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  Vicky Tang Awarded HCSRN-OAICs AGING Initiative Pilot Project Grant
Oct 03, 2016 Victoria Tang, MD, MAS's project entitled, "Advance Care Planning in Older Adults with Multiple Comorbid Conditions undergoing High-Risk Surgery" is one of four approved for funding by HCSRN-OAIC's AGING Initiative Pilot Project Grant Program's Steering Committee. Project reviewers said, "[Dr. Tang] is extremely accomplished and has a bright future. [Her project] fits with work already accomplished by PAMF/HCSRN investigator so it's a strong proposal meeting the OAIC pilot project intent."
 


  Pei Chen and Mike Steinman Publish Commentary in the Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
Oct 03, 2016 Pei Chen, MD and Michael Steinman, MD authored a commentary, titled “Perception of primary care physicians on the impact of comprehensive geriatric assessment: what is the next step?” in the Israel Journal of Health Policy Research. The article discussed the perceptions of primary care physicians on comprehensive geriatric assessment in Israel and how to use multipronged approach to empower patients and families, develop adherence programs, promote continuing medical education to improve effectiveness of comprehensive geriatric assessment and the care of older adults in the outpatient setting.
 


  Pei Chen Gives Geriatric Noon Conference
Oct 04, 2016 Pei Chen, MD gave the first of the Geriatric Noon Conference in September to residents across the UCSF campuses in Parnassus, SFVAMC, and ZSFGH. The topic was on physiology of aging, which was well-attended and well-received by the residents, and they are asking for more!
 


  Geriatrics Research Coordinator is a Composer!
Oct 05, 2016 Our very own Axel Herrera, Clinical Research Coordinator with the PREPARE study, composes beautiful music. Congratulations on your accomplishment, Axel!
 


  John Newman Presents at the International Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories Mechanisms of Aging Meeting
Oct 07, 2016 John Newman, MD, PhD attended the international Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories Mechanisms of Aging Meeting in September. Dr. Newman presented an abstract of his work with Eric Verdin on defining molecular mechanisms by which fasting metabolism can affect aging and cognition, titled "Longevity and healthspan effects of ketogenic and high-fat diets in mice”.
 


  Josette Rivera Selected as Assistant Course Director of the Life Stages Foundational Sciences Block
Oct 07, 2016 Josette Rivera, MD was selected as Assistant Course Director of the Life Stages Foundational Sciences block in the School of Medicine Bridges curriculum. In this role, she will oversee the development and implementation of geriatrics content for this course.
 


  Christine Ritchie Presented at the Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium Patient-Centered Care Across the Cancer Continuum
Oct 07, 2016 Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH, FACP, FAAHPM presented in the Use of Novel Technology in Palliative and Supportive Care Breakout Session at the Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium Patient-Centered Care Across the Cancer Continuum in September 2016. Dr. Ritchie's presentation was entitled, "App to Assess Function and Cognition."
 


  Josette Rivera Receives an Outstanding Service to the Academy of Medical Educators Award
Oct 07, 2016 Josette Rivera, MD was recognized with an Outstanding Service to the Academy of Medical Educators award for her leadership in the Academy’s Innovations Funding Program, and for her overall “good cheer, informed advocacy and great team leadership skills to help advance our programs and mission.” –Helen Loeser, former Director of the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators
 


  Christine Ritchie Presents as the Keynote Speaker at the First National Symposium on Academic Palliative Care Education & Research
Oct 07, 2016 Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH, FACP, FAAHPM presented as the Keynote Speaker at the First National Symposium on Academic Pallitative Care Education & Research at the California State University Institute for Palliative Care. Dr. Ritchie's presentation was entitled, "The Science of Palliative Care -- What Will it Take for us to be Evidence-Based?" Dr. Ritchie also participated in the panel presentation, entitled, "Home and Community-based Palliative Care: Opportunities and Challenges in a Changing Healthcare System."
 


  Anna Chodos Present Medicine Grand Rounds at VA and UCSF
Oct 10, 2016 Anna Chodos, MD, MPH presented Medicine Grand Rounds at both the VA and UCSF in October on the topic of "Common Geriatrics Issues in General Practice". The talk focused on the high frequency geriatrics issues in primary care-- dementia assessment, management of neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia, and polypharmacy-- to help get more "little g" geriatrics into general practice.
 


  Michael Steinman Interviewed by the Wall Street Journal
Oct 10, 2016 Michael Steinman, MD was interviewed in an article published in the Wall Street Journal on deprescribing medications in older adults, entitled: "When Patients Take Too Many Pills, Doctors Deprescribe".
 


