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  Julie Thai wins AGS Clinical Student Research Award!
Mar 03, 2014 Former UCSF Division of Geriatrics RA and MSTAR student, Julie Thai won the 2014 AGS Clinical Student Research Award for the research she completed as an MSTAR grantee! The award will be given out at the AGS Annual Meeting in Orlando.

  The CTAF has selected Dr. Smith to join
Mar 03, 2014 Alex Smith was selected to join the California Technology Assessment Forum. The CTAF website is here: The next topic CTAF will address is the comparative effectiveness of new treatments for Hepatitis C compared to standard therapy.

  Dr. Smith presented to the National Institute of Aging Minority Aging Task Force
Mar 03, 2014 Alex Smith gave an invited presentation to the National Institute of Aging Minority Aging Task Force in Washington DC, Tuesday Feb 25th.

  Roxanne Espaldon first-authored a manuscript published in Urology
Mar 03, 2014 Roxanne Espaldon, BA, Kathy Fung, MS, Katharine Kirby, MS, and Dr. Louise Walter have published an article titled “Probability of an Abnormal Screening Prostate-specific Antigen Result Based on Age, Race, and Prostate-specific Antigen Threshold” in the March issue of Urology(E-publication found here). This study focuses on the probability older men will have to face decisions about whether to have a biopsy after PSA screening. We found that age, race and PSA threshold all affect the pre-test probability of having an abnormal screening result. We hope this study provides practical information that can be used to improve individualized screening decisions in older men.

  Dr. Jessica Eng recently published a Letter to the Editor in the American Journal of Managed Care
Mar 03, 2014 The Letter to the Editor is about patient attitudes towards telephone-based specialty clinic follow-up:
Overall, the study describes positive patient attitudes towards the concept of telephone-based alternatives to specialty clinic follow-up. Unexpected findings include perceptions about the potential of telephone-based follow-up to facilitate clinic communication and improve clinic access for others.

  The Program for the Aging Century is pleased to announce their partnership with University Community Partnerships for their 2014 Grants Program!
Mar 07, 2014 The PAC is sponsoring 2 proposals at or under $5,000 to be awarded for service learning grants intended to support educational or clinical intervention or research study focused on system-based practice, educational initiatives, community programs, or clinical research that will lead to improving the care of older adults who are vulnerable to the challenges of aging. As always, grants will be awarded to partnership projects that bring together at least one UCSF based affiliate and one community based affiliate that focus on promoting health equity in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  Fellows selected to present at the Presidential Poster Session at AGS 2014
Mar 07, 2014 The Division’s geriatric medicine fellows, Heather Schickedanz, Tacara Soones, Roya Fathi, and Char Carlson, have an abstract entitled “Introducing ACOVE-3 Indicators at a community health center: a trainee-led quality initiative" selected for presentation during the Presidential Poster Session at the 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). Abstracts receiving the highest scores through the peer review process are included in the Presidential Poster Session. Dr. Carla Perissinotto was also an author of the abstract.

  The GEC is now accepting applications for the fourth year of its popular interprofessional faculty development course
Mar 07, 2014 The course is titled“The Challenge of Providing Quality Care for Older Adults: Preparing the Health Professions for the Aging Century”. Faculty and practitioners/preceptors from all healthcare professions are welcome, particularly those with teaching responsibilities. The course, lead by Louise Aronson, Lynda Mackin (School of Nursing) and Josette Rivera is free and starts in September at UCSF Laurel Heights Campus. It focuses on care, teaching, and leadership to improve the health and health care of older adults, especially the vulnerable and underserved.

Below (and attached) are the announcement. The following is a link to the course website and application :
Applications are due by April 1.

  Drs. Jessica Eng and Mike Steinman wrote an editorial for the Journal of Hospital Medicine
Mar 07, 2014 The editorial was titled "Changing chronic medications in hospitalized patients--Bridging the inpatient-outpatient divide". The piece, which highlights the need for better communication among inpatient and outpatient providers, was featured on the "Inside UCSF" website.

  Dr. Anna Chodos and Dr. Jessica Eng received funding through the Innovations in Education Funding Program
Mar 07, 2014 This Program is sponsored by the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators and the Program for the Aging Century. Dr. Chodos will be leading a project entitled “Primary Care Innovations Collaborative," which will have medical students partner with primary care safety net clinics in quality improvement projects and participate in a quality improvement curriculum. Dr. Eng will be leading a project entitled "Preclerkship Medical Student Health Coaching and Clinical Skills Development in Home-Based Interprofessional Programs" which will have first-year medical students 1) increase their understanding of how veterans live with chronic illness through longitudinal health coaching relationships and 2) learn clinical skills from multiple health professions in the home setting.

