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On-site registration starts 7:00 am, Friday.

Geriatric Psychiatry:
Aging in Health, Aging in Illness

Friday & Saturday
November 14-15, 2008

The Hilton Boston Back Bay
(Use the above link to book hotel reservations.)

The McLean Hospital
Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education

Shervert H. Frazier, M.D.

Christopher M. Palmer, M.D.
Medical Director

William S. Pollack, Ph.D.
Director, Psychology Education

Course Description

This is a tremendously exciting time in geriatric psychiatry, as new advances and increasing knowledge are leading to improved care and management of patients. Keeping up with all of this information, however, is a daunting challenge, especially for practicing clinicians.

McLean Hospital is pleased to offer Geriatric Psychiatry in 2008. This intensive, two-day course is designed to update participants in numerous aspects of geriatric psychiatry, including recent advances in the understanding and treatment of dementia, late-life psychosis, anxiety, depression, mood disorders and personality disorders. A variety of treatment modalities will be covered, including psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. Broader topics will also be covered, including an overview of the importance of geriatric psychiatry, medical issues, end-of-life issues, sleep disorders, addiction and exercise in the elderly.

Our widely acclaimed faculty features internationally renowned speakers as well as clinicians in specialized practices. They will decisively review and synthesize recent advances in geriatric psychiatry in an easy-to-understand manner.

Course Objectives

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Learn about the diagnosis and management of mood disorders, dementia, psychosis, sleep disorders in the elderly.
  2. Understand cognition, nutrition, cross culture, safety issues, sexuality and spirituality in the elderly
  3. Explore medical crises that can present as behavioral disturbances.
  4. Teach the importance of exercise and health for the elderly.

Course Directors

James M. Ellison, M.D., M.P.H.
Donald A. Davidoff, Ph.D.
Christopher M. Palmer, M.D.


This conference is supported in part by unrestricted educational grants-in-aid from Eli Lilly and Company, Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc.

Agenda: Day 1 Aging in Health

Friday, November 14, 2008

7:30-8:15 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15-8:30 Opening Remarks
                                James M. Ellison, M.D., M.P.H.

8:30-9:25 Healthy Aging in our Healthcare System
                                Gary L. Gottlieb, M.D., M.B.A.

9:25-10:20 Cognition and Aging         
                                Donald A. Davidoff, Ph.D.
10:20-10:35 Break

10:35-11:30 Exercise and Optimal Aging
                                Edward M. Phillips, M.D.

11:30-11:45 Panel: Questions & Answers
                                Morning Speakers

11:45-1:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:00-1:50 Nutrition and Cognitive Health
                                Richard J. Wurtman, M.D.

1:50-2:45 Personality and Developmental Tasks in Later Life
                                Marc Agronin, M.D.

4:45-3:00 Break

3:00-3:50 Sleep Health in Late Life
                                Cynthia M. Dorsey, Ph.D.

3:50-4:45 Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia
                                Brent P. Forester, M.D.

4:45-5:00 Panel: Questions & Answers
                                Afternoon Speakers

5:00-6:00 Networking Reception

Agenda: Day 2 Aging in Illness

Saturday, November 15, 2008

7:30-8:15 a.m. Check In and Continental Breakfast

8:15-8:20 Opening Remarks
                               Donald A. Davidoff, Ph.D.

8:20-9:20 Medical Burden of Longevity
                                Robert B. Portney, M.D.

9:20-10:20 Safety Considerations in Later Life: Firearms, Driving & Falls
                                David Hemenway, Ph.D.
10:20-10:35 Break

10:35-11:30 Mood Disorders in Later Life
                                James M. Ellison, M.D., M.P.H.

11:30-11:45 Panel: Questions & Answers
                                Morning Speakers
11:45-1:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:00-1:45 Late Life Psychosis
                                William E. Falk, M.D.

1:45-2:45 Cross Cultural Aspects of Aging
                                Nhi-Ha Thuy Trinh, M.D.

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-3:45 Sexuality in Later Life
                                Gina Ogden, Ph.D.

