AAGP eNews
Sep. 10, 2013

Awards to be presented in Orlando in March: Nominations due Nov. 1
AAGP offers several awards to recognize excellence in the field of late-life mental health care, which will be presented at the Opening Plenary Session on March 14, 2014, in conjunction with the AAGP Annual Meeting, March 14-17, 2014, in Orlando, Florida. Do you know someone deserving of that recognition? Is it you? Nominations/applications for the following awards are due Nov. 1.

• AAGP Distinguished Scientist Award
• AAGP Barry Lebowitz Early Career Scientist Award
• AAGP Member-in-Training Research Award
• AAGP Educator of the Year Award
• AAGP Clinician of the Year Award
• AAGP Diversity Award

For detailed information on AAGP's 2014 awards, including eligibility and the nomination/application process, visit www.AAGPonline.org/awards. More

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Member news: Congratulations to Bruce Pollock
The American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics has named Bruce G. Pollock, MD, PhD, FRCPC, as the 2014 recipient of the William B. Abrams Award for Geriatric Clinical Pharmacology. ASCPT will present the award to Dr. Pollock at its annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 19, 2014. Established with support from the Merck Company Foundation, the William B. Abrams Award recognizes scientists who have made outstanding contributions to geriatric clinical pharmacology. Dr. Pollock is the vice-president research and director of Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and professor and director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and a past president of AAGP (2008-2009).


AAGP reminders: Don't miss these important dates
Sept. 30:
Interested in supporting trainees who have an interest in geriatric psychiatry? These could be your future colleagues. Please donate to the Scholars Fund by Sept. 30. The program provides an introduction to the field, participation at the AAGP Annual Meeting, and mentoring for a year. Learn more and donate at www.AAGPonline.org/scholars.

Registration opens, and the Advance Program will be online, for the AAGP 2014 Annual Meeting, March 14-17 in Orlando, Florida.

Oct. 1:
Applications for the Scholars Program are due. The program provides medical students and residents with full access to AAGP member programs and activities through association membership and activities during the AAGP Annual Meeting, including structured mentorship. Learn more and apply online: www.AAGPonline.org/scholars.

Oct. 1:
New research poster submissions for the AAGP 2014 Annual Meeting are due. Submit at www.AAGPmeeting.org.

Oct. 15:
Early investigator poster submissions for the AAGP 2014 Annual Meeting are due. Submit at www.AAGPmeeting.org. More

AAGP provides input to CMS on 2014 physician fee schedule
AAGP provided comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the proposed physician fee schedule for 2014. Specifically, AAGP urged the CMS to adopt the recommendations of the Relative Utilization Committee for the new psychiatric codes issued last year. AAGP referenced the IOM report, "The Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce for Older Adults: In Whose Hands," as background to justify increased values as proposed by the RUC for Medicare's psychiatric codes. More

AAGP submits comments to ACGME on program requirements
AAGP President Dave Steffens, MD, MHS, on behalf of the organization, submitted comments to the American Council of Graduate Medical Education in response to their publication of the draft, ACGME Common Program Requirements. In preparation for the Next Accreditation System Phase I has been implemented and the ACGME is currently working on Phase II, which includes psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. Implementation will be complete by July 2014. The Common Program requirements are divided into 3 categories as follows.

Core requirements: Statements that define structure, resource, or process elements essential to every graduate medical educational program.

Detail requirements: Statements that describe a specific structure, resource, or process, for achieving compliance with a Core Requirement. Programs in substantial compliance with the Outcome Requirements may utilize alternative or innovative approaches to meet Core Requirements.

Outcome requirements: Statements that specify expected measurable or observable attributes (knowledge, abilities, skills, or attitudes) of residents or fellows at key stages of their graduate medical education.

AAGP commented on a section that would require that residents who transfer between programs and into fellowships have conducted their training in ACGME-accredited programs. As all of the psychiatry combined programs are "non-accredited" (i.e., psychiatry/medicine), this requirement could prevent some students participating in the combined program from transferring or entering a geriatric psychiatry fellowship. AAGP proposed that combined programs be treated no differently than if a resident participates in a stand-alone accredited program. More

Looking for a new job or a new employee? See AAGP's online Jobs page
Looking for a job? Three jobs were added to AAGP's online Jobs page in August. See several listings for positions in the United States and Canada. Looking to hire? Members can list a job posting for $100 a month. Visit AAGP's Jobs page at www.AAGPonline.org/jobs. More

Awards to be presented in Orlando in March: Nominations due Nov. 1
AAGP offers several awards to recognize excellence in the field of late-life mental health care, which will be presented at the Opening Plenary Session on March 14, 2014, in conjunction with the AAGP Annual Meeting, March 14-17, 2014, in Orlando, Florida.More

Alzheimer's research receives nitro boost
By Denise A. Valenti
"Nitro" compounds are often highly explosive, with the nitro group being one of the more common explosophores used throughout the world. However, a very different application of nitro — NitroMemantine — is being discussed in the medical world as a treatment on the horizon for Alzheimer's disease.More

The dementia rate may be falling — and what it means
Two major new studies have turned the popular perception of dementia on its head. For years, we’ve heard that Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia are on the rise — a prediction that strikes fear in the hearts of both the public and policymakers.More

How Down syndrome may help unravel Alzheimer's puzzle
NBC News
Scientists have known for decades that people with Down syndrome were at increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, but they didn’t know why. Some researchers now believe that understanding the connection between the two conditions might help us unravel the Alzheimer's puzzle and point towards therapies that might slow, or even halt, the dreaded disease. More

Alzheimer's extracts a high price on caregivers, too
NBC News
The burdens of caregiving are so great they can shave years off the life of caregivers, experts say. In fact, one study showed that compared to others, caregiver spouses aged 66 to 96 had a 63 percent higher mortality rate.More

Statins linked to reduced dementia
Two new studies may have somewhat allayed concerns about cognitive dysfunction being a possible adverse effect of statins. The studies both suggest that statin drugs may instead be linked to lower rates of dementia in older people.More

Activity can improve the health of dementia patients
Dementia patients who are kept active in their fields of interest appear to experience improved quality of life and better health. Research will now reveal whether this is really true.More