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  1. 1. Fall 2008 The Official Newsletter of the Geriatric Neurology Section / Volume 3 / Issue 4 FALL 2008 Geriatric Neurology Section News The Official Newsletter of the Geriatric Neurology Section / Volume 3 / Issue 4 GERIATRIC NEUROLOGY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Message from the Chair Victor W. Henderson, MD, MS OFFICERS Chair My Fall 2008 message is devoted to two topics: (1) an overview and up- Victor W. Henderson, MD, FAAN Stanford, CA date of certification (for practitioners) and accreditation (for training pro- Chair-Elect grams) in Geriatric Neurology and (2) the Strategic Plan for Geriatric Charles DeCarli, MD Neurology. Sacramento, CA Immediate Past Chair An update on certification and accreditation in Geriatric Neurology David A. Bennett, MD Chicago, IL This update concerns somewhat complicated relations between Geriatric Councilor-Science/Education Neurology and Behavioral Neurology, and between the American Board Anil K. Nair, MD of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. (ABPN) and the United Council on Boston, MA Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS). Geriatric Neurology was established Councilor-UCNS Liaison as an AAN Section in 1990 and Behavioral Neurology in 1994. Section James Galvin, MD, membership stands at about 471 and 370, respectively. The ABPN, St. Louis, MO founded in 1934, is one of 24 member boards of the umbrella organiza- Councilor-Newsletter tion, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Incorporated Zoe Arvanitakis, MD, MS in 2003, the UCNS is sponsored by the AAN and four other parent neu- Chicago, IL rologic societies. AAN STAFF LIAISON Lynee Koester In reviewing old records from the Geriatric Neurology Section, I noticed 1080 Montreal Ave. St. Paul, MN 55116 that the issue of subspecialty certification was raised at a time when the Tel: 651.695.2799 Section was just beginning to organize itself. The September 1989 steer- Fax: 651.361.4899 ing committee minutes state, “Issues regarding certification were dis- Email: Website: cussed at length, including correspondence ... from Jack Whisnant, M.D., sections/geriatric President of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and Dr. Stuart Schneck, a member of ABPN, both of which presented IN THIS ISSUE: arguments against certification in geriatric neurology. ... It was sug- • Message from the Chair gested that a reply be sent to Dr. Whisnant stating that the newly-formed • Geriatric Section Strategic Section views certification in geriatric neurology as a potentially impor- Plan tant issue which the Section is continuing to investigate.” Dr. Whis- • The Death of Robert Katz- nant’s correspondence had indicated that, among other considerations, man, MD • Health Policy Information “there was not a sufficient number of people interested in Geriatric neu- Related to Geriatrics rology to justify consideration of added qualification [i.e., certification].” • 2009 Annual Meeting Pro- grams As many of you already know, discussions on subspecialty certification • UCNS Certification in Geriatric Neurology and training program accreditation have contin- • Useful Related Websites • Geriatric/Aging-Related ued throughout the ensuing 18 years that our Section has been in Fellowships (continued on next page) Geriatric Neurology Section - 1
  2. 2. Fall 2008 The Official Newsletter of the Geriatric Neurology Section / Volume 3 / Issue 4 (continued from page 1) existence. A major barrier has always been numbers: At our Section meeting last April in Chicago, I raised there have never been sufficient geriatric neurolo- the question of whether Geriatric Neurology should gists to make subspecialty certification and accredi- liaise with Geriatric Psychiatry with respect to ABPN tation cost-effective for the ABPN. At several times recognition, and the consensus was that we should ex- in the past, our Section has discussed whether we plore what the opportunities and limitations might be. should join with Behavioral Neurology for certifica- By way of background, Geriatric Psychiatry has been tion purposes, but there have always been objections ABPN recognized since 1989. Approximately 2100 on both sides of the aisle. Both groups share strong psychiatrists are certified in this subspecialty, and interests in dementia, but there are important con- there are 57 accredited training programs with 81 cur- ceptual and practice differences, and the drift be- rent trainees. Certifying examinations are held every tween these two subspecialties has probably in- other year, with about 125 to 150 applicants sitting for creased in recent years. each examination. The Behavioral Neurology Section recently joined My initial inquiries to ABPN staff were favorably re- forces with psychiatrists interested in neuropsychia- ceived, and on September 18 I met in St. Louis with try, and in 2006 UCNS recognized the new subspe- Dr. Larry Faulkner (Executive Vice President, cialty of Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychia- ABPN), Dr. Steven DeKosky (member-at-large, try. In the first half of this year, the Behavioral ABPN Board of Directors and former chair of the Neurology Section surveyed its members regarding Geriatric Neurology Section), Dr. Christopher views on UCNS and ABPN certification. The re- Colenda (psychiatry director, ABPN, and