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  Cyrus Ahalt, MPP and Brie Williams, MD Publishes an Article in the New England Journal of Medicine
May 04, 2016 Cyrus Ahalt, MPP and Brie Williams, MD published a perspective article “Reforming Solitary-Confinement Policy—Heeding a Presidential Call to Action” in the New England Journal of Medicine in response to President Barack Obama’s January 2016 call to reduce the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. Ahalt and Williams highlighted the need for leadership from the healthcare professions to address the overuse of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and jails, especially for medically vulnerable populations like older adults. The article included a discussion of Norway’s approach to solitary confinement in which they pointed out the health and health-related benefits of greatly limiting the use of solitary confinement.

  Dr. Michael Steinman Receives Tideswell Grant
May 05, 2016 Michael Steinman, MD received a grant from Tideswell at UCSF to develop and pilot test a intervention to improve patient-centered approaches to medication management in older adults.

  Edgar Pierluissi Awarded Outstanding Mentor at UCSF Resident Research Symposium
May 05, 2016 Edgar Pierluissi, MD received an award for Outstanding Resident Research Mentor at the UCSF Floyd Rector Research Symposium May 4, 2016. Edgar was nominated by his team of Health System Leadership residents for his stellar mentorship. The HSL track is an area of distinction within the Department of Medicine Residency that focuses on health care policy, quality improvement, and physician leadership. Each year, HSL residents conduct an in-depth project for a client. This year, HSL residents conducted an analysis of Home-Based Primary Care programs for the UCSF Office of Population Health and Accountable Care.

  Dr. Louise Walter was inducted into the UCSF Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
May 16, 2016 On Friday May 13th, Dr. Louise Walter, MD was inducted into the UCSF Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society during a ceremony at the Log Cabin in the Presidio. Louise was nominated by graduating medical student Jocelyn Ko, who praises Dr. Walter for her outstanding contributions to science and education in the care of older adults. She also said that Dr. Walter has inspired many students and residents to consider geriatrics as a career. Alpha Omega Alpha chooses members from the top 25% of the graduating medical student class and these students may then nominate faculty and residents as Professional Inductees. This year several student and resident inductees indicated that they were planning to become geriatricians!

  PREPARE Announces New Funding, Partnerships, and Website Features
May 16, 2016 Every day, the PREPARE website continues to help thousands of people engage in advance care planning. The PREPARE team has also been busy behind the scenes. In recent weeks, they have been awarded new grant funding, launched a new version of the site, created partnerships, and won awards. Please see details on these exciting developments here.

  Dr. Edgar Pierluissi and ZSFG ACE Unit Featured in SF Chronicle
May 23, 2016 The new Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG) hospital opened this weekend and the SF Chronicle included a multi-page insert on Sunday May 22nd talking about the new hospital. Dr. Edgar Pierluissi's jovial leadership and pioneering Acute Care For Elders (ACE) Unit are featured as one of the amazing things in the new hospital. The ACE unit occupies the top floor of the new hospital with an outdoor garden, all designed to reduce the hazards of hospitalization for older people.

  Dr. Brook Calton Presented at the California Coalition for Compassionate Care
May 23, 2016 Brook Calton, MD was invited to present at the California Coalition for Compassionate Care this month with colleagues from Hospice by the Bay and Blue Shield of California. The team reported on “By the Bay Health”, a new payer provider partnership that provides home-based palliative care to UCSF patients.

  Dr. Mike Harper to Be Co-Editor-In-Chief of the Geriatrics Review Syllabus
May 23, 2016 Mike Harper, MD has been invited to be co-Editor-in-Chief for the 10th edition of the Geriatrics Review Syllabus along with former UCSF faculty member, Dr. William Lyons.

  Dr. Brie Williams and Cyrus Ahalt Presented Three Policy Briefs in Sacramento
May 24, 2016 The UCSF Division of Geriatrics’ Brie Williams, MD and Cyrus Ahalt, MPP joined UCSF School of Nursings' Heather Leutwyler, RN, PhD and UC Santa Cruz's Craig Haney, PhD, JD, along with two trainees – Jorien Breuer, a medical resident at UCSF, and Stacy Calhoun, a PhD candidate at UC Irvine – to present three Policy Briefs as representatives of the UC Criminal Justice & Health Consortium to the California State Senate Mental Health Caucus in Sacramento. The policy briefs included calls to expand and enhance case management for seriously mentally ill persons returning home from jail, create formal partnerships between law enforcement and community health providers to ensure a health-first response to persons experiencing mental health crises, and integrate substance abuse and general mental health treatments in county jails statewide. The UC Criminal Justice & Health Consortium, which is co-directed by Dr. Williams, Mr. Ahalt, Professor Haney, and Dr. Scott Allen of UC Riverside, piloted the Policy Brief Project to create opportunities for UC researchers to bring ideas for evidence-based criminal justice and health reforms to policymakers, advocates, and stakeholders in California and nationwide.

  Drs. Chodos, Perissinotto, and Rogers Participated in the DGIM Co-management Conference
May 25, 2016 Anna Chodos, MD , Carla Perissinotto, MD , and Stephanie Rogers, MD participated in the DGIM Co-management conference this week answering questions about Geriatrics at UCSF and discussing resident and faculty questions regarding care for their older patients.

  Dr. Meredith Greene Was Accepted into the Tideswell Leadership Program and Gave an Invited Talk in New York
May 26, 2016 Meredith Greene, MD was selected to be a part of the 2016-2017 Tideswell, AGS and ADGAP Emerging Leaders in Aging Program!
Dr. Greene was also one of the plenary speakers at the New York State 2016 Clinical Conference on HIV and Hepatitis C. Her talk was titled “Care Considerations for the Older Patient with HIV.”

  Dr. Meredith Greene Will Be Interim Medical Director for UCSF Care at Home
May 26, 2016 Congratulations Meredith Greene, MD for becoming Interim Medical Director for UCSF Care at Home starting July 2016.

  Dr. Melisa Wong Accepted into the Butler-Williams Scholars Program
May 27, 2016 Melisa Wong, MD has been selected as a 2016 National Institute on Aging Butler-Williams Scholar. The Butler-Williams Scholars Program is a one-week aging research training program held at the NIH for emerging researchers.

  Drs. Ken Covinsky and Eric Widera Gave a Stellar Review of the Geriatrics Literature at AGS
May 31, 2016 Eric Widera, MD and Ken Covinsky, MD were chosen to present the annual Geriatrics Literature Update during the closing plenary at the 2016 Annual meeting of the American Geriatrics Society. Dr. Widera and Dr. Covinsky chose 11 paper published in 2015 that they considered most important to the field and practicing clinicians. Their presentation to a full house of 2000 AGS members was met with stellar reviews and was actively covered on social media with hundreds of tweets and retweets.

  Dr. Daniel Davis Is a Visiting Scholar from London Who Will Be with Us for the next 12 weeks
May 31, 2016 The UCSF Geriatrics is honored to host Visiting Scholar, Dr. Daniel Davis from University College, London. Dr. Davis is a Geriatrician and Epidemiologist whose research aims to better understand relationships between delirium and dementia. He is a rising star in UK Geriatrics who is passionate about developing academic Geriatrics in the UK and worldwide. Please welcome Daniel to the UCSF Geriatrics family!

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