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  Anna Chang elected to a four year term!
May 06, 2013 Dr. Anna Chang was elected to a four-year term as member-at-large of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). The NBME was founded in 1915 as an independent, not-for-profit organization, and it develops the US Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Steps 1, 2, and 3 each year for all US medical students and residents.

  Meredith Greene is the lead and senior author!
May 06, 2013 Meredith Greene, MD is lead author and Victor Valcour, MD senior author along with Amy Justice, MD, PhD and Harry Lampiris, MD on a recent review “Management of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection In Advanced Age”, published in JAMA as part of the Care of the Aging Patient Series. The article provides a comprehensive review of the management of older adults with HIV infection through all stages of care from screening, diagnosis and treatment initiation, to management of co-morbid conditions and polypharmacy and care at the end of life.

  Cyrus Ahalt and Brie Williams receive UCSF award!
May 06, 2013 Cyrus Ahalt, MPP, and Brie Williams, MD, MS, were recently awarded a UCSF University Community Partnerships (UCP) grant to implement a pilot in-reach program with older adults awaiting release from the San Francisco County Jail. The UCP Grants Program promotes health equity in local communities through service learning. Cyrus and Brie are partnering with professionals from San Francisco’s Adult Probation Department and Department of Public Health to deliver a series of health promotion and community health resources workshops for older jail inmates from May 2013 through April 2014

  Tacara Soones, MD, submitted one of the top scoring Geriatrics abstracts!
May 06, 2013 Tacara Soones, MD, submitted one of the top scoring Geriatrics abstracts to the 2013 annual meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM). Tacara was awarded a stipend to present her poster, “’My Clients Fall Through Every Crack in the System’: Assessing the need for geriatrics health training among legal professionals,” at this year’s meeting. Anna Darby, a medical student who spent the summer enrolled in the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program at UCSF, also submitted one of the top scoring Geriatrics abstracts to this year’s SGIM meeting. Anna, who is at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, will attend this year’s meeting to present her poster: “Evaluating a modified informed consent for older adults in correctional research.” Brie Williams, MD, MS, , served as the senior author and mentor on both Tacara’s and Anna’s projects.

  Rebecca Brown received a New Investigator Award!
May 06, 2013 Rebecca Brown, a research fellow in the Division, received a New Investigator Award at the 2013 American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting. She also received an award for Best Paper, Health Services and Policy Research, for a project examining the role police play in geriatric healthcare, completed with mentorship from Brie Williams and with co-authors Cyrus Ahalt and Mike Steinman. Finally, she received a Presidential Poster award in the Geriatric Syndromes category for a project examining functional disability among older adults hospitalized at an urban safety-net hospital, conducted with mentorship from Margot Kushel of the Division of General Internal Medicine at SFGH and with co-authors including Edgar Pierluissi of the Division of Geriatrics.

  UCSF Geriatrics faculty won several awards at the 2013 Society of General Internal Medicine Meeting in Denver
May 09, 2013 Best Published Research Paper – Presented to Alex Smith , MD, MS, MPH (University of California, San Francisco) for his publication “Half of Older Americans Seen in Emergency Department In Last Month of Life; Most Admitted to Hospital, And Many Die There.” Alexander K. Smith, Ellen McCarthy, Ellen Weber, Irena Stijacic Cenzer, John Boscardin , Jonathan Fisher and Ken Covinsky . Health Affairs, 31, no.6 (2012):1277-1285. This award is offered to help members gain recognition for their papers that have made significant contributions to generalist research.

Mid-Career Research and Mentorship Award – Presented to Louise Walter , MD (University of California, San Francisco) in recognition of mentoring activities as a general internal medicine investigator.

Best Geriatrics Abstract Award – Presented to Rebecca Sudore, MD (University of California, San Francisco) for her abstract “A Novel Website to Prepare Diverse Older Adults for Decision Making and Advance Care Planning: A Pilot Study”.

  John Newman was presented with the 2013 Award of Excellence in Scientific Leadership
May 14, 2013 John Newman was presented with the 2013 Award of Excellence in Scientific Leadership for the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology, at the Gladstone Institutes Annual Scientific Retreat in May. The award recognized his work last year teaching classes in bioinformatics skills for analyzing large datasets to Gladstone graduate students and postdocs.

  Congratulations to Eric Widera
May 14, 2013 The UCSF School of Medicine Class of 2013 selected Eric Widera for the Excellence in Teaching Award for Clinical Faculty. Each year the graduating medical school class presents this award to five clinical faculty members who have been outstanding teachers, mentors and role models to medical students during their clinical years at UCSF.

  Eric Widera won the American Geriatrics Society Social Media Contest!
May 17, 2013 Eric Widera won the American Geriatrics Society Social Media Contest. His tweet of the best definition of geriatrics summed up in a picture was the most retweeted tweet at the 2013 AGS meeting. Louise Walter is the "artist" who created the picture. To read more here:

  Louise Aronson was featured on KQED!
May 17, 2013 Louise Aronson was featured on KQED Forum on May 15th talking about her new story collection, "A History of the Present Illness." Set in San Francisco, the stories draw on her experience working with the sick and elderly in the city's hospitals and nursing homes. You can listen to the piece here:

  Mock Disaster Drill a Big Success!
May 21, 2013 Geriatrics faculty and staff were commended for their performance during a mock disaster drill on May 21st at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Joseph Johnson, the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the SFVAMC made the following comment after the drill: “The Community Living Center (CLC) stands as a model for the rest of the medical center when it comes to emergency preparedness. Excellent job preparing your staff.!“ Congratulations to the staff and providers at the CLC for doing an outstanding job.

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