former sponse rate was a respectable 59%. Only 24% of President of the American Association for Geriatric behavioral neurology respondents thought UCNS Psychiatry), and others to discover what our options certification was very or extremely important might be. Dr. Colenda assured us that Geriatric Psy- (versus 42% for slightly or not-at-all important), and chiatry would have few qualms in pursuing a relation most agreed that ABPN certification would be more with Geriatric Neurology within an ABPN framework, desirable than UCNS certification. Interestingly — including the possibility of some sort of joint certifica- and of importance for Geriatric Neurology — with tion process. Dr. DeKosky was also a strong propo- respect to possible ABPN certification, 33% of re- nent of trying to find a suitable accommodation. spondents thought behavioral neurology should pur- However, it was also clear that Geriatric Psychiatry sue certification on its own, 37% thought behavioral and Geriatric Neurology expertise do not fully over- neurology should join with neuropsychiatry for this lap, and thus it would be unlikely that a single, com- purpose, and only 15% thought behavioral neurol- mon certifying examination would work for both. ogy should be combined with geriatric neurology in pursuit of ABPN recognition. We have not surveyed As we already knew, Geriatric Neurology is too small Geriatric Neurology Section members for their pref- to meet current ABPN requirements for subspecialty erences, but the low level of enthusiasm from our recognition. The biggest formal hurdle is the need for behavioral colleagues is noteworthy and bodes at least 50 training positions in Geriatric Neurology, poorly for future linkage between the two subspe- and at least 50 trainees must complete fellowship cialties. training each year. Dr. Faulkner and others discussed costs associated with preparing certification examina- In the meantime, of course, Geriatric Neurology has tions; he noted that there are already some recognized also pursued UCNS recognition, and Geriatric Neu- APBN subspecialties that are too small from this rology was approved by the UCNS Board as a sub- highly relevant perspective. For example, there are specialty in 2007. We are on track for a first certifi- currently 53 accredited programs in Vascular Neurol- cation examination in December 7–11, 2009. With ogy and but only 36 filled positions; for Neurodevel- respect to training programs, Drs. James Galvin and opmental Disabilities, corresponding numbers are a Janice Knoefel are scheduled to meet in mid- paltry 7 programs and 14 trainees. The take-home November with the UCNS Accreditation Council. Geriatric Neurology Section - 2
  3. 3. Fall 2008 The Official Newsletter of the Geriatric Neurology Section / Volume 3 / Issue 4 message from the St. Louis meeting is that the APBN ABPN-accredited training programs, which are rec- cannot at present envision a cost-effective way to ac- ognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate commodate Geriatric Neurology on its own, or to inte- Medical Education (ACGME), are eligible for fel- grate Geriatric Neurology with Geriatric Psychiatry. lowship training support through NIH training grants, the VA, and Medicare reimbursements to Interestingly, Dr. Faulkner indicated that in the future, hospitals. UCNS accredited programs are not eligi- it might indeed be possible for ABMS-member boards ble. Further, it is my understanding that in some to certify even very small subspecialties. He gave the states UCNS subspecialists are not permitted to ad- example of certification based on expertise in cardiac vertise their UCNS credentials, although the UCNS arrhythmias. Although still in early discussion, this office does not maintain a list of such states. The approach becomes feasible if a sufficiently large data- facility in which I practice (Stanford University base of subspecialty-related questions can be devel- Medical Center) does not currently recognize UCNS oped and tagged as such, at the same time that exami- credentials. nation questions are developed for the broader spe- cialty. The existence of such “tagged” questions What conclusions can be drawn for Geriatric Neu- would considerably lower examination costs, because rology? Dr. Faulkner indicated that he will continue questions could be pulled for an examination without to explore ways to make it possible for smaller sub- the need to convene a new exam-writing committee. specialties to become certified by the ABPN. How- ever, Geriatric Neurology will not be able to obtain Future implications of large numbers of such small ABPN recognition in the near future unless we link subspecialties (microspecialties?) are unclear, at least with another group. Because differences in subspe- to me. In this context, however, it can be noted that cialty expertise and ACGME training requirements many state medical boards are moving toward requir- preclude a common examination, Geriatric Psychia- ing physicians to submit to some sort of periodic re- try will not be that group. Given results of the re- certification process. Simply fulfilling CME require- cent survey of Behavioral Neurology Section mem- ments will no longer suffice. Dr. Faulkner speculated bers, Behavioral Neurology now appears unlikely to that such state requirements might be satisfied by be that group either. Several years ago, Movement