3:45-4:30 Spirituality in Later Life
                                Dale Andrews, Ph.D.

4:30-4:45 Panel: Questions & Answers
                                Afternoon Speakers


Marc E. Agronin, M.D.
Director of Mental Health Services, Miami Jewish Home & Hospital for the Aged  Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine   

Dale Andrews, Ph.D.
Donald A. Davidoff, Ph.D.
Psychologist in Charge, Special Care Unit, McLean Hospital
Neuropsychological and Psychodiagnostic Testing Center, McLean Hospital
Instructor in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Cynthia M. Dorsey, Ph.D.
Clinical Director, Sleep Health Centers, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

James M. Ellison, M.D., M.P.H.
Clinical Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Program, McLean Hospital
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

William E. Falk, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School                   

Brent P. Forester, M.D.
Medical Director, Dementia Neuropsychiatry Unit
Director, Mood Disorders Division, Geriatric Psychiatry Research Program, 
McLean Hospital
Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Gary L. Gottlieb, M.D.
President, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

David Hemenway, Ph.D.
Director, Harvard Injury Control Research Center.               
Professor of Health Policy, Harvard School of Public Health

Gina Ogden, Ph.D.

Christopher M. Palmer, M.D.
Medical Director, Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education,
McLean Hospital
Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Edward M. Phillips, M.D.
Consultant in Physiatry, Department of Internal Medicine, McLean Hospital
Instructor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School

Robert B. Portney, M.D.
Attending, Geriatric Psychiatry, McLean Hospital
Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Nhi-Ha Thuy Trinh, M.D.
Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Richard J. Wurtman, M.D.
Cecil H. Green Distinguished Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Faculty, Depaartment of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, at MIT

Faculty, Harvard-MIT Divisiion of Health Sciences & Technology


Tuition Fee:            Doctoral Level Professionals: $375
                              Other Mental Health Professionals and Trainees: $275
3 easy ways to register: Mail, Fax, or Online
If paying by check, make it payable to McLean Hospital and mail with the completed registration form to McLean Hospital, Department of Continuing Education, 115 Mill Street, Belmont, MA 02478-9106.  If paying by credit card, you may mail the completed form to the above address, fax the completed registration form to (617) 855-2349, or register online at
A confirmation letter will be mailed to you upon receipt of registration.


Refund requests must be received by mail or fax one week prior to the course. A $50 handling fee will be charged for all cancellations. No refunds will be issued after November 7, 2008


This course will be held at
The Hilton Boston Back Bay
40 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02115
Directions to the hotel will be sent with registration confirmations.

A limited number of rooms are available at the Hilton Boston Back Bay for a discounted rate of $239 per night (single or double) until October 14, 2008. Be sure to mention that you are enrolled in this course in order to receive the discounted rate. Please call 800-445-8667 to make reservations.

McLean Hospital Contact Information:

Telephone:             (617) 855-3152

Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM (Eastern Time)
Online Information and Registration:


Physicians: McLean Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  McLean Hospital designates this educational activity for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists:  McLean Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists.  McLean Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Participants meeting the requirements will receive 13.5 C.E. credits. Please call (617)855-3151 for more information.

Nurses:  This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 13.5 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. Advance practice nurses, please note: Educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count towards 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.

Social Workers:  Continuing Education hours have been applied for. Please call (617) 855-3151 for more information.

Nursing Home Administrators: McLean Hospital’s Deemed Status Number is NH-3- 2008.  This program meets the requirements for 13.5 continuing education credits.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors: McLean Hospital is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. The hospital’s provider number is 6085. This program is approved for 13.5 clock hours of CE credit or 1.3.5 CEU.



On-site registration starts 7:00 am, Friday.

Geriatric Psychiatry in 2008
Tuition Fee: Doctoral Level Professionals-$ 375    ; All Others-$275

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 Please mail this registration form and your payment to:                    McLean Hospital
                                                                                                                Dept. of Continuing Education
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                                                                                                                Belmont, MA 02478

OR Fax this form with credit card information to 617-855-2349.

On-site registration starts 7:30 am, Friday.