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<P>Study Guide to Geriatric Psychiatry</P>
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Study Guide to Geriatric Psychiatry

A CME Companion to The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry, Fourth Edition, Version 2

Robert E. Hales, M.D., M.B.A., Narriman C. Shahrokh, Dan G. Blazer, M.D., Ph.D., and David C. Steffens, M.D., M.H.S.
ISBN 978-1-58562-327-3
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Earn up to 17 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™!

The Study Guides (previously called Self-Assessments) are self-paced, online examinations that allow you to evaluate your mastery of the subject matter as you progress through the companion American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook.

The program provides an easy-to-access and individualized opportunity to gain and assess knowledge of psychiatry, ideally to be undertaken by psychiatrists and residents as part of a comprehensive lifelong learning program in psychiatry. It provides a specific educational opportunity for candidates preparing for certification and recertification examinations.

By participating in the Study Guide program, you will have the opportunity to

  • Improve knowledge of geriatric psychiatry
  • Improve decision making and patient care
  • Test and assess your knowledge and decision-making skills
  • Prepare for board certification and recertification
  • Practice answering board-like questions
  • Earn up to 17 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for each exam

Participants earn continuing medical education (CME) credits for reviewing the companion The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry, Fourth Edition, assessing their retention of the clinical content of the Textbook by taking the self-assessment exam, and further increasing their clinical knowledge by reviewing the rationale for the correct answers. The Answer Guide references relevant text, tables, and figures (including the page number) in the Textbook to allow quick access to needed information. Each answer is accompanied by a discussion that addresses not only the correct response but also explains why other responses are not correct.

The APA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychiatric Association designates this educational activity for a maximum of 17 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This Study Guide does NOT meet ABPN criteria for Self-Assessment (Part 2 of the Maintenance of Certification).

Program release date: February 1, 2009
Program review date: February 28, 2012
Program end date: February 28, 2015

Preface. Questions. The myth, history, and science of aging. Demography and epidemiology of psychiatric disorders in late life. Physiological and clinical considerations of geriatric patient care. Neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neuropathology of aging. Chemical messengers. Genetics. Psychological aspects of normal aging. Social and economic factors related to psychiatric disorders in late life. The psychiatric interview of older adults. Use of the laboratory in the diagnostic workup of older adults. Neuropsychological assessment of dementia. Dementia and milder cognitive syndromes. Movement disorders. Mood disorders. Bipolar disorder in late life. Schizophrenia and paranoid disorders. Anxiety disorders. Somatoform disorders. Sexual disorders. Bereavement. Sleep and circadian rhythm disorders. Alcohol and drug problems. Personality disorders. Agitation and suspiciousness. Psychopharmacology. Electroconvulsive therapy. Nutrition and physical activity. Individual and group psychotherapy. Working with families of older adults. Clinical psychiatry in the nursing home. The continuum of caring in the long term: movement toward the community. Legal, ethical, and policy issues. The past and future of geriatric psychiatry. Answer Guide.

Robert E. Hales, M.D., M.B.A., is the Joe P. Tupin Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., and Medical Director of the Sacramento County Mental Health Service in Sacramento, California.

Narriman C. Shahrokh, is Chief Administrative Officer in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine in Sacramento, California.

Dan G. Blazer, M.D., Ph.D., is J.P. Gibbons Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University, Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.

David C. Steffens, M.D., M.H.S., is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina and President-elect of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.

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