Maintenance of Certification (MOC) in a recognized Disorders was briefly considered as a potential part- subspecialty. Under this scenario, a vascular neurolo- ner for Geriatric Neurology, but these discussions gist might fulfill a state’s MOC requirement through stalled fairly quickly, and I do not see another obvi- MOC in Vascular Neurology (a subspecialty recog- ous group with whom to join forces. Although nized by the ABPN and ABMS). An option such as UCNS recognition does not yet have some of the this would be attractive to any subspecialist (or mi- tangible benefits of ABPN recognition, the UCNS crospecialist) whose practice has become narrowly route is the clearer way forward. Thanks to diligent focused and who would prefer not to re-take the efforts of past leaders of this Section and thanks to ABPN neurology MOC examination. The issue be- ongoing efforts of Dr. Galvin, Geriatric Neurology is comes more complicated, of course, once one consid- now a UCNS-recognized subspecialty. ers that the parent board (e.g., ABPN) ordinarily re- quires current certification in order for the specialist to Members interested in subspecialty certification obtain or maintain his or her subspecialty credentials. should remain in the UCNS fold and should consider sitting for the certifying examination late next year. UCNS subspecialty recognition is not viewed in the same light as ABPN subspecialty recognition, and dis- An update on the Strategic Plan for Geriatric Neu- cussions regarding ABPN subspecialties may or may rology not pertain to UCNS subspecialties. As one example, there currently exist important differences between Each AAN Section has been requested to develop a ABMS/ABPN and UCNS regarding training support. Strategic Plan by January 31, 2009. Strategic Plans
  4. 4. Fall 2008 The Official Newsletter of the Geriatric Neurology Section / Volume 3 / Issue 4 offer the opportunity to review the current status of the Section and the subspecialty represented by the Sec- tion, define vision and goals for the Section and subspecialty, and identify opportunities and challenges in the years ahead. These documents will be used internally by the AAN as it develops an overall Strategic Plan for the AAN, and they will serve as re- sources for a variety of Academy committees and initiatives. The first step in formulating a Strategic Plan was to review the history of the Section. This step has been completed, and you should receive a copy of the document soon, if you have not already. The next step is to consider where we are and what lies before us. This process involves what the Academy calls a SWOT analysis: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. The Academy has singled out five areas for review: Patient care and practice, Research, Education, Medical economics issues, and Legislative issues. These reviews will be overseen by topic leaders Dr. Ralph Richter (patient care and practice), Dr. Richard Camicioli (research), Dr. James Galvin (education), Dr. David Hart (medical economics issues), and Dr. Glen Finney (legislative issues). We have issued a call to Section members to provide suggestions and com- ments about these topics. At the moment, we ask that member comments be forwarded to Section liaison Lynne Koester (, who will pass them on to topic leaders. Comments can also be distrib- uted through the Geriatric Neurology Listserve ( Listserve comments are reviewed by Ms. Koester before posting, but they are then distributed more broadly to the entire Section. The Executive Committee (Drs. Zoe Arvanitakis, David Bennett, Charles DeCarli, James Galvin, Anil Nair, and myself) will edit the documents prepared by topic leaders and incorporate them into the developing Stra- tegic Plan. We hope to have this part of the process completed by the end of November and will email all of you a copy of the updated Plan at that time for your further feedback and suggestions. Subsequent steps in the development of the Strategic Plan will be to add short-term and long-term goals for the Section and for geriatric neurology as a subspecialty, and to draw conclusions on the role of geriatric neurology within the AAN and within the broader scope of neurologic practice, education, and research. We look forward to your advice and comments during the ensuing months. Junior Faculty Volunteers Wanted AAN Geriatric Section Webpage and Listserv AAN Topic Chairs are assigned to a particular spe- We are working to ensure that the content on the Sec- cialty topic, and are responsible for coordinating the tion pages of the is useful and informa- grading, selection, and assignment of abstracts for the tional. If there are items or pieces of information you AAN Annual Meeting Scientific Program. Charles would like to see on the Geriatric Section webpage, DeCarli, MD, is currently the topic chair for Aging please contact Lynee Koester at or and Dementia. (651) 695-2739 with your suggestions. Please check out the AAN Geriatric Section webpage Dr. DeCarli stated that he feels strongly about getting at junior members involved in the AAN. Please contact Lynee Koester at if you wish to To become a part of the Geriatric Section listserv, go get you involved in the Aging and Dementia review to the following link: process, or if you would like to co-chair some of the axon/assets/4634.pdf. sessions. This is a great way to get involved and get exposure at the AAN.
