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  Dr. Daphne Lo and UCSF Reynolds Team Awarded 2nd Place for Product of the Year!
Dec 01, 2015 Daphne Lo, MD and Clinical Fellow, and the UCSF Reynolds grant team was awarded second place for Product of the Year at the recent Reynolds Annual Grantee Meeting in St. Louis. The gathering of geriatric clinician educator leaders showcases innovative work and highlights unique educational products. Daphne led development of the small-group workshop titled “TMI…(Too Many Interpretations): Mr. Moore’s Medication Misadventures”. This two-hour interprofessional curriculum brings together graduating 4th year medical students and pharmacy students to learn about high risk medications in older adults and gain an appreciation about systems hurdles that threaten medication safety at the time of hospital discharge. More information here

  Dr. Brie Williams Led The San Francisco County Criminal Justice Aging Summit
Dec 01, 2015 On October 29,Dr. Brie Williams led a San Francisco County Criminal Justice Aging Summit that convened stakeholders in the first stage of a multi-agency effort to improve the health and outcomes of older adults who interact with San Francisco’s criminal justice system. The meeting was attended by over 150 leaders, scholars, practitioners, and community members from numerous local government agencies and community-based organizations as well as members of the UCSF community. The program was developed and delivered in partnership with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department and the Senior Ex-Offenders Program of Bayview Hunter’s Point Multipurpose Senior Services with generous support from the UCSF Department of Medicine, the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, and Tideswell at UCSF. In 2016, 50 stakeholders who attended the Aging Summit will participate in a 2-day facilitated workshop to develop an Action Plan to improve care and services for these medically vulnerable older adults. Jason Flatt co-coordinated the event.

  Dr. Brook Calton and Her UCSF Team Were Awarded $100K Grant!
Dec 01, 2015 Dr. Brook Calton and her team from UCSF, Hospice by the Bay, and Blue Shield of California were awarded a $100K grant to support evaluation of their home-based palliative care pilot, set to launch in March 2016. The team will provide home-based palliative care to metastatic cancer and advanced heart failure patients in SF and Marin.

  Dr. Brie Williams Awarded a Correctional Healthcare Grant!
Dec 01, 2015 Dr. Brie Williams was recently awarded a correctional healthcare grant by the Jacob & Valeria Langeloth Foundation. The grant, entitled "The health risks and costs of solitary confinement: Advancing medical evidence for policy reform," will analyze the health-related risks and economic costs of solitary confinement in the U.S. correctional system. The goal of the three-year project is to develop the evidence needed to reform U.S. solitary confinement policy with an emphasis on improving conditions of confinement for geriatric prisoners and those with serious illness.

  Dr. Louise Walter Elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Dec 02, 2015 Each year senior medical student members of UCSF's chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society elect 3 members of the housestaff, 3 alumni and 3 faculty members to the chapter. This year the Class of 2016 elected Dr. Louise Walter as one of the 3 faculty members from several thousand eligible candidates. This election reflects outstanding contributions to medicine and the respect and admiration of UCSF students. Louise will be inducted into the AOA chapter on May 13, 2016.

  UCSF Reynolds Team Had An Outstanding Site Visit!
Dec 03, 2015 Site visitors from the Reynolds Foundation recently applauded accomplishments of the grant team ( Dr. Anna Chang , PI; Dr. Kathryn Eubank , Dr. Mike Harper , and Dr. Josette Rivera , Co-PIs; and Dr. Stephanie Rennke , Dr. Eric Widera , and Dr. Michi Yukawa, , core faculty), noting that after visiting schools across the country, our work stood out as “groundbreaking” and “for the NEJM”. Titled “The Physician for the Aging Patient”, the grant (2013-2017) focuses on advancing interprofessional care of older adults through curricula for all UCSF medical students and for internal medicine residents through implementation of interprofessional patient-aligned care teams at the VA.

  SFVAMC Hospice and Palliative Care Team Recognized for Exemplary Service
Dec 07, 2015 Ms. Bonnie Graham, the SFVAMC Medical Director, received a letter from a patient’s family recognizing the outstanding work of our SFVAMC Hospice and Palliative Care Team. This letter is evidence of the difference they make in the lives of their patients and their readiness to go above and beyond the call of duty. Their efforts mark an important step forward in our commitment to provide truly personalized, proactive, and patient centered care.

Thank you for your exemplary service to our Veteran patients and their loved ones!

  Dr. Christine Ritchie had a Series of Speaking Engagements Around the Country
Dec 07, 2015 Dr. Christine Ritchie recently had a series of speaking engagements locally and around the country:

Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center's Grand Rounds / Lecture: “Primary Palliative Care – Patient Centered Approaches Which do not Require a Consultation" in Milwaukee WI

Acute Care for Elders (ACE) 2015 National Conference / Presented “Care of Older Patients with Complex & Advanced Illnesses” in Milwaukee, WI

CAPC National Seminar / Presented "Home Based Palliative Care: Understanding Administrative Structures and Impact - Home Based Palliative Care" in San Antonio, TX

4th Bay Area Senior Health Policy Forum: "Bridging the Aging Service Gap: An Economic Imperative"/ Presented: “Initiatives to Improve Access to Quality Palliative Care” in Oakland CA

  Dr. Marie Ventura Published an Article in Neurology
Dec 07, 2015 Dr. Maria Ventura, a T32 Fellow, published an article in the latest issue of Neurology. Read her publication entitled " More than just a movement disorder: Why cognitive training is needed in Parkinson disease" here.