  The PREPARE study has expanded to SFGH
Mar 10, 2014 Dr. Rebecca Sudore and her research team have moved into the next phase of a five year NIA funded study to test whether a multi-media website ( ) that is focused on preparing older adults for communication and medical decision making can help people engage in advance care planning. Based at the Center for Vulnerable Populations at SFGH , staff research associates Jenelle Lin and Roberto Ramos are currently working with patients to test the efficacy of PREPARE. The PREPARE website aims to teach patients how to identify what is most important in life, how to communicate their preferences to clinicians and loved ones, and how to make informed decisions.

  Drs Smith and Widera are AAHPM 2014 award winners!
Mar 11, 2014 The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) is awarding the Project on Death in America (PDIA) Palliative Medicine National Leadership Award to Alexander K. Smith, MD MS MPH and Eric Widera, MD, Division of Geriatrics faculty and co-creators of GeriPal, during the organizations annual assembly in San Diego. This award recognizes physician leaders who have advanced the field of palliative care by the education of the next generation of palliative care leaders.

  Dr. Williams published an article in Health Affairs
Mar 11, 2014 Institute of Medicine Health and Justice workshop members, one of whom is our own Dr. Brie Williams, recently published an article titled "How Health Care Reform Can Transform The Health Of Criminal Justice-Involved Individuals" in Health Affairs. This manuscript was based on the National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine workshop that Dr. Williams attended last fall. The article discusses how reforms in the Affordable Care Act can facilitate policy and healthcare changes that address health disparities in correctional populations.

  Drs Troya and Welty presented at 2014's ASA Conference
Mar 21, 2014 Yvonne Troya JD and Carolyn Welty MD presented a workshop at the Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging in San Diego titled “Developing Constructive Partnerships between Health and Law to Optimize the Health of Older Adults” on March 11 2014

  Michael Steinman is featured in UCSF’s “Mission in a Minute” series
Mar 21, 2014 “Mission in a Minute” video is now available on Inside UCSF. The series highlights the academic mission of select faculty members at UCSF.

Here’s a link to the “Mission in a Minute” page:
Here’s a direct link to Dr. Steinman’s YouTube video:

  The current Journal of the American Geriatrics Society issue features a paper published by multiple individuals in our division!
Mar 21, 2014 Meredith Greene, Mike Steinman, Victor Valcour and Ian McNicholl published a paper on polypharmacy in older HIV-infected adults titled in the current issue of JAGS.

  JAGS features an article by Dr. Soones
Mar 21, 2014 Dr. Tacara Soones published an article titled “My Older Clients Fall Through Every Crack in the System’: Geriatrics Knowledge of Legal Professionals” in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The study assessed legal professionals’ ability to recognize and respond to aging-related conditions that can affect the legal outcomes of older adults in the criminal justice system. It also framed recommendations to address critical knowledge gaps and opportunities for medical-legal collaboration. Dr. Brie Williams served as senior author. Other authors from our division are Cyrus Ahalt and Sarah Garrigues.

  Drs. Sei Lee and Rebecca Brown were chosen as Lieberman Scholars 2015 and 2016
Mar 21, 2014 Sei Lee was chosen as the 2014-15 Lieberman Scholar and Rebecca Brown as the 2015-16 Lieberman Scholar. The Lieberman Scholar award was established in 2010 to honor the memory of Benjamin Lieberman, M.D. The award recognizes the long-standing relationship between the Lieberman family and UCSF. Dr. Lieberman had a rewarding career as an internist and cardiologist in Milwaukee and Oakland, where he also made house calls.

  Dr. Chang to be appointed the Gold-Headed Cane Endowed Education Chair in Internal Medicine
Mar 21, 2014 Dr. Anna Chang will be appointed the Gold-Headed Cane Endowed Education Chair in Internal Medicine by the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators at UCSF effective July 1, 2014. This generous support will allow Dr. Chang to expand her impact as an educator at UCSF and beyond.

  Music, Hope and Huntington’s Disease
Mar 21, 2014 Dr. Theresa Allison has been working in collaboration with the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and the UCSF Medical Humanities to create an unlikely evening of music and hope for and about Huntington’s Disease. Please join us on Monday, March 24, 2015 at UCSF Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Ave., from 6:30pm - 7:30pm to hear Brian Schrag perform. Brian Schrag, an ethnomusicologist and a Huntington's Disease activist, uses music as a way of creating a loving, supportive environment for people living with Huntington’s disease. It is healing with a focus on laughter and community.

