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  Brie Williams in quoted in The Economist
Mar 05, 2013 Dr. Brie Williams was quoted in an article in The Economist calling attention to the often unmet medical and social services needs of the aging prisoner population worldwide. The article describes the rapid aging of prison populations in many of the world’s richest nations (including in the U.S.) and recounts how, despite dramatic increases in the amount of money spent on prisoner healthcare, prisons and jails are often ill-equipped to meet the complex healthcare needs of their geriatric prisoners.
 


 
Mar 05, 2013 Sei Lee and Eric Widera are quoted in the New York Times about medical procedures that seniors should avoid
 


  Congratulations to Kathryn Eubank!
Mar 05, 2013 Kathryn Eubank has been selected as the UCSF Ethics Steward. In this role she will be developing learning objectives and a curriculum to support medical students in attaining a strong foundation in medical ethics
 


  Louise Walter receives award from AGS!
Mar 05, 2013 Louise Walter has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Mid-Career Research Mentorship Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine. This national award is given to a clinician investigator who demonstrates excellence in research and commitment to mentorship of junior investigators. The award letter said "While there were a number of strong candidates this year, we found your nomination letters from Drs. Sei Lee, Stephen Hulley, and Brie Williams to be especially compelling." Dr. Walter will receive this award on Friday April 26th during the Award Lunch at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine in Denver Colorado.
 


  Eric Widera published two papers
Mar 08, 2013 Eric Widera recently published two papers; Five things physicians and patients should question in hospice and palliative medicine and What's to Blame for Falls and Fractures? Poor Sleep or the Sleeping Medication?
 


  Sei Lee publishes paper
Mar 08, 2013 Sei Lee’s paper on Predicting 10 year mortality was recently published . The authors included Marisa Cruz, MD; Ken Covinsky, MD, MPH; Eric W. Widera , MD; Irena Stijacic-Cenzer, MA.
 


  Christine Ritchie appears in the March 6th edition of Forbes.com
Mar 08, 2013 Christine Ritchie appears in the March 6th edition of Forbes.com after presenting at a “Meeting of the Minds.” This meeting brought together healthcare providers with ideas for improving healthcare and technologists eager to develop solutions. Dr. Ritchie discussed ideas for using technology to improve chronic pain management in older adults
 


  UCSF Geriatrics program ranks 6th in the nation!
Mar 15, 2013 UCSF Geriatrics was ranked in the Top 10 for 2013 by US News & World Report. UCSF's rise to the top 10 has been catalyzed by grants from the NIH, the VA, John Hartford Foundation, the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation and by gifts from many personal donors. UCSF Geriatrics joins Top 10 programs at Mount Sinai, Johns Hopkins, UCLA, Duke, Harvard, University of Michigan, University of Washington, University of Pittsburgh and Yale. US News & World Report Reviews and Rankings for Geriatric Programs
 


  Carla Perissinotto is volunteering in Mexico
Mar 19, 2013 Dr Carla Perissinotto is spending the next 2 weeks volunteering for the 3rd year at the San Carlos Hospital in Altamirano, Chiapas, Mexico. In addition to her clinical work locally, Carla is very passionate about working in low resource settings internationally. As a volunteer, Carla will be working with adults in both the inpatient and outpatient setting, and will also work on training the local physicians on the care of older adults. Each trip brings new experiences for Carla and she is excited to see what this trip will bring. To learn more about the Hospital San Carlos, click here
 


  IOA/UCSF Geriatrics Conference April 10th
Mar 19, 2013 Institute on Aging and UCSF Division of Geriatrics, Northern California Geriatric Education Center present the conference: LGBT & Aging: Focus on Equality The second part of this groundbreaking conference series, “LGBT & Aging: Focus on Equality” takes place on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 8 am - 5 pm at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco, CA 94115.
 


  Theresa Allison featured in AARP Bullitin
Mar 19, 2013 Theresa Allison was featured in the March 2013 edition of the AARP Bullitin, a periodical that has a wider readership than most medical journals. The story was titled, “The Power of Music,” and opens with Theresa Allison talking about how her grandmother can’t converse but they can sing together.
 


  UCSF Housecalls team was highlighted in an article in the Wall Street Journal
Mar 19, 2013 The UCSF Housecalls team was highlighted in an article in the Wall Street Journal this week on reducing rehospitalizations for patients with congestive heart failure. Working with cardiology and home health, Housecalls has been able to help reduce the rehospitalization rate at UCSF Medical Center below the national average.
 


 
Mar 19, 2013 One of the first things UCSF Geriatrician Louise Aronson did after finishing her 27 years of education and training was sign up for a creative writing class. At first she thought writing would be little more than an extracurricular activity and a way to revive the long-neglected artistic parts of herself. But early on she found that medicine and writing were synergistic—by becoming a writer, she became a better doctor, and because she was a doctor, she had meaningful, moving and important stories to tell. As a doctor, writing helped Louise see things from her patients’ perspectives, cope with some of the sad and disturbing parts of her practice, and learn to explain medicine in clear and accessible ways. At the same time, being a writer as well as a doctor allowed her to pay tribute to patients and colleagues by telling parts of their stories, create characters that helped people understand and care about people very different from themselves, and say something about illness and medicine – and so, about life – that hadn’t been said before. The resulting book, A History of the Present Illness, was published by Bloomsbury earlier this year.


 


  The Medical Legal Partnership for Seniors was featured in the NY Times
Mar 21, 2013 The Medical Legal Partnership for Seniors is a joint project of the UCSF-UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy and it was recently featured in the New York Times. The service was launched in August 2012 and enrolls 6-8 law students from UC Hastings each semester to work closely with their Faculty Attending, Yvonne Troya, and Drs. Carolyn Welty and Helen Kao from the UCSF Division of Geriatrics. The UCSF-UC Hastings MLPS is one of only a few medical-legal partnerships developed specifically to address the needs of older adults. There are 3 core components to MLPS: direct legal service to seniors, transforming health and legal institutions, and impacting policy.
 


  Louise Aronson is interviewed and gives commentary
Mar 21, 2013 Louise Aronson was interviewed about her book and work for the magazine Pain Pathways. Read more here . Louise also authored a commentary for the Journal Medical Education on The Value of Medical Education Programs: What Are the Right Questions? You can read the article here
 


  Michi, Anna, and Eric are nominated for 2013 Kaiser Award
Mar 25, 2013 Each year, medical students and residents recognize exceptional faculty teachers through the Kaiser Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Anna Chang , Eric Widera and Michi Yukawa were nominated as one of the 2013 Kaiser Award Nominees.
 


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