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  ePrognosis: Cancer Screening – an app for iPhones and iPads
Oct 02, 2013 UCSF Division of Geriatrics Sei Lee , Eric Widera , Alex Smith , Keelan McClymont, working as a team with Beth Israel Deaconess’s Mara Schonberg launched ePrognosis: Cancer Screening – an app for iPhones and iPads. This app uses prognostic information about older adults to help clinicians and older adults decide if cancer screening is likely to be more beneficial or helpful. The app is easy-to-use and presents quantitative information in an intuitively understandable format. You can download the app by searching for “eprognosis” in the app store, or clicking on this link: . Please help spread the word about this resource by: reviewing the app in the iTunes store, tweeting about the GeriPal post (, or sharing the GeriPal link on Facebook.

  Geriatrics is featured in the UCSF “Mission in Minute” video series
Oct 03, 2013 Drs. Dandan Liu, Carla Perissinotto and, Michael Steinman , have been selected for the inaugural group of the “UCSF Mission in a Minute” video series. The short videos will highlight UCSF faculty, their work , its importance and how it connects with the overall mission of UCSF.

  Check out Brie Williams’s workshop summary on challenges faced by older adults in the criminal justice system
Oct 03, 2013 The National Academies Press has published “Health and Incarceration: A Workshop Summary” which includes a summary of Dr. Brie Williams’s workshop discussion on the unique healthcare needs and challenges faced by older adults in the criminal justice system. This workshop was jointly sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Follow the link to download the workshop summary and view Dr. Williams’ discussion.

  The National Palliative Care Research Center is supporting Brie Williams’s project!
Oct 03, 2013 Dr. Brie Williams , MD, MS has received a pilot / exploratory support grant from the National Palliative Care Research Center for her 2-year project, “The Relationship between Distressing Symptoms, Functional Decline and Emergency Services Use in Older Jail Inmates.” Brie will be joined by senior advisors Christine Ritchie , MD, MSPH of the Division of Geriatrics and Janet Myers, PhD of the UCSF AIDS Policy Research Center as well as an advisory board of local, state, and national leaders in correctional healthcare and criminal justice research.

  Cyrus Ahalt has passed the Clinical Research Professional Certification Exam!
Oct 03, 2013 Congratulations to Cyrus Ahalt, MPP, CCRP who recently passed the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) Clinical Research Professional Certification Examination! Cyrus is a Clinical Research Coordinator III in the Division of Geriatrics where he works with Brie Williams , MD, MS conducting clinical research to describe the health and healthcare needs of older adults in the criminal justice system. The National Palliative Care Research Center is supporting Brie Williams’s project!

  Tacara Soones receives the Chancellor Diversity Award
Oct 03, 2013 Dr. Tacara Soones is this year’s recipient of the Chancellor Diversity Award, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Diversity. This award is given to individuals with “exceptional leadership beyond the scope of an individual's job, area of research, or student training in furthering the goal of achieving greater ethnic diversity at UCSF.” Dr. Soones has a strong commitment to decreasing health disparities in the care of older adults, specifically through improving interdisciplinary communication and training a diverse physician workforce. For more information on the award and selection criteria, please visit . Congratulations Dr. Soones!

  Helen Kao receives Jane Hirsch Pillar of Comfort Care Award
Oct 09, 2013 This award is in recognition of Helen's tremendous work in supporting palliative care for patients at UCSF. This award is named after Jane Hirsch, the Director of Nursing at UCSF when the palliative care service at UCSF was founded. Jane was instrumental to the launch and early success of the palliative care service and this award honors individuals, like Helen, whose work is critical to the continued success of palliative care at UCSF.

  Rebecca Brown receives a CTSI KL2 Career Award
Oct 09, 2013 Rebecca Brown was chosen by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute KL2 Selection Committee to receive a KL2 Scholar award, effective October 1, 2013. The KL2 award supports the career development of junior faculty building careers in clinical and translational research. Rebecca was among the top ranked candidates out of a very competitive field of 34 applicants.

  New faculty and staff have joined the Division!
Oct 09, 2013 Dear Faculty, Fellows and Staff,

A number of new faculty and staff have joined the Division of Geriatrics in recent months. Please join me in welcoming those who have recently joined the Division:

Brook Calton, MD, MHS
Dr. Calton joined the Division in September 2013 as an Assistant Professor. She will be working in our UC Care at Home programs, Housecalls and GeriTraCCC, and will be developing home-based palliative care and teaching. Dr. Calton completed medical school at UCSF, her Internal Medicine-Primary Care residency at UCSF, and most recently her fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at UCSF.

Nancy Jancar, RN, CCRC
Nancy Jancar joined the Division Geriatrics in August 2013 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She is working with Dr. Janice Schwartz on a National Institutes of Aging funded study titled “Optimizing Vitamin D in the Elderly.” Previously Nancy served as a Research Coordinator at the Jewish Home of San Francisco and a Project Director/Administrative Nurse at UCSF.

