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AAGP participates in APA's Council of Geriatric Psychiatry

AAGP President-Elect Gary Small, MD, represented the organization at the American Psychiatric Association's Council of Geriatric Psychiatry, which met at the APA Annual Meeting in New York City on May 5, 2014. The Council, chaired by Robert Paul Roca, MD, discussed the use of antipsychotic medications for the treatment of behavioral disturbances in persons with dementia, and Victor Reus, MD, reported on the progress of practice guidelines for such use. Other topics included APA's efforts regarding integrated care, an APA Assembly Action Paper for "Guidelines for Caregivers," and the APA's geriatric awards. Small reported on the AAGP 2014 Annual Meeting and encouraged Council members to attend the March 2015 meeting in New Orleans. The national challenge in recruiting new geriatric psychiatrists to the field was discussed, including strategies to streamline training by offering the option of beginning specialty training in the PGY-5 year. more

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