  5. 5. Fall 2008 The Official Newsletter of the Geriatric Neurology Section / Volume 3 / Issue 4 Application Deadline for UCNS Advocacy in Geriatric Neurology Geriatric Certification Examination There’s an advocacy renaissance at the American Acad- The United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties emy of Neurology (AAN). The Academy brings 100 neu- (UCNS) membership application from the Geriatric rologists to Washington to educate lawmakers during Neurology Section was approved in early 2008. The Neurology on the Hill. Thirty neurologists attend the exam is currently scheduled for December 7 through Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum; training in media 11, 2009, with the application deadline set for June relations, grassroots advocacy, and action planning. The 15, 2009. Application materials are not yet available, Viste Health Policy Fellowship has neurologists serve on but a notice will be sent immediately when the mate- US congressional staffs. In 2007, the Academy formed rials are finalized and posted on the UCNS website. the American Academy of Neurology Professional Asso- ciation (AANPA), which oversees Academy advocacy. The UCNS Certification Manager is in the process of AANPA formed a political action committee, BrainPAC, setting up conference calls with the selected examina- increasing neurology’s standing with legislators and tion committee. When these calls have been com- medical societies. The Academy’s website advocacy sec- pleted, they will begin writing exam questions. The tion has advocacy articles by neurologists, and VOCUS, UCNS Accreditation Council is conducting a final our e-advocacy site. Through email Action Alerts, neu- review of the Geriatric Neurology core curriculum rologists contact legislators on important issues. and program requirements, and one finalized, the exam committee will work with the core curriculum Many areas of neurology need knowledgeable advocates, to develop the exam. The UCNS Accreditation especially geriatric neurology with the aging baby boom- Council will be meeting in November 2008 to review ers. Alzheimer’s disease approaches 5 million afflicted, and approve the core curriculum and program re- costing $15 billion yearly. The Florida NeuroAlliance, a quirements. coalition of patient and neurologist advocates, has identi- fied issues impacting patients, especially seniors, includ- ing transportation and medication access. We are holding Robert Katzman regional meetings to identify specific needs in Florida. Robert Katzman, MD, the UC San Diego neuroscien- We know the problems when patients can’t drive. We tist who pushed Alzheimer's disease into the public know the need to prevent deadly wandering in dementia consciousness as a "major killer" and who co- patients. We need geriatric neurologist advocates; you founded the activist Alzheimer's Assn., died Tues- can start at day , September 16, 2008 at his home in La Jolla af- ter a long illness. He was 82. Glen R. Finney, MD Katzman played a major role in making San Diego one of the major centers for Alzheimer's research in the United States, if not the world. Current Contact Information Dr. Katzman was honored in 2006 by the AAN Foundation and the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Dis- Please notify the AAN if you have received this ease Research Center at the University of California, newsletter and are no longer a member of the Geriat- San Diego, for his distinguished and legendary con- ric Neurology Section, or if you have changed your tributions to Alzheimer disease. At a luncheon at- contact information in the last year (such as address, tended by the Katzman family, colleagues, and e-mail address, or telephone number). Contact Ly- friends, the Foundation launched the new Robert nee Koester at or (651) 695-2739 Katzman, MD, Fund, which will support ground- with your updated contact information. breaking neurological research. " Please also contact Lynee Koester if you would like If you would like to make a donation to the Robert to become a member of the Geriatric Neurology Sec- Katzman, MD, Fund, please check out the following tion. link: index.cfm? Geriatric Neurology Section - 5
