The internet Geriatric Psychiatry Self-Assessment Program has been developed by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry to provide a vehicle for continuing education of the psychiatrist in clinical practice. The self-study questions, answers, and critiques that comprise the program are based on the current medical literature. The iGPSAP program is designed as a self-study educational program. It is not intended as an examination.

iGSAP Overview

Members of the editorial board strive to provide an educational experience relevant to the practice of Geriatric Psychiatry based on members' need assessment. The iGPSAP program is designed to support the educational mission of the AAGP to provide continuing medical education (CME) for the membership pertinent to the practice of Geriatric Psychiatry in all its diverse aspects (AAGP CME mission statement, November 2007).

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About iGPSAP

Members of the iGPSAP Editorial Board serve in accordance with the policies and procedures of the AAGP for editorial boards. The editorial board defines the objectives of the iGPSAP program to fulfill the iGPSAP CME mission. Editorial board members are responsible for editing and revising submitted materials, assuring the quality of the program, and evaluating the content of the publication based upon AAGP member needs.

Program Features

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Program Learning Objectives


After completing this program, participants will be able to:

• Discuss the epidemiology of psychiatric disorders and
the genetics of geriatric psychopathology.

• Explain the biology of aging and describe
changes associated with normal aging.

• Identify the cultural factors relevant to the
evaluation and treatment of older adults.

• Describe the evaluation process and diagnostic criteria useful for
identifying psychiatric disorders in the elderly population.

• Select appropriate diagnostic tools and treatment
interventions for geriatric psychiatric disorders.

• Describe treatment interventions across the
spectrum of geriatric practice settings.

• Discuss medical-legal, clinical-ethical, and financial issues
related to the practice of geriatric medicine.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). 

Credit Designation Statement

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) designates this live activity for a maximum of 42 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (expires August 15, 2026). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. In order to receive CME credit, participants must complete the self-examination and at least 80% of the questions correctly. Participants will be able to print out their certificates online. This program was developed following the ACCME Essential Areas and Elements related to enduring materials in continuing medical education. The official release date is August 15, 2017.