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  Rebecca Sudore launches Prepare website!
Jan 04, 2013 Today, Dr. Rebecca Sudore, MD, launched a new, interactive website called PREPARE. The online tool helps people prepare for advance care planning and complex medical decision making by providing concrete examples through videos on how to identify what is most important in life, how to communicate that with family and friends and doctors, and how to make informed medical decisions. The resource is being launched on the heels of a recently published a study on advance care planning in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management by co-authors Ryan McMahan, BS and Rebecca Sudore, MD. The paper, entitled Advance Care Planning Beyond Advance Directives: Perspectives from Patients and Surrogates, identified gaps in planning for decisions about serious illness among a culturally diverse group of patients and surrogate decision makers, or individuals who have made medical decisions for others. The results of this research makes up the basis for the PREPARE website. To read more about PREPARE go to

  Alex Smith contributes to manuscript in the Gerontologist
Jan 11, 2013 Rafael Romo (UCSF geriatric PhD nursing candidate), Meg Wallhagan , Guy Micco , Catherine Eng , Eliseo Perez-Stable , Lindsey Yourman, and Alex Smith published a manuscript in the Gerontologist titled, “Perceptions of Successful Aging Among Diverse Elders with Late Life Disability .” This paper challenges the notion that successful aging means aging without becoming disabled. Disabled elders in this diverse sample felt like they had aged successfully, and did not view themselves as failures

  PREPARE featured in the NY Times and USA Today
Jan 11, 2013 A new advance care planning website designed by Rebecca Sudore , MD, called PREPARE was featured in the New York Times, New Old Age Blog , written by Paula Span, and in USA Today

  Louise Aronson's book to be released on January 22!
Jan 11, 2013 Louise Aronson's book, A History of the Present Illness, linked stories about San Francisco doctors and patients, will be released January 22! Visit her website to learn more about the book , view a video trailer and read/sign up for her blog about medicine and writing. Initial reviews have compared Louise’s writing to Oliver Sachs, Abraham Verghese, and Anton Chekhov. Support Louise by attending a book launch reading from A History of the Present Illness in the East Bay (A Great Good Place for Books 1/23 7PM), San Francisco (City Lights 1/24 7PM), or the North Bay (Book Passage 1/27 4PM and Copperfield’s 1/29 7PM)!

  Alex Smith is an author of a new chapter in UpToDate
Jan 14, 2013 Alex Smith is an author of a new chapter in UpToDate on communicating prognosis in palliative care. This is now available online. UpToDate is building up a portfolio of palliative care related topics.

  Best Student Research Report Award!
Jan 16, 2013 Mount Sinai medical student, Christopher Su won the 2012 Best Student Research Report Award for the AFAR/NIA funded Medical Student Training in Aging Research Program. Chris worked with his mentor, Rebecca Sudore,MD and Ryan McMahan, Staff Research Associate, on a qualitative research project focused on family dynamics and the experiences of first born children caring for parents at the end-of-life.

  Sei Lee, Louise Walter, John Boscardin publish paper
Jan 16, 2013 Sei Lee , Louise Walter , John Boscardin , Irena Stijacic Cenzer, Sarah O’Brien (former RA) and Jessamyn Conell-Price (current UCSF medical student) published a paper entitled, “Time-lag to Benefit after Screening for Breast and Colorectal Cancer” in the British Medical Journal. Analyzing previously published studies, they found that it takes about 10 years after cancer screening occurs for the benefits of screening to be seen, suggesting that cancer screening should be targeted for older patients with >10 years of life expectancy.

  Sei Lee featured in S.J. Mercury
Jan 18, 2013 Dr. Sei Lee was featured in an article in the San Jose Mercury News about his experiences with his frail mother who was hospitalized after a fall. The article recounts how the standard care in hospitals focuses on interventions like blood draws and catheters which may be harmful for frail older patients.

  Brie Williams participates in the Workshop on Health and Incarceration
Jan 24, 2013 Brie Williams recently participated in the Workshop on Health and Incarceration at the National Research Council in Washington DC, where she joined a panel of 15 fellow national experts on incarceration and health. The workshop was jointly sponsored by the Institute of Medicine’s Board on Health of Select Populations and the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Law and Justice. Products of the workshop are intended to influence future policy development and research, and the proceedings will also help inform a current National Research Council committee that is examining the causes of high rates of incarceration in the U.S.

  Congratulations to Christine Ritchie!
Jan 24, 2013 A AAHPM PDIA Palliative Medicine National Leadership Award will be presented to Christine Ritchie, MD MSPH FACP FAAHPM during the PDIA breakfast and lecture on Thursday, March 14

  Bechtel Geriatrics Scholarship Awards Summit
Jan 28, 2013 The UCSF Division of Geriatrics is excited to announce the third annual Bechtel Geriatrics Scholarship Award Summit open to ACGME interns and residents in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine. The goal of the Award is to stimulate interest in a career in academic geriatrics by recognizing residents’ scholarly or research achievements in aging or geriatrics. Each award carries with it a cash prize of $500 plus a stipend to cover travel and lodging in San Francisco to present their work at a special award summit. Application Deadline: April 8, 2013 Summit Dates: June 13-14, 2013

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