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AAGP's 2015 Annual Meeting session proposals due by June 15
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AAGP is now accepting proposals for the 2015 Annual Meeting to be held March 27-30 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The theme of the meeting is “Interprofessional Practice: Working Together to Meet the Mental Health Needs of Older Adults.” The meeting will focus on:
  • Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and behavioral issues
  • Late-life depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety
  • Nonpharmacologic and alternative treatment options
  • Multidisciplinary care
  • Substance abuse/misuse and aging
  • Cultural competence for a diverse older population
  • Integrated models of care and other policy initiatives impacting the field and patients
  • And much more
Be an important part of this interdisciplinary educational event and submit your proposals for sessions, clinical case study presentations, and posters. Learn More and Submit Abstracts: www.AAGPonline.org/2015CFP.
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APA guidelines for interactions with caregivers in the works
Citing a lack of guidelines or resources to help psychiatrists interact with caregivers of patients with psychiatric illnesses, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) convened a work group to develop Guidelines for Interactions with Caregivers. The group held a conference call in April in which AAGP Research Committee Chair Helen Lavretsky, MD, participated to bring the perspective of geriatric psychiatry. The APA group, working with relevant councils such as the Council on Geriatric Psychiatry and the Council on Quality Care, will strive to identify barriers to communication with caregivers of mentally ill persons, investigate clinical and ethical problems unique to communication with caregivers, and develop resource documents to advocate and assist psychiatrists in their interaction with caregivers. The group includes representatives of psychiatry, law, and ethics, and child and adolescent organizations.
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American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. Faculty Fellowship Award: Applications due Aug. 18
The directors of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology have established a faculty fellowship award. The award is intended to support the development of innovative education and/or evaluation projects that promote effective residency/fellowship training or lifelong learning of practicing psychiatrists and neurologists. Preference will be given to projects that have the potential for use in more than one site and to applicants who are at a junior or mid-faculty level.

Funding: Each year, up to two psychiatry and two neurology faculty fellows will be selected. The duration of the fellowship will normally be for two years with a maximum amount of funding of $50,000 per year or $100,000 total. This amount is intended to cover salary, fringe benefits, and other costs. No indirect costs will be covered. Fellows will be required to dedicate at least 25 percent of their professional time to the project.

Eligibility: Applicants must:
  • be certified by the ABPN
  • participate in the ABPN’s maintenance of certification program
  • hold an unrestricted license to practice medicine in a state, commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States
  • comply with the ABPN’s conflict of interest policies and procedures
  • hold a faculty appointment in a U.S. LCME-accredited medical school
Deadlines: Applicants must submit a completed Application Form and any related documentation by Aug. 18, 2014, to the ABPN. Awards will be announced by Nov. 3, 2014, with funding to start on Jan. 1, 2015.

Additional information and the application form are posted on the ABPN website at abpn.com. Contact: Dorthea Juul, PhD, at djuul@abpn.com.

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to serving the public interest and the professions of psychiatry and neurology by promoting excellence in practice through certification and maintenance of certification processes. The ABPN is a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties, an organization of 24 approved medical specialty boards.

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The APA 2014 Psychiatric Services Achievement Awards: Applications due May 12
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The American Psychiatric Association invites applications for the 2014 Psychiatric Services Achievement Awards Competition, which is designed to recognize and publicize national models of creative service delivery. Applications are sought from innovative programs that deliver services to the mentally ill or disabled, have overcome obstacles, can serve as models for other programs, and have been in full operation for a minimum of two years before the application deadline. Programs may be based in a school, a clinic, a hospital, or the community itself. Programs that provide unique human resource development, prevention, or administrative models that improve clinical care are eligible.

Awards will be presented at the Opening Session, APA Institute on Psychiatric Services, Oct. 30, San Francisco, CA. Winning programs will present at a special afternoon workshop following the Opening Session and will receive coverage in two APA publications, Psychiatric News and Psychiatric Services. Learn more and apply at www.psychiatry.org/achievementawards. Questions? Contact achievementawards@psych.org or 703.907.8612.

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Greater cardio fitness in young adulthood may contribute to better midlife cognitive abilities
Greater cardiorespiratory fitness as a young adult may contribute to better verbal memory and faster psychomotor speed in middle age, according to a study published in Neurology. Researchers studied nearly 3,000 participants in the community-based Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study of black and white men and women aged 18 to 30 years in 1985–1986, and their cognitive test results 25 years later. See the study abstract at www.neurology.org/content/82/15/1339.short?sid=2c5a3f20-d2e6-418f-83db-cf73a8a661dd.
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