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  Rebecca Sudore Wins AGS Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award
Feb 02, 2015 Rebecca Sudore was selected as the 2015 recipient of the American Geriatrics Society's Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation Award. This award was established to recognize outstanding achievement in clinical research addressing health care problems of older adults by an investigator who is actively involved in direct patient care. AGS recognized Rebecca for her exceptional contributions to geriatrics research and the care of culturally diverse, vulnerable older adults. They acknowledged the tangible and useful interventions that she has created that are used in real world care and her high impact research that has directly improved the care of older adults. Rebecca will be honored during the 2015 AGS Annual Meeting on Saturday May 16th at 10am and will give a 30 minute plenary presentation about her research.

  Louise Walter and Carolyn Welty Selected as Top Doctors by San Francisco Magazine
Feb 06, 2015 The San Francisco Magazine selected Louise Walter and Carolyn Welty as Top Doctors in Geriatric Medicine in 2015. Daniel Pound, in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF, was also selected. The magazine asked doctors to nominate outstanding doctors in eight Bay Area counties and a team of researchers narrowed the list to 551 names for this honor. See the list here.

  Dr. Kao Gave Medical Grand Rounds
Feb 06, 2015 Helen Kao gave Medicine Grand Rounds at SFGH on Jan 20 and at SFVA on Jan 27. The talk was “Things I didn’t learn in 8 years of training. . . but which make a world of difference to patients” Covering clinical lessons in geriatrics and palliative care which apply to the care of any complex or vulnerable patient.

  Dr. Covinsky selected for the Hal Luft Mentoring Award
Feb 06, 2015 Ken Covinsky, M.D. was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Hal S. Luft Mentoring Award in Health Services and Health Policy Research. This award is sponsored by the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and is given to one faculty member at UCSF each year for excellence in mentoring. We’re delighted that Ken received this prestigious honor!

  Roxanne Espaldon received the UCSF Wings Grant
Feb 10, 2015 Roxanne Espaldon, clinical research coordinator for Drs. Walter and Covinsky, was awarded an employee development grant through the UCSF WINGS program ( The WINGS program provides financial assistance for the professional and career development of UCSF staff.

  Joint workshop of ACC, AGS, NIA in Washington DC on Feb 8-9
Feb 12, 2015 Joint workshop of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), American Geriatric Society (AGS) and National Institute on Aging (NIA)--- February 8-9, Washington DC-- Ralph Brindis of UCSF was a Co-Chair. The primary objectives were to engage key stakeholders to identify important research gaps that need to be addressed in order to optimize care for older adults with CVD in the context of multiple chronic condition (MCC), and to formulate multidisciplinary research strategies that will ultimately lead to improved patient-centered care of these complex patients. Longer term goals include the incorporation of geriatrics principles into the care of older adults with or at risk for CVD by developing a more robust evidence base that will enable formulation of guideline recommendations designed to specifically address issues pertinent to older adults with CVD and MCC. Four members of the Division attended---Christine Ritchie and Rebecca Sudore gave presentations, Ken Covinsky and Janice Schwartz were co-chairs of sessions.

  UCSF Interprofessional Aging and Palliative Care Health Fair at the Redwoods
Feb 12, 2015 Students for the Interprofessional Aging and Palliative Care elective, Dental program, UC Hastings and UC Berkeley School of Optometry participated in a Senior Health fair at The Redwoods in Mill Valley on February 7. The effort was led by Kirby Lee, PharmD, Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy. UCSF faculty Sarah Hooper, JD ,Susan Hyde, DDS, MPH, PhD, Lynda Mackin PhD, AGPCNP, CNS, Meredith Whiteside, OD, FAAO and Michi Yukawa, MD also planned the event and led the student groups.

The health fair offered senior community residents free health monitoring such a dental, vision, mobility, and blood pressure screenings. In addition, UC Hastings offered resources related to legal issues for seniors. 65 enthusiastic health fair participants showed up to have students and faculty provide check-ups. The response from the residents was very positive, including comments that the health fair was “wonderful” and “a great job!” Student feedback was also positive. A nursing student commented, that she “enjoyed meeting residents and receiving professional guidance from the faculty.” An optometry student noted that the best part of the experience was, “seeing and talking to elderly patients and talking with other professionals.”

