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Primer Curso de Psicogeriatria

In 2018 the IPA collaborated with the Institute of Cognitive Neurology (INECO) Foundation in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to launch a Spanish-language online course aimed at providing initial training in psychogeriatrics to address growing needs in Latin America.
Latin America is producing a rapid process of ageing of its population and many countries in this region have achieved proportions similar to that of developed countries. This rise in the number of elderly people has generated a major increase in the prevalence and incidence of psychogeriatric disorders in this population.
However, in Latin America, there are limited opportunities in the quantity and quality of the knowledge of older adult mental health provided within the regular curricula of geriatric and psychiatric training. For example, two studies carried out in Argentina showed that while more than 50% of professionals working in mental healthcare attend to people over 65 years of age, less than 10% report having a minimum training in Psychogeriatrics.

  • The course is presented in Spanish.
  • There are five 1-hour modules.
  • Each module can be viewed independently so as to be accessible to working professionals who may have limited time.
  • This course is free to IPA members [Registration coming soon]
  Session Title Presenter
Module 1 Introduction to psychogeriatrics and delirium Dr. Julián Bustin
Module 2 Affective disorders Dr. Sergio Strejilevich
Module 3 Alzheimer's Disease: Considerations for Family and Caregivers
Alzheimer's Disease: Diagnosis
Dr. Daisy Acosta

Dr. Mary Sano
Module 4 Non-AD Dementias
Behavioral and psychological symptoms associated with dementia
Dr. Oscar Lopez
Dr. Jacobo Mintzer
Module 5 Psychotic symptoms in the elderly Dr. Marcelo Cetkovich
Course instructors have outstanding international careers and are opinion leaders in their fields:

  Julián Bustin, MD, MRCPsych

Dr. Julián Bustin currently serves as head of Psychogeriatrics and the memory clinic in INECO. He has carried out educational tasks as an Assistant of Pharmacology in the Faculty of Medicine of the Universidad Favaloro, psychological clinic and psychotherapies in the Faculty of psychology of the University of Buenos Aires and Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires. Dr. Bustin also taught Psychiatry at Queen Mary University of London and University of Liverpool students.

Sergio Strejilevich, MD
Dr. Sergio Strejilevich is medical psychiatrist graduated from the University of Buenos Aires having made the residence of Psychiatry at the Hospital Parmenio Piñero of Buenos Aires. He is currently Director of AREA, care and research of disorders of mood and Professor holder of the Institute of Neuroscience of the Universidad Favaloro in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Strejilevich currently runs a web site devoted to issues of Psychiatry and focused on colleagues in the region ( ).

Daisy Acosta, MD
Having trained in both the Dominican Republic as well as the United States, Dr. Daisy Acosta today runs one of the largest practices in the care of patients with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias in the Dominican Republic. She is active on the international level with Alzheimer's and other older adult mental health organizations.

  Mary Sano, PhD
As Past President of IPA, Dr. Mary Sano is a professor of psychiatry and Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She also serves as Director, Research and Development at the James J. Peters Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. Sano is a major contributor to both national and international organizations on the care and treatment of those with dementia.

Oscar Luis López, MD
Dr. Lopez is currently the Director of the Center for Research of the Alzheimer's Disease in Pittsburgh. He has taught several generations of students and medical residents at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Lopez published the first integrative view and results of the clinical diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia, which directly addresses the controversy regarding whether this neuropathological entity can be identified ante-mortem, especially when living with Alzheimer's disease.

Jacobo Mintzer, MD, MBA
Dr. Jacobo Mintzer is the Executive Director of Clinical Research and the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, at the Roper St. Francis Clinical Biotechnology Research Institute in Charleston, SC. He is also a professor in the department of Health Studies at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and a staff physician at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. Dr. Mintzer has been involved in clinical research on Alzheimer’s disease for the last 20 years.

  Marcelo Cetkovich, MD

Currently, Dr. Marcelo Cetkovich is the head of INECO's Department of Psychiatry, in which an ambitious program of assistance, teaching and research has been developed. He also serves as head of the Department of Psychiatry of the recently formed Institute of Neurosciences of the Favaloro Foundation.. While on staff at the Center for Biological Psychiatry, Dr. Cetkovich dedicated his activity to the diagnosis and treatment of endogenous psychoses (Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorders) and anxiety disorders.

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