2nd Annual Geriatric Psych Conference

Des Moines, IA US
October 4, 2018 to October 5, 2018


This course is open to all interested healthcare providers. Attend on-site at Des Moines University or on-line! 


  • Healthcare Professionals: $99
  • Students: $0
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Learn from national experts about geriatric dementia and the complications that often accompany the disorder. Open to all interested healthcare professionals.

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.


Thursday, October 4
10 amRegistration
11:30 amWelcome
Robert Bender, MD, Broadlawns Medical Center
12:30 pmUse of Antipsychotics in the Nursing Home Population
Hari Kannan, MD, South Dakota
1:30 pm

Paul Volker, MD, Des Moines University

  • List several medical complications that can result from overprescribing.
  • Describe the financial and care burden which results from overprescribing.
  • Develop a plan for evaluation of polypharmacy and for rational deprescribing.
2:30 pm


2:45 pm

Non-Pharmacologic Approaches with Dementia Care
BreAnn Klaas, RN, Independent Educator

  • Develop a person-centered approach for at least one person with dementia using 0-1 RX as an intervention.
  • List at least five non-pharmacologic approaches to dementia care.
  • Explain how non-pharmacologic approaches benefit a person with dementia. 
3:45 pm

Mood Disorders in the Elderly
Ahmar Butt, MD, Broadlawns Medical Center 

  • List symptoms and causes of late-life mood disorders in older adults.
  • Compare and contrast the presentation of mood disorders in older patients to those of younger patients.
  • Treat mood disorders in aging adults.
4:45 pmAdjourn
Friday, October 5
8:30 am

Opening Remarks and Choosing Wisely
Paul Mulhausen, MD, MHS, FACP, Telligen

  • Effectively manage dementia-related problem behaviors with evidence-based approaches to use of antipsychotics. 
  • Consistently recommend non-pharmacologic approaches to the management of insomnia before recommending sedative-hypnotics.
  • Reference the AGS and AMDA PALTC Choosing Wisely Resources in the care of aging patients.
9 am

Dementing Illnesses
Robert Bender, MD, Broadlawns Medical Center

  • Differentiate between dementia and delirium.
  • Identify approaches to patients with accute and chronic confusion.
  • Review treatment of dementia.
10 am


10:15 am

Neuropsych Testing and Psychotherapy
Kathleen Laurin, PhD, Broadlawns Medical Center

  • Identify aspects of patient history relevant to clarifying questions of suspected cognitive decline. 
  • List and discuss at least three tools for in-office functional and cognitive screening. 
  • Identify patients appropriate for referral for formal neuropsychological testing and/or psychotherapy. 
11:15 am

Alcoholism in the Elderly
Michelle Davids, DO, Broadlawns Medical Center 

  • Define alcohol use disorder in the elderly.
  • Use interventions to treat alcohol use disorders.
12:15 pm


12:45 pm

Evaluating Decisional Capacity: Basics and Beyond
Kyle S. Page, PhD, ABPP, VA Central Iowa Health Care System
Kathleen C. Matthews, PhD, VA Central Iowa Health Care System

  • Summarize four commonly recognized standards of a decisional capacity evaluation for consenting to medical treatment.
  • List strengths and challenges of current evaluation approaches.
  • Analyze evaluation challenges when working with a geriatric population.
2:15 pmBreak
2:30 pm

Yogesh Shah, MD, MPH, Broadlawns Medical Center

  • Define the Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD)?
  • List the predisposing or precipitating risk factors for BPSD.
  • Use interventions to manage BPSD.
3:30 pm

Sexually Inappropriate Behaviors
Douglas Steenblock, MD, UnityPoint Health

  • Become more proficient in differentiating between normal expressions of sexuality and sexually inappropriate behavior. 
  • Review the potential underlying causes of sexually inappropriate behavior.
  • Discuss pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions used to manage sexually inappropriate behavior.
4:30 pmAdjourn


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

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

Michelle Davids, DO
Psychiatrist, Broadlawns Medical Center 

Kathleen Laurin, PhD
Behavioral Health Therapist, Broadlawns Medical Center

Hari Kannan, MD
Psychiatrist, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

BreAnn Klaas, RN
Independent Educator

Kathleen C. Matthews, PhD
Geriatric Psychologist, VA Central Iowa Health Care System

Paul Mulhausen, MD, MHS, FACP
Chief Medical Officer, Telligen

Kyle S. Page, PhD, ABPP
Geriatric Psychologist, VA Central Iowa Health Care System

Douglas Steenblock, MD
Psychiatrist, UnityPoint Health

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

Paul Volker, MD
Physician and Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, Des Moines University


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

  • Yogesh Shah, MD, MPH, Speaker
  • Robert Bender, MD, Speaker
  • Michelle Davids, DO, Speaker
  • BreAnn Klaas, RN, Speaker
  • Kathleen Laurin, PhD, Speaker
  • Kyle S. Page, PhD, ABPP, Speaker

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

  • Ahmar Butt, MD, Speaker - Dr. Butt does not have a relationship with a commercial interest but does intend to discuss off-label uses of a commercial product and will disclose this to the audience.
  • Paul Mulhausen, MD, MHS, FACP, Speaker - Dr. Mulhausen discloses that he is an employee of Telligen, Inc. and that he intends to discuss off-label uses of a commercial product and will disclose this to the audience.
  • Douglas Steenblock, MD, Speaker - Dr. Steenblock does not have a relationship with a commercial interest but does intend to discuss off-label uses of a commercial product and will disclose this to the audience.
  • Paul Volker, MD, Speaker - Dr. Volker discloses that he is a recipient of a HRSA grant through the Geriatrics Workforce Education Project.




Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 10.50 AOA Category 2­A
  • 10.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 10.50 IBON
  • 10.50 CE Contact Hours
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/04/2018 - 11:30am
Event ends: 
10/05/2018 - 4:30pm
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.


Hotel Accommodations

There are numerous hotels available in the Des Moines area. Below are a few options located downtown (close to campus), near the airport and west of Des Moines. Some hotels offer shuttle service to DMU, but you must inquire with the hotel directly. Some hotels may offer a discount (based on availability). Mention DMU to your hotel to see if a discount may be available.

Des Moines Marriott – Downtown
700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

  • May offer discounted rates
  • Airport shuttle service
  • Restaurant and lounge
  • Health club and indoor pool

Hyatt Place Des Moines
418 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
515-282-5555 or 888-591-1234

  • Airport shuttle service
  • Complimentary shuttle service to Des Moines University
  • Complimentary Hot American & Continental Breakfast
  • Fitness Center & Indoor Pool
  • DMU Discounted Rate (mention Des Moines University Corporate Rate)

Renaissance Savery Hotel – Downtown
401 Locust Street
Des Moines, IA 50309

  • Airport shuttle service
  • Restaurant and lounge
  • DMU discount on standard rooms (based on availability)

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 10.5 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 10.5 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 10.5 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.​
  • Other Health Professionals: This live activity is designated for a maximum of 10.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


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


Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas. 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

  • 10.50 AOA Category 2­A
  • 10.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 10.50 IBON
  • 10.50 CE Contact Hours

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
Course expires: 


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  • All cancellations must be received in writing at cme@dmu.edu.
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