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  Article by Walter & Covinsky Selected as Landmark Article in Geriatrics
Dec 03, 2014 According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the 2001 JAMA article by Louise Walter and Ken Covinsky, "Cancer screening in elderly patients--a framework for individualized decision making," is one of the top 27 landmark articles that have advanced the practice of geriatrics. The study reviewed highly cited articles and surveyed geriatric faculty to select their final list of articles which they suggested should be used as an education resource to enrich the practice and understanding of the field of geriatrics. Here is a link to the JAGS article

  Rebecca Brown and Edgar Pierluissi publish article in JAGS
Dec 03, 2014 With senior author Margot Kushel and co-investigators from the SFGH Division of General Internal Medicine, Rebecca and Edgar published "Functional Disability among Late Middle-Aged and Older Adults Admitted to a Safety-Net Hospital" ( The study shows that functional disability is common among patients aged 55 and older who are admitted to safety-net hospitals, suggesting that these relatively young individuals may benefit from models of acute care (such as ACE units) that are currently used only for older adults.

  UCSF Geriatrics Division December Grand Rounds
Dec 03, 2014 UCSF Geriatrics Division December Grand Rounds
Wednesday, December 17th, 2014; 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
S214, Medical Sciences Building, Parnassus Campus

Improving Care for Patients with Serious Illness, One Small City at a Time

Bree Johnston MD, MPH
Palliative Care Educator, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center
Medical Director of Palliative Care, PeaceHealth

Date: Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: S214, Medical Sciences Building, Parnassus Campus

Coffee and tea will be served

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:
1. Described the value of community involvement in reforming end of life care
2. Describe successful community based models for patients with serious illness
3. Describe the Life Passages Model for patients with serious illness

The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UCSF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 category 1 credit toward the AMA Physicians Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the activity.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA category 1 credit issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

You must sign in to qualify for CME credit.

Faculty Relationship Disclosure
All speakers listed above have declared that neither they, nor any immediate member of their family have a financial arrangement or other relationship with the manufacturers of any commercial products discussed in this Continuing Medical Education activity. In addition, these speakers have agreed to inform learners if they plan to discuss or reference unapproved or unlabeled uses of therapeutic agents or products.

Commercial Support Disclosure
No commercial support has been provided in conjunction with this grand rounds presentation.

  Dr. Mike Steinman Invited to Serve on Core Expert Group for CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Chronic Pain
Dec 03, 2014 Mike Steinman M.D. has been invited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to serve on a panel to develop CDC guidelines on opioid prescribing for people with chronic pain. The guidelines will be oriented toward primary care providers, as such providers account for the greatest number of opioid prescriptions compared to other specialties. Improving the way opioids are prescribed though updated clinical practice guidelines can ensure patients have access to safe, effective treatment while reducing the number of people who misuse, abuse, or overdose from these medications.

  Dr. Walter and PSA team published in Urology
Dec 04, 2014 Ying Shi, Kathy Fung, Victoria Tang, and Louise Walter published an article “Statin Medications are Associated with a Lower Probability of Having an Abnormal Screening PSA Result” in Urology ( They found that statin use is associated with a reduction in the probability that an older man will have an abnormal screening PSA result, regardless of PSA threshold. And this reduction is more pronounced with higher statin dose, longer statin duration, and higher statin potency.

  Anna Chang attends AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar
Dec 12, 2014 Dr. Anna Chang was selected and sponsored by UCSF to attend the 2014 AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar in Austin, Texas. She is now an additional member from UCSF on the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science. Please contact Anna for more information.

  Dr. Williams receives UC President’s Research Catalyst Award
Dec 12, 2014 Brie Williams, MD has received a University of California President’s Research Catalyst Award that will fund $300,000 for her project “UC Consortium on Criminal Justice Healthcare”. This project will build the infrastructure for a UC-wide community of scholars to address the pressing need for interdisciplinary leadership and innovation in criminal justice healthcare research. The U.S. has the world’s highest incarceration rate and California leads the nation with the most persons in jails, prisons or on parole or probation. Yet the impact of widespread incarceration on individual and community health, and interventions to address these adverse consequences are only beginning to be investigated. In this research void, policymakers are searching for evidence to guide reform and administrators are searching for innovative care models. Meeting the urgent health needs of criminal justice-involved individuals and their communities will require interdisciplinary expertise from diverse fields such as medicine, psychology, law, sociology, economics, public policy, and others. The Consortium will address this pressing need by building UC-wide interdisciplinary research capacity, attracting and developing faculty and students to become future leaders in this field, and positioning UC as a leader in innovation and evaluation of new healthcare models and policies to shape criminal justice health reform and improve the health of millions of Californians and their communities.

  Nicole Thompson passed Clinical Research Professional Certification Examination!
Dec 15, 2014 Congratulations to Nicole Thompson, CCRP who recently passed the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) Clinical Research Professional Certification Examination! Nicole is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Division of Geriatrics where she works with Dr. Christine Ritchie conducting applied clinical research for those with serious illness and multiple chronic conditions.

  Drs Ritchie and Chang are invited panelists
Dec 16, 2014 Drs. Christine Ritchie and Anna Chang are invited panelists on a workshop hosted by UCSF Campus Council on Faculty Life during the January 2015 National Mentoring Month on Reverse Mentoring: Stories of Managing Up in a Mentoring Relationship. This workshop focuses on the concept of "reverse mentoring," which recognizes that mentors need to be actively engaged by their mentees to provide even more effective mentoring. The session will be held on Tuesday January 20 from 3:30-5:00 PM at Parnassus Library in the Lange Room. To learn more about the workshop click here.

  AAHPM Unveils List of Inspiring HPM Leaders Under 40
Dec 19, 2014 Eric Widera, MD along with two other UCSF physicians (Tom Reid and Anne Kinderman) were named as one of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Leaders Under 40 who will be recognized at the 2015 AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly.

  Veronica Rivera published an article in JAGS
Dec 19, 2014 Veronica Rivera, a recent graduate of the geriatric medicine fellowship program at UCSF, along with Michi Yukawa, Louise Aronson, and Eric Widera, published an article in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) on how fellowship programs are preparing their trainees to be teachers. Read the article Teaching Geriatric Fellows How to Teach: A Needs Assessment Targeting Geriatrics Fellowship Program Directors (pages 2377–2382).

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