  6. 6. Fall 2008 The Official Newsletter of the Geriatric Neurology Section / Volume 3 / Issue 4 2009 AAN Annual Meeting Programs Related to Aging, Dementia, and Cognitive Neurology (note that dates/times are subject to change) Aging/Dementia/Degenerative Disease ID Title Event Time Director(s) 1KP.004 Assessment of Rapidly Progressive Dementias and Related Neurologic Sat., April 25 Bradley Boeve, MD Conditions 6:00 pm—8:00 pm 2BS.004 Differential Diagnosis of Dementia: Improvements in Syndromic Dis- Sun., April 26 David Knopman, MD crimination 6:45 am—8:30 am 2DS.007 Promoting Successful Cognitive Aging: Factors, Facts, and Fairy Tales Sun., April 26 Kirk Daffner, MD 6:00 pm—9:00 pm 3BS.004 Diagnosing Spells in Older Adults Mon., April 27 Joseph Drazkowski, MD 6:45 am—8:30 am 3FC.004 Dementia Update Mon., April 27 Neill Graff-Radford, MD, FAAN 9:00 am—5:00 pm 3CL.001 Coding Lunch: Dementia Mon., April 27 Marc Nuwer, MD, PhD, FAAN 12:00 pm—1:00 pm 3DS.003 Mild Cognitive Impairment: Implications for Clinicians Mon. April 27 Ronald Petersen, PhD, MD 6:30 pm—9:30 pm 3AS.005 Improving Accuracy of Dementia Diagnosis: Case Studies with Neu- Mon. April 27 Norman Foster, MD, FAAN ropathology 7:30 pm—10:30 pm 4BS.002 Vascular Cognitive Impairment and Dementia: Current Status and Tues., April 28 Larry Goldstein, MD, FAAN Future 6:45 am—8:30 am 6PC.003 Ethics, Clinical Practice, and Challenges in Neurogeriatric Care for the Thurs., April 30 Jerome Kurent, MD, MPH, FAAN 21st Century 2:15 pm—6:00 pm 6PC.004 Menopausal/Andropausal Neurology Thurs., April 30 Andrew Herzog, MD, MSc, FAAN 2:15 pm—6:00 pm 6CS.001 Case Studies in Dementia Thurs., April 30 Jody Corey-Bloom, MD, PhD 7:00 pm—10:00 pm 7PC.004 Non-Alzheimer’s Dementia Fri., May 1 Daniel Kaufer, MD, FAAN 1:15 pm—5:00 pm 8BS.004 A Case-Based Seminar of Frontotemporal Dementia Sat., May 2 Andrew Kertesz, MD, FAAN 6:45 am—8:30 am Cognitive Neurology/Neurologic Disorders Presenting with Psychiatric Symptoms 3PC.003 Behavioral Neurology: Contemporary Topics: Memory Mon., April 27 Anjan Chatterjee, MD 2:15 pm—6:00 pm 3AS.004 Hallucinations in Parkinson’s Disease: Pathogenesis and Practical Mon., April 27 Christopher Goetz, MD, FAAN Management 7:30 pm—10:30 pm 4BS.002 Vascular Cognitive Impairment and Dementia: Current Status and Tues, April 28 Larry Goldstein, MD, FAAN Future 6:45 am—8:30 am 6BS.003 Psychiatry for the Neurologist Thurs., April 30 Mario Mendez, MD, PhD, FAAN 6:45 am—8:30 am 7BS.003 Creativity and Neurologic Disease Fri., May 1 Kenneth Heilman, MD, FAAN 6:45 am—8:30 am 7BS.004 Primer of Cognitive Neurology Fri., May 1 Bruce Miller, MD 9:00 am—12:45 pm 8BS.003 Can I Drive? Can I Fly? Sat., May 2 Joseph Sirven, MD, FAAN 6:45 am—8:30 am 8AC.006 Structure Function Correlations in Behavioral Neurology Sat., May 2 Argye Hills, MD, MA 9:00 am—12:45 pm
  7. 7. Fall 2008 The Official Newsletter of the Geriatric Neurology Section / Volume 3 / Issue 4 Geriatric and Aging-Related Fellowships Below is a list of some of the available geriatric neurology fellowships submitted from various facilities across the country. Name of Website and Brief Description Requirements Contact Info Program Aging and Must be graduate of Send CV and two letters Dementia accredited training of reference to: Fellowship Albert Einstein College of Medicine program in neurol- Bronx, NY ogy or medicine, Joe Verghese, MD, Divi- eligible for licensure sion of Cognitive and Mo- Combining clinical and research experiences; Cog- by NY State, US tor Aging/Einstein Aging nitive and motor changes in normal aging and de- citizen or permanent Study, 1165 Morris Park mentia, clinicopathological studies, neuroimaging, resident Ave, Room 314, Bronx, biological markers, genetics NY 10461 Geriatric Completed training Contact: Fellowship in internal medicine or family practice; John R. Meuleman, MD, interview with fac- VA Medical Center University of Florida and the Gainesville VA Medi- ulty, three reference Email secretary Norma cal Center letters Morrison at Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center gov (GRECC) Provides basic knowledge and psychological aspects of aging. Lectures, conferences, seminars, grand rounds. Experience gained from clinical care, re- search, teaching, and administration. Geriatric US citizen, comple- Contact: Neurology and tion of neurology Dementia University College of San Diego residency application Douglas Galasko This is a mixed clinical and research fellowship. Fellow will receive clinical training in dementia and geriatric neurology at outpatient clinics at the VA, at UCSD, and through UCSD Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Neurobehavior/ Howard Rosen, Program Dementia Director Fellowship Memory and Aging Center, University of Califor- nia, San Francisco Their mission is to provide the highest quality of care for individuals with cognitive problems, to con- duct research on causes and cures for degenerative brain diseases, and to educate health professionals, patients, and their families. Continued on next page Geriatric Neurology Section - 7