Special thanks to Lisa Leiva, MA, NorCal GEC Program Manager, for her outstanding help organizing and coordinating the event.

  UC Berkeley bioengineering students selected in The Stanford Center on Longevity 2014-15 Design Challenge
Feb 12, 2015 The UC Berkeley bioengineering students and their HANDLEBAR were selected as one of the eight finalists in January in The Stanford Center on Longevity 2014-15 Design Challenge to “Enable Personal Mobility across the Life Span” and will compete in April with an improved model assisted by the $1000 finalist prize.

  Dr. Williams and the CAHP
Feb 17, 2015 The Community Aging Health Project (CAHP), directed by Dr. Brie Williams, is a geriatrics education initiative designed to train professionals throughout criminal justice in aging-related health. In January, a CAHP team (Drs. Brie Williams and Anna Chodos from UCSF Geriatrics, Tacara Soones and Rachael Bedard of the Icahn School of Medicine) delivered geriatrics trainings to clinicians and correctional officers at New York City’s Riker’s Island. In February, a CAHP team including Dr. Brie Williams and Dr. Meera Sheffrin (UCSF Geriatrics), Dr. Michele DiTomas (CA Dept of Corrections and Rehabilitation), and Dr. Janet Myers (UCSF CAPS) brought training workshops to diverse professionals working throughout the State of Hawaii’s criminal justice system including approximately 50 physicians, nurses and mental health professionals working in the state’s jails and prisons, 60 probation and correction officers, 25 state judges, and all members of the Hawaii Parole Authority Board. The CAHP is funded by the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation and TIdeswell at UCSF. More details about CAHP's Riker’s Island experience can be learned from the Mission Health Equity blog.

  Geriatrics Featured on Front Page of Examiner
Feb 18, 2015 The SFGH Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit, directed by Dr. Edgar Pierluissi , is featured on the front page of the Examiner 2/17/15.

  Dr. Anna Chodos received the Richard J. Haber Excellence in Teaching in Primary Care Award
Feb 20, 2015 Dr. Anna Chodos received the 2014-15 Richard J. Haber Excellence in Teaching in Primary Care Award on February 24, 2015 at San Francisco General Hospital. Established in honor of Rick Haber—the first chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at SFGH, founder of the SFGH Primary Care Residency Program, and leader in Primary Care Internal Medicine education—this award is presented annually to a faculty member, fellow, or chief resident who has exhibited the highest quality teaching in the General Medicine Clinic at San Francisco General Hospital.

  UCSF Geriatrics Division April Grand Rounds
Feb 20, 2015 UCSF Geriatrics Division
April Grand Rounds
Wednesday, April 29, 2015; 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
S214, Medical Science, Parnassus Campus

Physician-patient communication and health outcomes: The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Richard L. Street, Jr. PhD
Professor, Department of Communication, Texas A&M University
Professor of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: S214, Medical Science, Parnassus Campus

Coffee and tea will be served

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:
1. Participants will be able to explain direct and indirect relationships between communication in medical encounters and health outcomes.
2. Participants be able to describe a functional approach to communication skills and assessment.
3. Participants will understand challenges associated with clinician-patient communication research and approaches to address these issues.

Accreditation 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.

Please contact Elaine Chow for more information:

  MSTAR student Theora Cimino selected to give oral presentations at AGS and SGIM
Feb 20, 2015 MSTAR and UCSF medical student Theora Cimino has been selected to give oral presentations at the 2015 Annual Scientific Meetings of the American Geriatrics Society and the Society for General Internal Medicine. Theora’s presentation, “Disabled on the street: the course of functional impairment in older homeless adults,” will describe findings from research conducted with co-authors Mike Steinman, Caroline Barnhart and Rebecca Brown.

Feb 25, 2015 As a geriatrician and palliative medicine physician based in California, Dr. Rebecca Sudore explains how she developed an interest in caring for older vulnerable adults and why she is committed to putting people at the center of healthcare.

Feb 27, 2015 Mike Steinman, M.D. was selected as recipient of the Society of General Internal Medicine’s 2015 Mid-Career Research Mentorship Award. The award will be given at the society’s annual meeting in Toronto, Canada in April 2015.

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