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  UCSF Receives Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program Grant!
Jul 14, 2015 UCSF Geriatrics and our partners are one of 44 organizations in 29 states to received the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program which was announced by the Health and Human Service Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell at the White House Conference on Aging today. “Today’s grants reaffirm our commitment to invest in a workforce that will ensure high quality care for older adults,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. “This geriatrics program allows health professions schools to identify the specific geriatrics education and training needs of their communities and develop programs that are responsive to those needs, resulting in more tailored care.” said Rebecca Spitzgo, Associate Administrator, HRSA Bureau of Health Workforce. Congratulations to PI, Louise Aronson , and the amazing team who put this grant together! Visit the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program webpage to learn more. See the complete list of grant awards.

  Dr. Susan Hyde and Dr. Dick Gregory are Co-Guest Editors for the Journal of the California Dental Association
Jul 14, 2015 Susan Hyde, DDS, MPH, PhD , Director for Dentistry of the UCSF Multidisciplinary Fellowship in Geriatrics, and Dick Gregory, DDS, a graduate of the fellowship, are the co-guest editors of two issues of the Journal of the California Dental Association dedicated to the oral health of older adults. July’s issue , Dentistry for the Ages: Part 1, frames some of the questions that arise when providing care to older adults while August’s issue is solution-focused.

  Courtney Gordon, Helen Horvath, and UCSF Housecalls Program are featured in a Science of Caring article
Jul 15, 2015 UCSF Housecalls Program Nurse Practitioners and preceptors, Courtney Gordon and Helen Horvath, were featured in a Science of Caring article that discusses the integration and the training of new Nurse Practitioners into our UCSF Housecalls Program. The addition of nurse practitioners into the program allows them to work and gain experience in a unique Patient-Centered care environment where they are able to assess patients in their own living situation as well as focus on facilitating new ways of communication and coordination within the care team. Science of Caring is a publication of UCSF School of Nursing.

  Anne Johnson Selected as Employee of the Quarter at SFVAMC!
Jul 17, 2015 Anne Johnson has been selected as SFVAMC employee of the quarter for her outstanding leadership in the Geriatrics Palliative and Extended Care Service line. Anne Johnson is Associate Director and leads the outstanding social work services in the Geriatrics Palliative and Extended Care Service line at SFVAMC. She will be honored at the Director's Quarterly Awards Ceremony on July 23, 2015 at 1pm.

  Check out UCSF Geriatrics' Facebook and Twitter pages!
Jul 17, 2015 Did you know that that the Division has its own Facebook and Twitter pages? To keep up-to-date with other news happening in our Division and the latest buzz in the field of Geriatrics, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter !

  Dr. Louise Aronson Published an Article in JAMA
Jul 23, 2015 Louise Aronson, M.D published an article entitled “Story as Evidence, Evidence as Story” in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that discussed how doctors can, do, don’t, and should use story and evidence to communicate about health and health care. The article received significant attention nationally and on social media.

  Dr. Eric Widera and Dr. Louise Aronson Presented at the Hartford Change AGEnts Communications Conference
Jul 23, 2015 Eric Widera, M.D and Louise Aronson, M.D presented plenary sessions at the Hartford Change AGEnts Communications conference in Chicago. Dr. Widera focused on the use social media and Dr. Aronson on the use of stories to promote and disseminate their work and interests.

Jul 24, 2015 Watch a short video portraying a day in the life of Dr. Helen Kao, medical director of UCSF Geriatrics Clinical Programs, and the importance of caring for patients in the home.

  Lauren Hunt Published a Manuscript in JAGS
Jul 27, 2015 Lauren Hunt, graduate student in UCSF School of Nursing, published a manuscript in JAGS about the prevalence of pain in a national sample of community dwelling older adults with dementia. 64% had bothersome pain and 44% pain that limited activities. 30% of those with pain rarely or never took analgesics. This is the first study, to our knowledge, to assess the national prevalence of pain among the 75% of older adults with dementia living in the community, outside of nursing homes. The UCSF press release is available here . Co-authors include Alex Smith, M.D. , Ken Covinsky, M.D. , Caroline Stephens, PhD , Kristine Yaffe, M.D. , John Boscardin, M.D , and Yinghui Miao.

  Dr. Rafael Romo Interviewed for Modern Healthcare
Jul 30, 2015 Rafael Romo, PhD, RN was interviewed for Modern Healthcare about the new CMS experiment of offering concurrent hospice + non-hospice care. It will “give patients time to adjust,” says Dr. Romo read it here!

  Dr. Edgar Pierluissi, panelist in the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid in SFGH
Jul 31, 2015 Edgar Pierluissi, M.D was invited to serve on a distinguished panel ( Alain Enthoven, Andrew Bindman, and Elaine Wong Eakin) commemorating the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid held at SFGH on July 30, 2015. The keynote speaker was Sandra Hernandez, President and CEO of the CHCF. The event was held in Carr auditorium and attracted local and regional dignitaries, local press coverage, and a capacity audience.

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