  Dr. Aronson gives a lecture and a plenary
Mar 21, 2014 Dr. Louise Aronson gave the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society lecture at the University of Texas at Houston and then a plenary on “The Human Side of Health Care” at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) annual meeting.

  Everyone is welcome to attend an upcoming event put on by The Housecalls!
Mar 21, 2014 UCSF Housecalls Day of Remembering Ceremony
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Lange Room, UCSF Library, 5th floor
530 Parnassus, San Francisco

Please join UCSF Housecalls in remembering and celebrating the lives of those we have cared for and lost.
Please RSVP by March 28th to 415-514-3577 or

  Mike Harper was elected to the AGS Board of Directors!
Mar 25, 2014 Dr. Michael Harper was elected to the American Geriatrics Society Board of Directors. His 3-year term will begin this May at the AGS Annual Meeting.

  Walker Prototype Wins First Place in Berkeley Edge Health Tech Pitch Competition.
Mar 25, 2014 UC Berkeley bioengineering students, Andrea Dickey, Noah Goldman, Geonyoung Kim, and Robin Parrish chose “Prevention of Falls Among the Elderly at Home” submitted by Janice Schwartz, MD as their Capstone Foundation and NIH R25-supported Senior Design Project. After identifying the user needs and researching currently available solutions with several members of the Division (Drs. Allison, Covinsky, Luxenberg, Ritchie and Schwartz) and the rehabilitation team at the Jewish Home San Francisco, the result was a new walker design. The “Demilune” walker is semicircular in shape in the expanded state and telescopes into itself in the “collapsed” standing state able to be used on one side and that can navigate tight spaces and hallways. The prototype was presented to the Geriatrics faculty at one of our faculty meetings. Recently, the prototype won first place in the Berkeley Edge Health Tech Pitch Competition and was just selected to be one of six teams (from a pool of 46 applicants) to participate in a Berkeley startup launch-pad program to further develop this novel mobility assistive device and a business plan.

  Dr. Schwartz accepts Editorship
Mar 25, 2014 Janice B. Schwartz, MD has accepted Associate Editorship of Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine, published by Elsevier as section Editor for Geriatric Cardiology.

  AAHPM oral presentations this month:
Mar 25, 2014 Brook Calton and Lynn Flint presented "Are Your Hospice and Palliative Medicine Trainees Ready for Prime Time? Developing Entrustable Professional Activities to Assess Learner Competency"

Eric Widera was a presenter in a workshop entitled, "Care of Older Adults with Multimorbidity: Geriatric Training for Hospice and Palliative Medicine Providers' and also presented, 'Leading the Way to Wiser Choices: Communicating with Your Team, Institution, and Community about AAHPM’s List of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question in HPM”

  Health Law Classes this Summer
Mar 25, 2014 Competition and Regulation in Health Care
Tim Greaney, JD
Tuesdays, 5:45 – 8:10pm
The course will explore the unusual nature of the health care market and look at antitrust and competition law as well as more direct forms of regulation, including rate regulation, certificate of need and payment schemes under the Affordable Care Act.

The Law of End of Life Care
Robert Schwartz, JD & Sarah Hooper, JD
Wednesdays, 5:45 – 8:10pm How do we define death? What are the legal implications of dying in America for patients, providers, family members, and caregivers? This course will explore these themes as well as the areas of law that arise and intersect at the end of life, including health law, family law, and estate planning.

Medical Malpractice Litigation
Carter Zinn, JD & Steve Enochian, JD
Thursdays, 5:45 – 8:10pm
This course will examine the anatomy of medical malpractice litigation in California from a practical viewpoint. Students will benefit from the differing and sometimes joint perspectives of the instructors, who come from the plaintiffs and defense bar.

Each class meets once per week for six weeks at night. For more information visit:

  Congrats to AGS winners!
Mar 28, 2014 UCSF did very well this year winning national awards from the American Geriatrics Society, which will be handed out at the national AGS Meeting in May. Congratulations to the winners!

Clinical Student Research Award
Julie Thai
Michigan State University (UCSF MSTAR Student, Alex's mentee)

Outstanding Junior Research Manuscript Award
S. Ryan Greysen, MD
University of California San Francisco

Outstanding Mid-career Clinical Teacher of the Year Award
Louise Aronson, MD
University of California San Francisco

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