Janice Schwartz, MD
Dr. Schwartz has been a volunteer faculty with the Division but recently joined as a Recall Professor in August 2013. Her research focuses on improving medication use/polypharmacy in the very oldest people and the translation of new therapies into clinical use to benefit the very oldest and frailest patients. Previously Dr. Schwartz served as the Research Director of the Jewish home of San Francisco.

Kanan Patel, MBBS, MPH
Dr. Patel joined the Division in September 2013 as an Academic Specialist. She is working closely with Dr. Christine Ritchie to develop, implement and evaluate ongoing and new geriatric and palliative care clinical activities at UCSF. She received a Bachelor’s degree of Medicine and of Surgery (MD equivalent) from the Saurashtra University, India in 2005. Dr. Patel also received a Master’s in Public Health from St. Louis University in 2010. She joins us from the University of Alabama.

Please extend a warm welcome when you see them next.



  Ginger Davis to participate in the first Frontline Supervisor Series
Oct 18, 2013 Ginger Davis, Practice Manager for Geriatric Clinical Programs at UCSF, was selected to participate in the UCSF Medical Center’s Frontline Supervisor Series. The Frontline Supervisor Series is an integrated development program for emerging and current supervisors. The series will explore the core competencies essential for success in a frontline supervisory role.

  Joan Abrams receives a Great People Award
Oct 18, 2013 Joan Abrams, Academic Coordinator in the Division of Geriatrics and Associate Director, NorCal Geriatric Education Center, received a UCSF School of Medicine Great People Award. This award is in recognition of Joan’s commitment and values in cultivating positive working relationships and serving as a role model for teamwork in advancing the educational mission of the Division of Geriatrics.

  Ryan and Mariko presented at the UCSF Health Disparities Research Symposium
Oct 18, 2013 Last week Staff Research Associates Ryan McMahan and Mariko Feuz presented their posters. Ryan presented: "A Novel Website to Prepare Diverse Older Adults for Decision Making and Advance Care Planning: A Pilot Study" and Mariko presented: ""I Don't Want to Make My Own Decisions": Decision Control Preferences in a Diverse Elderly Population".

  Mike Harper Awarded AGS Fellowship Status
Oct 25, 2013 AGS Fellowship status (AGSF) is awarded to American Geriatrics Society members who have demonstrated a professional commitment to geriatrics, contributed to the progress of geriatrics care, and are active participants in AGS activities. Mike is vice-chair of the Clinical Practice and Models of Care Committee and represents AGS on the Council of Medical Specialty Societies Workforce Group. To read more see link:

  Alex Smith was selected as the Junior Faculty keynote speaker
Oct 30, 2013 Dr. Smith was chosen for the keynote lecture for the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) Annual Retreat because of his groundbreaking work on Palliative Care and Improving Quality of Life in disabled older persons. His talk on the intersection between Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine was noted as "brilliant" by NPCRC leadership.

  Janice Schwartz publishes study about comorbidity patterns in nursing home residents
Oct 30, 2013 Janice Schwartz is the senior author on a study in press at the Joural of Nutrition, Health and Aging, which describes patterns of chronic co-morbid medical conditions in older residents in US nursing homes. Co-authors include John Boscardin and Mike Steinman. The project was supported by NIH and ARRA funds. The citation for the article is:

Moore, KL, Boscardin WJ, Steinman MA, Schwartz, JB. Patterns of chronic co-morbid medical conditions in older residents of U.S. Nursing Homes: differences between the sexes and across the agespan. J Nutrition, Health, and Aging 2013. (In Press).

  Michi Yukawa received the Excellence in Teaching Award
Oct 30, 2013 The Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators is dedicated to creating an environment that enhances the status of teachers at UCSF, promotes and rewards teaching excellence, fosters curricular innovation and encourages scholarship in medical education. The Academy's Excellence in Teaching Awards are peer-nominated and recognize the many "front-line" faculty members who are involved in teaching medical students and residents on a daily basis and who help to make UCSF such an outstanding educational institution. These teachers demonstrate dedication to the education of students/residents, and teach in a manner that creates an encouraging and intellectually stimulating environment that promotes critical thinking and learning. Dr. Yukawa would like to thank the faculty who supported and nominated her for this award

  ePrognosis Cancer Screening app Won 2013 Reynolds Product of the Year Award
Oct 31, 2013 This app received the highest number of votes at the 2013 Annual Reynolds grantee meeting. Based on risk calculators developed by expert health professionals at the University of California San Francisco and Harvard Medical School, the app assesses patient age, gender, BMI, symptoms, and functional impairment to calculate a mortality risk to help determine whether screening is more likely to help or harm a patient. It can be downloaded for free on iTunes -

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