  8. 8. Fall 2008 The Official Newsletter of the Geriatric Neurology Section / Volume 3 / Issue 4 Name of Website and Brief Description Require- Contact Info Program ments Memory Disor- Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts US medical license Send CV and two letters of ders Clinical General Hospital/Harvard Medical School/ and be board eligi- reference to: Research Fellow- Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Cen- ble/certified. ship ter Reisa Sperling, MD, Director Boston, MA of Clinical Research, Memory Disorders Unit, Brigham and Training in clinical assessment of memory disor- Women’s Hospital, 221 Long- ders, clinical research and clinical trials in AD, wood Ave, Boston, MA functional, structural, and molecular imaging re- 02115 search projects Neurobehavior US or Canadian Send CV and two letters of of Dementia Fel- residency completed reference to: lowship Baylor College of Medicine in neurology, psy- Houston, TX chiatry; or USMLE Rachelle Smith Doody, MD, parts I, II and III PhD, Alzheimer’s Disease and Mostly outpatient experience and exposure to na- and completion of Memory Disorders Center, tional and multicenter cooperative projects. In- residency in neurol- Baylor College of Medicine, depth training in clinical diagnosis, treatment and ogy or psychiatry 6550 Fannin, Suite 1801, multidisciplinary management of mild cognitive Houston, TX 77030 impairment, Alzheimer’s disease and related disor- ders. Cognitive and Completion of neu- Send letter of interest, CV, Behavioral Neu- Gainesville, FL rology or psychiatry three letters of recommenda- rology Fellow- residency tion (hard copies) to: ship Train physicians to assess and care for people with cognitive disorders associated with aging, perform Kenneth M. Heilman, MD, research with patients Department of Neurology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL 32610 University of Graduates of Susan Czapiewski, MD, Minnesota residency/geriatric/home.html ACGME-accredited Director, Geropsychiatry Pro- Geropsychiatry psychiatry residen- gram Fellowship One-year program. Integration with county hospi- cies are eligible VA Medical Center (116A) tal Geriatric Medicine Fellowship; VAMC Demen- One Veterans Drive tia and Memory Disorders Clinic at Geriatric, Re- Minneapolis, MN 55417 search, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC); active multidisciplinary outpatient clinic at VAMC; faculty with strong interest in neuropsychiatry. Behavior MD degree or Anil K. Nair, MD Neurology fellowships/neurology.html equivalent with Neurology Fellowship Direc- Fellowship USMLE certifica- tor, BU Alzheimer’s Disease Two to three year program designed to train physi- tion Clinical and Research Pro- cians to become independent clinical researchers gram and to provide advanced clinical training in behav- Boston University School of ioral neurology and the management of neurode- Medicine generative disorders. 715 Albany Street, B7800 Boston, MA 02118 Geriatric Neurology Section - 8
  9. 9. Fall 2008 The Official Newsletter of the Geriatric Neurology Section / Volume 3 / Issue 4 Useful Websites The following are some useful web addresses for dementia and other geriatric-related organizations: Organization Website link GENERAL SITES National Institute on Aging National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke American Geriatrics Society education link CLINICAL TRIALS National Institutes of Health DISEASES/SYNDROME-SPECIFIC SITES Alzheimer’s Association Alzheimer Foundation of America Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center Lewy Body Dementia Association Association for Frontotemporal Dementias National Aphasia Association Creutzfeldt-Jakob Foundation National Parkinson Foundation Hereditary Disease Foundation (for Huntington’s disease) Hydocephalus Foundation American Stroke Foundation American Stroke Association