time permanent position. 

    The Physician will join an established group of Geriatric Psychiatrists who work within the multidisciplinary teams of the Mental Health and Addictions Program.  This position includes opportunities for: 

    1.  Consultation and collaborative care to Eastern Health affiliated nursing homes.

    2.  Consultation, collaborative care, and leadership for the Longer Term Residential and Transitional Care Units at Waterford Hospital, with concentration on developing Dementia Care expertise.

    3. Outpatient Clinic Capacity, participation in Centralized Intake for Geriatric Psychiatry, including the potential for telepsychiatry.

    4.  Participation in the General Adult on call system.

    Interests in Shared Care, Medical Quality and Efficiency, and Clinical teaching would be assets to the successful applicant.

    Normal working hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.  On-Call is currently divided amongst a group of approximately 25 physicians on a point equalization system. 

    There is no overhead, office and administrative support are included.  Salary and benefits for this position are to be paid in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement for salaried physicians in 

    Newfoundland and   Labrador.

    All applicants must be licensed to practice by the 

    College of   Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and  Labrador and must be granted privileges by Eastern Regional Health Authority.

    For more information regarding Eastern Health and practicing in 

    Newfoundland and   Labrador please visit the following websites: www.easternhealth.ca and www.practicenl.ca.

    Please send applications with curriculum vitae and names of three references to:

    Sherri-lynn Crouse

    Regional Physician Recruitment Coordinator

    Eastern Health

    Email: sherri.crouse@easternhealth.ca

    Fax # (709) 777-2180


    Geriatric Psychiatrist

    Mental Health and Addictions Program

    Eastern Health

    Eastern Health invites applications for the position of Geriatric Psychiatrist, full time, with the Mental Health and Addictions Program of Eastern Health, with the potential for affiliation with Memorial University of Newfoundland.  This position is available effective immediately and is a full time permanent position. 

    The Physician will join an established group of Geriatric Psychiatrists who work within the multidisciplinary teams of the Mental Health and Addictions Program.  This position includes opportunities for: 

    1.  Consultation and collaborative care to Eastern Health affiliated nursing homes.

    2.  Consultation, collaborative care, and leadership for the Longer Term Residential and Transitional Care Units at Waterford Hospital, with concentration on developing Dementia Care expertise.

    3. Outpatient Clinic Capacity, participation in Centralized Intake for Geriatric Psychiatry, including the potential for telepsychiatry.

    4.  Participation in the General Adult on call system.

    Interests in Shared Care, Medical Quality and Efficiency, and Clinical teaching would be assets to the successful applicant.

    Normal working hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.  On-Call is currently divided amongst a group of approximately 25 physicians on a point equalization system. 

    There is no overhead, office and administrative support are included.  Salary and benefits for this position are to be paid in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement for salaried physicians in 

    Newfoundland and   Labrador.

    All applicants must be licensed to practice by the 

    College of   Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and  Labrador and must be granted privileges by Eastern Regional Health Authority.

    For more information regarding Eastern Health and practicing in 

    Newfoundland and   Labrador please visit the following websites: www.easternhealth.ca and www.practicenl.ca.

    Please send applications with curriculum vitae and names of three references to:

    Sherri-lynn Crouse

    Regional Physician Recruitment Coordinator

    Eastern Health

    Email: sherri.crouse@easternhealth.ca

    Fax # (709) 777-2180


  • 07 Nov 2014 9:27 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Ontario Shores is a 325 bed tertiary psychiatric hospital (located in Whitby, Ontario, a 40 minute drive from Toronto) that serves patients with severe and persistent mental illness. With leading edge fully integrated medical records, a lake-side environment and excellent teaching opportunities, consider our Full Time opportunity as your next practice opportunity.


    The Geriatric Psychiatry program includes a 23 bed inpatient dementia unit, a 25 bed general geriatric psychiatry unit, and an outreach service into homes and long term care facilities. Specialized outpatient clinics include a Memory Clinic, a Geriatric Mood Disorders Clinic, and a Neuropsychiatry clinic. Psychiatry staff also provides ECT service to the hospital.


