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  Dr. Dick Gregory has helped with the $2 million funding approval from The Peninsula Health Care District to Apple Tree Dental!
Sep 04, 2013 Since 2010, Dr. Dick Gregory, a second year UCSF Geriatric Dentistry Fellow, has worked closely with the Peninsula Health Care District (PHCD) and Apple Tree Dental Founder/CEO, Dr. Michael Helgeson, to implement a community collaborative project focused on oral health. We are excited to announce that the Peninsula Health Care District Board of Directors approved $2 million in funding to launch an Apple Tree Center for Dental Health on District-owned property at 430 N. El Camino Real in San Mateo. The Apple Tree model of care removes barriers to access and will provide basic oral hygiene and dental services to underserved populations in the San Mateo County service area. The model uses mobile outreach units and tele-dentistry to reach the institutionalized frail elderly and disabled. The PHCD will lease its building to Apple Tree Dental for 10 years, assist with financing the tenant improvements and purchase of equipment, and provide operating capital for the launch. The Center is expected to open in the summer of 2014.
 


  Rebecca Sudore, MD was awarded a 5 year R01 grant from the National Institute on Aging
Sep 05, 2013 Rebecca Sudore, MD was awarded a 5 year R01 grant from the National Institute on Aging for a project entitled, “Improving Advance Care Planning by Preparing Diverse Seniors for Decision Making.” This project will determine the efficacy of a novel, patient-centered, multi-media website called PREPARE (www.prepareforyourcare.org) at San Francisco General Hospital. PREPARE is focused on preparing older adults to identify what is most important in life, to communicate their wishes with surrogate decision makers and clinicians, and to make complex medical decisions over the course of serious and chronic illness. To learn more about prepare, visit the GeriPal post .
 


  Dr. Louise Aronson published a New England Journal of Medicine perspective
Sep 05, 2013 Dr. Louise Aronson published a New England Journal of Medicine perspective on “’Good’ Patients and ‘Difficult’ Patients – Rethinking Our Definitions” using her experiences as a doctor and a daughter to consider how health care providers label patients and how current approaches might be improved.
 


  Helen Chen has been appointed as Chief Medical Officer for Hebrew SeniorLife Health Care Services
Sep 16, 2013 On August 28, 2013, Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), the largest provider of senior health care and senior living communities in New England and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, announced the appointment of Helen Chen, M.D. as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Hebrew SeniorLife Health Care Services and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. HSL is a national senior services leader uniquely dedicated to rethinking, researching, and redefining the possibilities of aging. Based in Boston, the non-profit, non-sectarian organization has provided communities and health care for seniors, research into aging, and education for geriatric care providers since 1903.
 


  The Smiles for Seniors club gave oral health presentations at three affordable housing units in San Francisco
Sep 18, 2013 The Smiles for Seniors club, organized by UCSF dentistry students, in collaboration with the Interprofessional Aging and Palliative Care Student Interest Group, gave oral health presentations at three affordable housing units in San Francisco for approximately 40 residents per session. The presentations were translated into Cantonese and Mandarin, and the seniors were very engaged! Topics covered included daily hygiene, gum diseases and caries, screening for oral cancer, denture care, and healthy dental nutrition. Supplies distributed included: toothpaste, floss, denture-fixing pastes, xerostomia kits, and hand-held mirrors for self-inspections. There was also a meal provided to the seniors after the presentations.
 


  Alex Smith and Edgar Pierluissi receive MSTAR Mentor Award!
Sep 18, 2013 The following clinical and research mentors have received 2013 MSTAR Mentor Awards! These awards were decided by both students and site directors. This information can also be found on the MSTAR website. We will also be mailing award winners congratulatory certificates.

2013 Research Mentor Awards
UCLA – Dr. Jennifer Anger
UCSF – Dr. Alex Smith
U Colorado – Dr. Adit Ginde

2013 Clinical Mentor Awards
UCLA – Dr. Michelle Eslami
UCSF – Dr. Edgar Pierluissi
 


  Carla Perissinotto has been accepted to participate in the Harvard PCEP program
Sep 24, 2013 The Harvard Palliative Care Education Program (PCEP) is designed for physician and nurse educators who wish to enhance their skills in clinical practice, teaching, and program development in palliative care and who have, or wish to develop, a leadership role at their institution. Carla Perissinotto will be participating in this extensive learning experience!
 


  Jeffery Hom has published an article in San Francisco Medicine
Sep 24, 2013 September 2013's edition of San Francisco Medicine, the Journal of the San Francisco Medical Society, includes an article by Internal Medicine Resident Jeffery Hom. In his article he describes his experience in house-calls. The article can be found on page 16 and is titled, “Home Sweet Home”.
 


  JAMA published an excellent commentary by Christine Ritchie
Sep 24, 2013 In the September 9th 2013, Volume 173, Number 16 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, Christine Ritchie wrote the exceptional invited commentary titled, “Symptom Burden : In Need of More Attention and More Evidence”.
 


  Elaine Chow Receives the Boyden Staff Award!
Sep 24, 2013 Elaine Chow, Education Coordinator in the Division of Geriatrics is a recipient of The Academy of Medical Educators’ annual Jaclyne Witte Boyden Award. This award honors and recognizes exemplary service by School of Medicine staff in support of medical education. Named for former vice dean Jackie Boyden, a strong advocate for the Academy’s establishment, recipients are specially recognized in September at the Academy’s Celebration of New Members and will receive a framed certificate and choice of Bear Hugs gift certificates. Congratulations Elaine!
 


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