1st Annual Geriatric Psych Conference

Des Moines, IA US
October 6, 2017 to October 7, 2017


This course is open to all interested healthcare providers.


  • Healthcare Providers: $99
  • Students: $0
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Educate medical providers, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, and students about dementia and the complications that often accompany the dementing disorders.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate increased knowledge with regard to dementia diagnosis and treatment.
  • Differentiate types of dementia.
  • Recognize neuropsychiatric complications associated with dementia.
  • Identify psychiatric disorders that may present in the geriatric population with or without dementia.


Friday, October 6
12 pmRegistration
1 pmKeynote Address: Evolving Trends in Psychopharmacology (Non-CME)
Hari Kannon, MD
2 pm

Common Non-AD Dementias: How to Recognize and Treat Them
Heike Schmolck, MD, Mercy Ruan Neurology and Neuroscience Center

  • Differentiate symptoms of early AD from symptoms commonly seen in LBD and FTD, and understand their anatomical basis.
  • Improve diagnostic accuracy using history, exam findings, and imaging.
  • Develop a treatment plan for the respective conditions.
3 pmBreak
3:15 pm

Schizophrenia in Old Age
Maria Sonnack, MPAS, PA-C, Broadlawns Medical Center 

  • State recommendations for schizophrenia in the geriatric population.
  • Differentiate symptoms of schizophrenia in the elderly vs. alternate causes of psychosis.
  • List the risks vs. benefits of antipsychotic treatment in the geriatric population. 
4:15 pmTelehealth: Introduction and Application (Non-CME)
Kyle Savage
5:15 pmAdjourn
Saturday, October 7
9 am

Depression in Older Adults
Ahmar Butt, MD, Broadlawns Medical Center 

  • List symptoms and causes of late-life depression in older adults.
  • Compare and contrast the presentation of depression in older patients to those of younger patients.
  • Treat mood disorders in aging adults. 
10 amBreak
10:15 am

Behavioral Distrubances in Dementia
Yogesh Shah, MD, MPH, Broadlawns Medical Center

  • Identify factors precipitating behavioral disturbances.
  • Identify how to rule out medical, environmental, and caregiving causes of behavioral problems.
  • Discuss environmental and non-pharmacological management of behavioral disturbances.
  • Discuss when and how to medicate.
11:15 am

Psychiatric Pharmacogenomics: Introduction and Applications 
Stephanie Ebner, PhD, Assurex Health 

  • Identify how commonly tested genes in psychiatric pharmacogenomics can impact medication efficacy, response, and side effects.
  • Illustrate the utility of integrating pharmacogenetic testing into clinical practice.
  • Analyze and evaluate available evidence for individual pharmacogenetic tests to ensure the product selected is clinically and economically useful, and clinically valid.
12:15 pmLunch
1 pm

Healthy Aging, Successful Aging
Robert Bender, MD, Broadlawns Medical Center

  • List the 10 pillars of optimal aging.
  • Develop insights into how lifestyle affects physical and mental health.
  • Develop insights into the concept of neuroplasticity.
2 pmBreak
2:15 pm

Anxiety Disorders in the Geriatric Population
Janice Landy, MD, Broadlawns Medical Center

  • Differentiate between various anxiety disorders.
  • List psychosocial and psychotherapeutic interventions used to treat anxiety disorders in the geriatric population.
  • Discuss risks and benefits of various medications used to treat anxiety disorders in the geriatric population. 
3:15 pm

Substance Use Disorders In the Geriatric Population
Michelle Davids, DO, Broadlawns Medical Center 

  • Define substance use disorders.
  • Identify ways in which to screen substance use disorders in the geriatric population.
  • List common substances of abuse or misuse.
  • Identify treatment options for substance use disorders in the geriatric population.
4:15 pmAdjourn


Robert Bender, MD - Biography
Section Chief for Geriatrics, Broadlawns Medical Center

Ahmar Butt, MD - Biography
Adult and Child Psychiatrist, Broadlawns Medical Center 


Michelle Davids, DO - Biography
Psychiatrist, Broadlawns Medical Center 

Stephanie Ebner, PhD - Biography
Medical Affairs Manager, Assurex Health 


Hari Kannon, MD - Biography

Janice Landy, MD - Biography
Section Chief for Behavioral Health Services, Broadlawns Medical Center 


Kyle Savage - Biography

Heike Schmolck, MD - Biography
Neurologist, Mercy Medical Center


Yogesh Shah, MD, MPH - Biography
Director of Palliative Care, Broadlawns Medical Center

Maria Sonnack, MPAS, PA-C - Biography
Psychiatry, Broadlawns Medical Center 


The following speakers and planning committee members have no conflicts with commercial interests to disclose.

  • Robert Bender, MD, Actvity Director, Planning Committee, Speaker
  • Ahmar Butt, MD, Speaker
  • Michelle Davids, DO, Speaker
  • Janice Landy, MD, Speaker
  • Heike Schmolck, MD, Speaker
  • Sandra Scholten, Actvity Director, Planning Committee
  • Yogesh Shah, MD, MPH, Actvity Director, Planning Committee, Speaker
  • Maria Sonnack, MPAS, PA-C, Speaker

The following speakers and planning committee members have a conflict(s) with commercial interests to disclose.

  • Stephanie Ebner, PhD, Speaker - Employed as a Medical Affairs Manager by Assurex Health (a wholly owned subsidiary of Myriad Genetics). The DMU CME Director has reviewed the content and determined the presentation is without influence by a commercial interest company. 

The speakers will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Determination of educational content for this program and the selection of speakers are responsibilities of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas.










Des Moines University
Continuing Medical Education

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 8.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 8.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 8.00 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/06/2017 - 1:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
10/07/2017 - 5:15pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Olsen Center
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States
+1 (515) 271-1596

Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines’ most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.


DMU Campus Map



Continuing Education Credit

  • MD:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and Broadlawns Medical Center. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 8.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 8.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.​
  • Other Health Professionals: This live activity is designated for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity.

The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 8.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 8.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 8.00 IBON


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