Today, 20% of all American physicians, including psychiatrists, are over age 65. Surveys show that practicing senior physicians have a high degree of satisfaction with their work. Over the next two decades, the number and proportion of senior psychiatrists will increase progressively. Senior psychiatrists will play an increasingly important role as clinicians, consultants, educators, mentors and administrators. They will be invaluable in dealing with the worsening physician shortages resulting from the growing and aging population, mainly by extending their careers in clinical practice but sometimes by reentry into practice, yet organized psychiatry has paid relatively little attention to its senior members. There is an urgent and serious need to consider and implement strategies to enhance the well-being of senior psychiatrists. Issues of cognitively impaired older physicians are under debate in state agencies. In the near future, professional organizations will be active in assessing, relicensing and credentialing senior physicians. These organizations need to help their senior members with training in the use of new technology and provide them with opportunities to obtain CME in a user-friendly manner. Senior psychiatrists are a heterogeneous group. Therefore, individualized strategies for helping them are necessary. Investing in senior psychiatrists will pay off handsomely because of their value for patient care as well as for mentoring younger psychiatrists. This presentation discusses strategies for the successful aging of psychiatrists, with examples of those who have pursued different lines of work.
**This content was captured at the 2016 APA Annual Meeting and may reference information from various sources and terminology from previous editions of the DSM.
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- Describe positive psychiatry and its five pillars
- Analyze research data and trends related to domains of health in aging mental health patients
- Identify positive psychiatry interventions for older mental health patients and its role in community level interventions
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Estimated Duration: 30 minutes
Begin Date: April 1, 2017
End Date: February 1, 2020
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- Dilip V. Jeste, M.D., University of California-San Diego. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Cristina Montalvo, M.D., M.B.S., Boston University Medical Center. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Ricardo A. Juarez, M.S., Deputy Director, Development and Engagement, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Claire Van Wagner, Membership Development Coordinator, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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