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  Dr. Eric Widera is Elected to the Board of AAHPM!
Nov 05, 2015 Congratulations to Dr. Eric Widera who was elected to the board of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine!

  New Combined Geriatrics-Palliative Medicine Fellowship Funded at SFVAMC
Nov 05, 2015 Dr. Lynn Flint's application for a new combined geriatrics-palliative medicine fellowship was approved under the Graduate Medical Education Enhancement of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act (VACAA). There will be one fellowship slot a year for this 2-year combined fellowship starting July 2016.

  Drs. Romo, Smith, Lee, and Boscardin published in JAMA Internal Medicine
Nov 05, 2015 Dr. Rafael Romo, Dr. Alex Smith, Dr. Sei Lee, and Dr. John Boscardin had a research letter published online in JAMA Internal Medicine on October 19, titled “Subjective, Objective, and Observed Long-Term Survival: A Longitudinal Cohort Study.” Comparing older adults predictions to the Lee index and actual survival revealed that participants were poor predictors of their prognosis. The letter was picked up by Reuters and Reflections on Nursing Leadership.

  Dr. Newman presented and participated at the Alliance for Healthy Aging Conference and the Geroscience Network Scientific Retreat
Nov 05, 2015 Dr. John Newman presented an abstract and poster at the 6th Annual Alliance for Healthy Aging Conference in Newcastle, UK on October 1-4, 2015. The abstract described Dr. Newman’s research on how ketone bodies reduce the epilepsy-like brain activity that contributes to cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Newman also participated in the Geroscience Network scientific retreat that followed the conference. The NIA-funded Geroscience Network is led by James Kirkland (Mayo), Nir Barzilai (Albert Einstein) and Steve Austad (UAB), and aims to facilitate the first clinical trials of interventions that target fundamental processes of aging. The Newcastle retreat focused on conceptualizing clinical trial designs for pilot studies of aging interventions.

  Dr. Brie Williams and Cyrus Ahalt developed the European-American Criminal Justice Innovation Program
Nov 10, 2015 Dr. Brie Williams and Cyrus Ahalt, MPP recently developed and led the European-American Criminal Justice Innovation Program in partnership with the Prison Law Office to bring criminal justice leaders from Hawaii and North Dakota to Oslo, Norway where they witnessed one of the world’s most progressive and successful criminal justice systems in action. The two teams, comprised of state legislators and high-ranking criminal justice leaders and policy makers, visited model prison facilities in and around Oslo and learned about similarly innovative programs in England, Ireland, Germany, Sweden and Norway. Over the next year, Dr. Williams, Mr. Ahalt and their team will continue to provide technical assistance to the participants as they develop and implement programmatic innovations in their home institutions and jurisdictions based on their experiences in Norway.

  Dr. Kathryn Eubank Spearheads a Multidisciplinary Effort in the SFVAMC
Nov 10, 2015 Kathryn Eubank is the San Francisco VA Ethics Director and for the past year has coordinated ethics consultations, provided ethics education, and acted as an ethics "first responder" to inpatient and outpatient medical teams. She is also spearheading a multi-disciplinary effort across the San Francisco VA to ensure the medical system can adequately respond to the new AB15 End of Life Option Act (also known as Aid in Dying), which recently passed in California.

  Dr. Helen Kao was a Visiting Professor for the Samaritan Health Services
Nov 16, 2015 Helen Kao, M.D served as a Visiting Professor for the Samaritan Health Services Internal Medicine and Family Medicine residency program in Oregon in October. She rounded with residents on wards and provided a 90minute comprehensive approach to dementia diagnosis and management for primary care providers.

  Drs. Larson and Kao Published in JAMA Internal Medicine
Nov 16, 2015 Dr. Claire Larson, former Geriatrics Clinical Fellow, and Dr. Helen Kao published a case from Dr. Larson's fellowship training in JAMA Internal Medicine this month as part of the teachable moment series. Read the article here.

  Dr. Greene Interviewed by MedPage Today
Nov 16, 2015 Check out MedPage Today's 10 Questions for Dr. Meredith Greene. Dr. Greene discussed the issue of Managing HIV Infection in Older Adults. Read it here.

  Dr. Brie Williams, Mr. Cyrus Ahalt, and Ms. Michele Casadei Hosted the UC Criminal Justice and Health Consortium
Nov 16, 2015 Dr. Brie Williams, Mr. Cyrus Ahalt, and Ms. Michele Casadei hosted an extremely successful UC Criminal Justice and Health Consortium on November 12-13 in San Francisco, where over 90 UC faculty from many of the nine campuses attended to discuss reforming health policy in the criminal justice system.

  Dr. Helen Kao and Ms. Sarah Hooper led a Workshop and Presented in an End-of-Life Management Conference
Nov 16, 2015 Ms. Sarah Hooper, a UC Hastings partner, and Dr. Helen Kao led a workshop on comprehensive advance care planning and delivered the plenary presentation on Medical Legal Partnerships at a national conference on end-of-life legal management in October.

  Dr. Pierluissi and New SFGH ACE Unit was Featured in the SF Chronicle
Nov 20, 2015 Dr. Edgar Pierluissi was featured in a recent San Francisco Chronicle. The article discussed the new Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center that will open this spring. The new hospital will feature an ACE Unit that has been designed to encourage nonmedical approaches to aging issues to keep patients healthier. Read more here.

  Drs. Eubank and Yukawa Nominated for Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching
Nov 20, 2015 Kathryn Eubank, M.D. and Michi Yukawa, M.D were nominated for the 2014-2015 Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching. Nominations are made by medical students or residents of any faculty member involved in teaching.

  The UCSF ACE Program has a New Logo!
Nov 20, 2015 The Moffitt-Long ACE Team had the opportunity to work with a professional graphic designer and brand identity expert, Carl Bender, who is a well-known freelance artist that has worked with many large organizations like The Gates Foundation, GE, MTV, and Time Warner. He generously donated his time and efforts to help us find a brand and logo for the ACE program which we hope conveys the innovative, patient-centered program we're trying to build. The logo was designed in conjunction with UCSF branding design and colors and can work as a co-brand with the UCSF Division of Geriatrics logo if needed. Check out our logo and please let us know if you want to use it for any signs, documents, correspondences or advertising. Check out more of Carl's design work here (and thank him for his donation).

  Drs. Aronson and Perissinotto were Featured in Oakland and Alameda Magazines
Nov 20, 2015 Louise Aronson, M.D and Carla Perissinotto, M.D were featured in Oakland and Alameda Magazines. Drs. Aronson and Perissinotto share their insights on palliative care in an article in the October issue of both publications. Read it here.

  PREPARE is featured in the NY Times!
Nov 23, 2015 PREPARE for your care, authored by Dr. Rebecca Sudore , was featured in a New York Times article! The article discussed the recent Medicare authorization of payments for end-of-life discussions, and the barriers providers and patients face when having these difficult conversations. PREPARE was presented as a tool to help tackle these. Read the full article here.

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