3rd Annual Geriatric Behavioral Health Conference

Des Moines, IA US
October 3, 2019 to October 4, 2019


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


  • Healthcare Professionals: $99
  • Broadlawns Medical Center Residents: $0
  • Students: $0
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Learn from national experts about geriatric dementia and other mental health disorders that occur in older adults. Open to all interested healthcare professionals.


  • Psychiatric evaluation of the older patient
  • Somatic symptom and related disorders
  • Sleep disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Confusion and old age
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Electroconvulsive therapy in geriatrics
  • Mental health of the clinician


Thursday, October 3
7 amRegistration and Breakfast
7:50 amWelcome
Robert Bender, MD, Broadlawns Medical Center
8 am

The Psychiatric Evaluation of the Older Patient
Robert Bender, MD, Broadlawns Medical Center

8:45 am

Psychotic Disorders in Late Life
Douglas Steenblock, MD, UnityPoint Health

9:30 am


9:45 am

Robert Bender, MD, Broadlawns Medical Center

10:30 am

Anxiety Disorders
Paul Volker, MD, Des Moines University

11:15 am


12 pm

Schizophrenia in Late Life
Robert Bender, MD, Broadlawns Medical Center

12:45 pm

Sleep Disorders in Late Life
Jason Wittmer, MD, Broadlawns Medical Center

1:30 pm


1:45 pm

Bipolar Disorder in Late Life
Rebecca Lundquist, MD, Broadlawns Medical Center

2:30 pm

Panel Discussion (topic and speakers TBD)

4 pmAdjourn
Friday, October 4
7 am

Registration and Breakfast

8 am

Current Challenges and Opportunities in the Delivery of Excellent Psychiatric Care of Elderly Patients
Hari Kannan, MD, South Dakota

8:45 am

Confusion and Old Age: Practical Approach to Diagnosis and Management
Yogesh Shah, MD, MPH, Broadlawns Medical Center

9:30 am


9:45 am

Electroconvulsive Therapy in Geriatrics
Ahmar Butt, MD, Broadlawns Medical Center

10:30 am

Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders in Late Life
Robert Bender, MD, Broadlawns Medical Center

11:15 amLunch
11:45 amPain Management and Opioids: Balancing Risks and Benefits
1:45 pmWrap-Up and Complete CO*RE REMS Materials
2 pmAdjourn


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Exhibitor space is available at the tiered cost of $150 - $800. Please email cme@dmu.edu for more information if you are interested in participating in the conference.

Course summary
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Event starts: 
10/03/2019 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
10/04/2019 - 1:45pm
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), and more can be found on the DMU accommodations website. 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)


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.

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