    Ontario Shores is currently seeking a Psychiatrist specializing in Geriatric Psychiatry for a full time position to join our team of 4 dynamic, progressive psychiatrists along with a wide range of allied health care staff including general practitioners, physiotherapists, occupational therapist, social workers, dietitians, recreational therapists and nurses to deliver programs meeting the needs of seniors over 65 years of age.

    Hours of work are Monday to Friday, normal business hours; compressed work week option is also available

    Qualifications:

    • current licence to practice or eligible for licensure in Ontario
    • specialty qualification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or recognized equivalent
    • certification and/or experience in Geriatric Psychiatry
    • an academic affiliation with University of Toronto, an interest in or current holding of an academic cross appointment is preferred

    Contact Information:

    CJ (Carol Jean) Pudsey
    Human Resources Consultant-Physician Group
    Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
    700 Gordon Street, Whitby, Ontario L1N 5S9
    hr@ontarioshores.ca
    fax-905-430-4036

    For more information about this position and Ontario Shores please visit our website at www.ontarioshores.ca



  • 03 Nov 2014 2:38 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Join the CAGP community of researchers on ResearchGate (www.researchgate.net)!  Email andrea.iaboni@uhn.ca to request an invitation to the CAGP group.

    Recent publications from our members:

    “What Makes Residents Interested in Geriatric Psychiatry? A Pan-Canadian Online Survey of Psychiatry Residents.”   American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Online September 2014 Soham Rej,  Vincent Laliberté Mark J. Rapoport, Dallas Seitz, Melissa Andrew, Marla Davidson. 


    Results of a survey of Canadian residents which demonstrates the importance of early and positive experiences of caring for older adults in promoting interest in geriatric psychiatry.


    Associations of medical comorbidity, psychosis, pain, and capacity with psychiatric hospital length of stay in geriatric inpatients with and without dementia.”  International Psychogeriatrics, Online Oct 2014 Zahinoor Ismail, Tamara Arenovich, Robert Granger, Charlotte Grieve, Peggie Willett, Scott Patten, Benoit H Mulsant.

     

    A study examining predictors of length of stay on a geriatric psychiatry unit.  Diagnosis of dementia did not impact length of stay, but positive psychotic symptoms and incapacity did.

    “Renal function in geriatric psychiatry patients compared to non-psychiatric older adults: effects of lithium use and other factors.”  Aging and Mental Health. 2014; 18(7):847-53 Soham Rej, Brian Weixi Li, Karl Looper, Marilyn Segal. 

    A retrospective study of renal function comparing geriatric psychiatry patients to age matched controls.  Lithium use is safe in older adults with normal renal function, but is more risky for those with eGFR is <60 mL/min/1.73 m2


  • 03 Nov 2014 11:55 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Dear CAGP Members,

    I am pleased to share with you a new resource to help us educate patients and families/caregivers in geriatric mental health disorders. A group of us at Baycrest have created an interactive and multimodal website for this purpose. The first module is about geriatric depression. There is written material, videos, patient stories/videos and a GDS.

    Please consider sharing with your patients and their families/caregivers, and any colleagues you think may be interested in this resource. There is also an attachment here http://www.baycrest.org/educate/mental-health/depression/ with a brochure that can be given to patients and families.

    Thank you,

    Dr. Robert Madan 


  • 03 Nov 2014 11:50 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    The Research Committee is a new undertaking of the CAGP with the aims:

    • 1.     To foster the development of high-quality, multidisciplinary research in geriatric mental health in Canada.
    • 2.     To support the research activities and research relationships of CAGP members.
    • 3.     To raise awareness of recent advances in geriatric psychiatry research through knowledge synthesis and dissemination.

    One of our first initiatives is to build a network of CAGP members engaged in research, using the social networking platform ResearchGate (www.researchgate.net). We call on any CAGP members with an interest in joining this network or the committee to email andrea.iaboni@uhn.ca. We will hold our first open meeting at the 2014 ASM. All interested CAGP members are invited:

    Andrea Iaboni

    Mark Rapoport

    Daniel Blumberger

    Aristotle Voineskos

    Soham Rej

    Maggie Gibson

    Ken Madden



PLEASE NOTE: The CAGP cannot provide patients with the names of physicians providing care to patients. The Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons in most Canadian provinces and territories maintain a website for patients to find a physician by specialty. A list of these governing bodies is available on the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada’s website.

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