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Empower aging ... and empowering those of us who
care for the aged

By David C. Steffens, MD, MHS, AAGP President
Registration is open for our 2014 Annual Meeting in Orlando, held at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld March 14 to 17. It is a cliché to add "hope to see you there!" But, I really do have high hopes that our members turn out in full force to what I expect will be a terrific meeting in a great venue. We have been at this site before and are returning because we were treated well. The accommodations and meeting rooms are comfortable, and the site is very close to SeaWorld and within reach of Disney and Universal for those bringing families or who want to bring out our own inner child for the price of admission to a theme park.

The AAGP meeting website describes the Annual Meeting as "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." Of course, all of this is true. We do provide timely clinical updates and groundbreaking research findings. Equally important, the Annual Meeting provides a setting for networking with colleagues, making new friends, and discovering opportunities for career advancement.
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AAGP MITs elect new representative to the Board: Isis Burgos-Chapman, MD
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Each year, AAGP's members-in-training choose a representative to the Board of Directors, who serves as a liaison between the Board and the MITs, facilitating an exchange of information and perspectives. Congratulations to Isis Burgos-Chapman, MD, who was recently elected to a one-year term. Dr. Burgos-Chapman is pursuing geropsychiatry fellowship training at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut. In recent years, members-in-training have become a very active segment of the AAGP membership, forming a caucus, contributing to the trainees page of the AAGP website, meeting on various issues during the Annual Meeting, and participating in the association's committees and work groups. Dr. Burgos-Chapman has been actively involved in the MIT Caucus. As the MIT representative, she said, "I intend to bring my various clinical and leadership experiences to the AAGP as a means of enriching discussions within the board. I aim to serve as a voice for both trainees and the patients that we service."
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Thank you for your strong support of the Scholars Fund!
AAGP
The AAGP membership raised more than $85,000 for the Scholars Fund for the 2014 program! That's an increase of more than $15,000 over the amount contributed for the 2013 program. Congratulations and thank you! Individuals, institutions and groups contributed for 26 Named Honors Scholarships, which will provide full benefits to trainees, providing registration, travel and lodging for the Annual Meeting. All trainees who benefit from the fund will participate in a half-day program at the meeting and networking events. In the first four years of the program, more than 100 trainees have participated in the program due to the strong support from the AAGP membership.
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AAGP election notice: Officers and Board members
AAGP
The Board of Directors and the Nominations Committee of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry announced the following slate of officer and director candidates for members' consideration and future vote. Each candidate's qualifications were carefully assessed by the Nominations Committee, and subsequently approved by the Board.

Following are candidates for president-elect, secretary/treasurer-elect, and non-psychiatrist Board member. The elected officer for each position will fill the position for a term of one year, commencing at the Annual Meeting in 2014. The elected board member will fill the position for a term of three years, commencing at the Annual Meeting in 2014.

President-Elect
Automatically transitions to president for 2015-2016 and to immediate past president for 2016-2017.
• Gary Small, MD

Secretary/Treasurer-Elect
Automatically transitions to secretary/treasurer for 2015-2016.
• Amita Patel, MD, CMD, MHA, CPE
• Dan Sewell, MD

Non-Psychiatrist Board Member
• Eve Byrd, MSN, MPH, FNP-BC
• Julie Dumas, PhD

Any member wishing to submit an additional nomination by petition for an officer or board position may do so by Nov. 8. Nomination by petition requires 50 signatures from AAGP members in good standing and must be delivered to AAGP by Nov. 8. If you have any questions about this option, please contact Marj Vanderbilt at 301-654-7850, ext. 107 or mvanderbilt@aagponline.org.

Watch for your official election ballot by mail and email in November. The ballot will include the above slate, plus any nominations by petition. The Board encourages you to make your voice heard by voting in this important election.

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AAGP is seeking the next AJGP editor-in-chief
AAGP
The AAGP is seeking a Board-certified geriatric psychiatrist to serve as editor-in-chief of the monthly journal The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. The editor, in collaboration with associate editors and the Editorial Board, establishes editorial policies, develops ideas for new features, and guides the Journal in new directions. The editor directs the Journal's web-based peer-review process, assigning reviewers to submitted manuscripts and making disposition decisions. This part-time, compensated position is served under a five-year contract and does not require relocation. The position will involve a transition period coordinated with the current editor-in-chief, Dilip V. Jeste, MD, beginning in January 2015, and the full position will commence in January 2016. Learn more: http://www.aagponline.org/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=editorajgp&category=Publications.
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Apply now for AAGP awards to be presented in Orlando in March
Nominations/applications due Nov. 1

AAGP
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 in conjunction with the AAGP Annual Meeting, March 14-17 in Orlando, Fla. 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.

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Advanced Research Institute in Geriatric Mental Health: Applications due Nov. 15
ARI
ARI (Advanced Research Institute in Geriatric Mental Health) is recruiting its next cohort of scholars. ARI is a national NIMH-funded (R25) career development program that provides mentoring and consultation to early stage researchers with the aim of helping them successfully transition to independent investigators. Please see the website for information about the program, application process, and eligibility criteria: https://www.mentalhealthtrainingnetwork.org/institutes/ari/home.

Applications are due Nov. 15.

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Updated guideline: Bathing people with dementia
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