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  September is Aging and Wellness Month
Sep 02, 2016 UCSF's Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Program is pleased to sponsor Aging and Wellness Month in September. Throughout the month, there will be a campus-wide campaign to promote healthy aging. The campaign will include “geriatric myths” distributed via email to the medical center community, posters on the campus shuttles, displays on the cafeteria monitors, and inspirational bulletins near the elevators in Moffitt-Long Hospital. This campaign has been designed for everyone within the Medical Center community, as well as the public-at-large, and will emphasize that aging can indeed be a positive experience!

See these flyers from some of our former and currently employees: Barbara, Vickie, and Harry to see what they have to say about aging!

  Dr. Rebecca Sudore Will Speak at The "End-Of-Life Challenges and Solutions" Event at The Commonwealth Club in October
Sep 02, 2016 Rebecca Sudore, MD will be speaking with Congresswoman Jackie Speier at The Commonwealth Club on Fri. Oct. 7, 2016 about End-of-Life Challenges and Solutions. Dr. Sudore will discuss how to prepare for future medical decisions and to get the care that is right for older adults. She will share video stories from The PREPARE website and answer questions about how best to ensure the older adult's wishes are honored during serious illness.

  Welcome Dr. Stephanie Cheng!
Sep 02, 2016 We are pleased to welcome Dr. Stephanie Cheng to the Division of Geriatrics. Stephanie is a Family Medicine and Palliative Care doctor who recently completed her Palliative Medicine fellowship at George Washington University in DC. She has an educational background and interest in integrative medicine. Stephanie's position will include home-based palliative care in the Bridges program, work in the SMS (outpatient palliative care clinic) for cancer patients, and some inpatient time. Welcome Stephanie!

  Dr. Helen Kao Publishes a Blogpost
Sep 02, 2016 Helen Kao, M.D. recently published a blogpost on regarding the California Board of Optometry restricting optometrists from being home eye care providers.

  Carla Perissinotto Quoted in New York Times
Sep 06, 2016 Carla Perissinotto, MD, MHS is quoted in an article that appeared in the New York Times on September 5, 2016, "Researchers Confront an Epidemic of Loneliness." The article addresses social isolation among seniors and its connection to physical illness. Carla is quoted saying: “The profound effects of loneliness on health and independence are a critical public health problem. It is no longer medically or ethically acceptable to ignore older adults who feel lonely and marginalized.”

  Welcome Dr. Victoria Tang!
Sep 07, 2016 The Division of Geriatrics is thrilled to welcome Dr. Victoria Tang to our faculty. Vicky is a recent graduate of the UCSF Geriatrics clinical and research fellowship programs. As a fellow, she distinguished herself as an outstanding bed side clinician and scholar, publishing several high impact scientific articles. Vicky will develop her career as a clinician-researcher, focusing on how to improve the care and outcomes of older patients considering surgery. She will have a joint appointment in the SFVAMC section of hospital medicine where her clinical focus will be on the inpatient care of veterans on the medical and surgical services.

  Dr. Carla Perissinotto Receives 2016 Outstanding Resident Teaching Award
Sep 13, 2016 Carla Perissinotto, MD, MHS received a 2016 Outstanding Resident Teaching Award from the UCSF Ob/Gyn residents at Mt Zion. Award winners needed to score at least 4.5 on overall teaching effectiveness at at least 4.0 on other teaching domains. Carla's overall teaching effectiveness score was a perfect 5.0 as judged by the residents. She was noted to have demonstrated consistent excellence in her teaching craft. Congratulations!

  Dr. Victoria Tang Publishes an Article in JGIM
Sep 14, 2016 Victoria Tang, MD, MAS recently published an article in JGIM which found that older adults with hip fracture face a poor likelihood of functional recovery regardless of previous function. Thus, calling for the need to help patients and family members set realistic expectations and prepare for increased care needs.

  UCSF Optimizing Aging Collaborative Presents at the OMI Health Fair
Sep 16, 2016 Anna Chodos, MD, MPH , Carla Perissinotto, MD, MHS , and Megan Rathfon (Geriatrics NP Scholar) will present talks at the OMI Health Fair on Sept 17th 10am-1pm at the Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center. Jessica Eng, MD, MS , Louise Walter, MD , and Jack Anderson are other Geriatric Division members who will be performing screenings for falls, loneliness and depression at this community event together with other members of our Collaborative, Lynda Mackin, RN, PhD, ANP, Megan Rathfon and Maggie Dietrich.

  Welcome Dr. Daphne Lo!
Sep 20, 2016 Daphne Lo, M.D., a talented clinician and educator, is a new faculty member in the UCSF Division of Geriatrics. Dr. Lo completed her medical school at St. Louis University, residency at the University of Colorado Denver, geriatric medicine fellowship at UCSF, and a masters program in education at UCB. As a fellow, Dr. Lo distinguished herself as an outstanding educator, creating and leading novel interprofessional education sessions for medical students and pharmacy students on medication management for older adults during transitions of care. Dr. Lo begins her faculty appointment as a clinician in Home Based Primary Care and the Community Living Center at SFVAMC and as an educator at UCSF. Welcome, Dr. Daphne Lo!

  Dr. Michael Steinman's Paper Amongst Top Articles Published on Medical Overuse
Sep 20, 2016 A paper published by Michael Steinman, MD on overtreatment of diabetes in older adults was selected as one of the 10 most important articles on medical overuse published in 2015. The original paper appears here, and the article identifying it as a top-10 article appears here.

  Dr. Victoria Tang Awarded UCSF CTSI KL2 Career Development Award
Sep 26, 2016 Victoria Tang, MD, MAS has been awarded a UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute Career Development (KL2 Scholars) Award. Scholars are selected from across all the UCSF schools and receive 3 years of funding to pursue multidisciplinary clinical research with training and mentoring. Congratulations to Dr. Tang for receiving this very competitive research career development award!

  Krista Harrison to Give Talk on Bioethics at the Stanford Center on September 28th
Sep 27, 2016 Krista Lyn Harrison, PhD will give a talk at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 to present work that draws from and synthesizes both empirical data and conceptual ethics literature to provide community healthcare organizations with a practically useful but conceptually-grounded tool for ethical resource allocation decision-making. The talk is entitled: "Between ought and is: a guide for ethical resource allocation policy decisions in community healthcare organizations."

  Nancy Dudley Publishes in Health Affairs on Staffing of Palliative Care Programs
Sep 27, 2016 Nancy Dudley, MA, BSN publish an article entitled, "Few Hospital Palliative Care Programs Meet National Staffing Recommendations" in Health Affairs. Their research concludes that a greater attention to the workforce that provides palliative services is required to enhance and expand access to palliative care.

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