  Drs. Susan Hyde and Elisa Chavez were featured in the Washington Post
Dec 08, 2015 Dr. Susan Hyde, Director for Dentistry of the Multidisciplinary Fellowship in Geriatrics, and Dr. Elisa Chavez, Clinical Mentor for the Fellowship, were interviewed for an article in the Washington Post, released 12/8/15. The article, titled “Why going to the dentist is so hard for the elderly”, describes the challenges that older adults who are frail or cognitively-impaired face in maintaining their oral health, and the resultant consequences for their general health and family members. The interview is available online here.

  Dr. Kathryn Eubank is on the American Board of Internal Medicine's Geriatric Medicine Board!
Dec 10, 2015 Congratulations to Dr. Kathryn Eubank who has been selected to serve on the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Geriatric Medicine Board, the newest of ABIM’s Specialty Boards! The role of the newly formed Board is to set standards for Certification and MOC of ABIM diplomates in Geriatric Medicine and provide oversight of exam committees and programs that ABIM diplomates may use as part of Certification or MOC in Geriatric Medicine.

  Helen Horvath is Spotlighted in the Recent Issue of the GAPNA Newsletter
Dec 11, 2015 Helen Horvath , RN, ANP-BC, MS, a Nurse Practitioner in our UCSF Housecalls Program was spotlighted in the recent issue of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurse Association (GAPNA) Newsletter. The article features her journey to becoming a Nurse Practitioner and her growing geriatric practice. Read the full article here.

  GWEP Team Welcomes Dr. Alicia Neuman to Leadership Team!
Dec 11, 2015 The GWEP (Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program) team welcomed Alicia Neumann, PhD, MPA to their leadership team on November 16th as Program Manager for the GWEP and its Optimizing Aging Center. Alicia has a PhD in Sociology from UCSF and over a decade of experience leading health program planning for the city and state, including the SFDPH and the CA School-Based Health Alliance, and as a policy advisor for companies and non-profits in the tech and health fields. Please welcome her to our Division!

  Dr. Kathryn Eubank Selected as a Student Coach for the School of Medicine Bridges Curriculum
Dec 17, 2015 Dr. Kathryn Eubank was selected as one of the first group of medical student coaches in the School of Medicine Bridges Curriculum. More than 100 committed UCSF faculty members applied for these positions and 27 faculty coaches were selected. Applicants were selected based on their commitment to and experience in medical student education, mentoring, clinical skills instruction, professionalism, student wellbeing, diversity, and systems improvement. Coaches will begin their work one half-day per week for 6 months, and then work one day per week with their first- and third-year students. Their work is funded by support from Dean Talmadge King to support longitudinal coaching for all medical students and faculty development for coaches.

  Proposal Funded to Increase Collaborations Between Geriatrics and the IHA
Dec 17, 2015 The UCSF Research Development Office funded a proposal submitted by Drs. Louise Walter and Ken Covinsky and two faculty colleagues in the Institute for Health and Aging (IHA) , Drs. Wendy Max and Julene Johnson. The $2,000 in funding will increase research collaborations between Geriatrics and IHA. This builds on a successful Speed-Networking event a few months earlier. Geriatrics-IHA faculty pairs matched during the Speed-Networking Event will have 1:1 lunches to expand collaborations followed by a group feedback reception.

  Dr. Brie Williams Spoke on the Medical Care Panel for The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Corrections Summit
Dec 17, 2015 Dr. Brie Williams rn recently spoke on the Medical Care Panel for The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Corrections Summit, an annual meeting of national leaders in criminal justice policy and practice. Fellow speakers to the Summit included Governor Jerry Brown and Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. The Summit was co-hosted by the Federal Judicial Center, the Association of State Correctional Administrators, and the National Association of Attorneys General. Dr. Williams’ talk was entitled The Challenge of Older Adults in Criminal Justice Healthcare: Addressing Different Expectations for Care.

  Dr. Laura Petrillo and Dr. Liz Dzeng Organized A Successful Statewide Conference n the End of Life Options Act
Dec 17, 2015 VA Quality Scholars fellow Laura Petrillo and new UCSF Division of Hospital Medicine faculty member Liz Dzeng organized a statewide conference on the End of Life Options Act (Physician assisted death). The conference was a success, all the more remarkable because they brought together groups that strongly disagreed about physician assisted death. Alex Smith , Eric Widera , and Daniel Pound also participated in the conference.

  Dr. Pei Chen Published an Editorial in the Annals of Translational Medicine
Dec 17, 2015 Dr. Pei Chen and her mentor Dr. William Hung wrote and published an editorial in the Annals of Translational Medicine. The editorial reviews a Lancet article that demonstrated improved outcomes for hip fracture patients managed in a geriatric unit. Read the full editorial here.

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