  Anna Chodos and Louise Walter Are Co-Directors of the Osher Mini-Medical School Course in Geriatrics
Oct 10, 2016 Anna Chodos, MD, MPH and Louise Walter, MD , are co-directing the Osher Mini-Medical School course for the general public in Geriatrics. The course is entitled "Optimizing Well-Being in Older Age" and starts October 11. For six weeks, this course will take place on Tuesday evenings at Parnassus and engage approximately 100 students in key topics on aging. These topics are being taught or co-taught by our distinguished Division of Geriatrics faculty and collaborators, including Carla Perissinotto, MD, MHS , John Newman, MD, PhD , Anne Fabiny, MD , Alex Smith, MD, MPH , and Rebecca Sudore, MD . The course is supported by the Optimizing Aging Collaborative. Check out the course website!
 


  Michi Yukawa, MD, MPH Gives Talk Entitled "Care and Management of Geriatric Patients" at the SFVAMC
Oct 14, 2016 Michi Yukawa, MD, MPH gave a talk entitled “Care and Management of Geriatric Patients” during a one day “Making the Difference: Nursing Care Conference” held at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Over 90 nurses from the community and SFVAMC attended the conference on September 23rd.
 


  Elaine Chow Receives School of Medicine Great People Award!
Oct 14, 2016 Congratulations to Elaine Chow for receiving a School of Medicine Great People award! Elaine was nominated by her colleagues for her commitment to the Division of Geriatrics and UCSF. She serves as a role model for teamwork and customer service, showing solid and consistent devotion to her job and the people she works with. Elaine’s contributions to geriatric education programs are invaluable. Congratulations Elaine!
 


  Sei Lee, MD, MAS Awarded VA Grant to Develop and Test Life Expectancy Calculators
Oct 17, 2016 Sei Lee, MD, MAS was awarded a grant by VA to develop and test life expectancy calculators to improve the targeting of colorectal cancer screening in older veterans.
 


  Sei Lee, MD, MAS Selected to Co-Lead the K-Grant Writing Seminar
Oct 17, 2016 Sei Lee, MD, MAS was selected to co-lead the K-grant writing seminar run by the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Training program. He will lead a workshop to help junior faculty from across UCSF write compelling K-grant applications.
 


  Michael Steinman, MD Was a Featured Guest on NPR's "On Point"
Oct 18, 2016 Michael Steinman, MD was a featured guest on “On Point,” a nationally syndicated NPR radio show, talking about deprescribing of medications for older adults on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. An audiolink to the broadcast can be found at here.
 


  Dandan Liu, MD Present at the International Psychogeriatric Association International Congress and National PACE Association Conference
Oct 20, 2016 Dandan Liu, MD was part of a panel presentation with Jay Luxenberg at the International Psychogeriatric Association International Congress, and shared a case of managing mental illness within Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) for a Chinese immigrant population.

Dr. Liu also has an upcoming presentation at National PACE Association conference entitled: "Putting the 'I' in IDT" to illustrate interdisciplinary team development and the role a physician should (and shouldn't) have in the team.
 


  Rebecca Sudore, MD Spoke at The Commonwealth Club Regarding End-of-Life Challenges and Solutions
Oct 24, 2016 Rebecca Sudore, MD spoke with Congresswoman Jackie Speier at The Commonwealth Club on Fri. Oct. 7, 2016 about End-of-Life Challenges and Solutions. Dr. Sudore discussed how to prepare for future medical decisions and get the care that is right for older adults. She also shared video stories from The PREPARE website and answered questions about how best to ensure the older adult's wishes are honored during serious illness. Check out the podcast of their discussion here.
 


  ePrognosis Wins Reynolds Foundation Product of the Decade
Oct 28, 2016 ePrognosis, co-founded by Eric Widera, MD, Alex Smith, MD, MPH , and Sei Lee, MD, MAS won the Reynolds Foundation Product of the Decade as voted by clinician-educators from across the United States. ePrognosis offers clinicians and trainees a suite of resources to help them incorporate prognosis into decision making, including a recently added “Communication” section designed on improving skills in discussing prognosis with patients and family members.
 


  Division Members Featured at 2016 National Palliative Care Research Center Meeting
Oct 28, 2016 Several UCSF Division of Geriatrics faculty were recognized for their outstanding research at the 2016 National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) Meeting in Quebec Oct 24-27, 2016.

Rebecca Sudore, MD and Brie Williams, MD, MS are 2016 NPCRC Pilot Grantees (Dr. Williams for Bringing Advanced Care Planning to Prisons and Dr. Sudore for Developing a Toolkit to Empower Medicaid-Paid Caregivers to Manage Common Palliative Care Symptoms)

Alex Smith, MD, MPH attended as a 2015 NPCRC Pilot Grantee for his research on Prognosis Communication with Disabled Elders.

Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH, FACP, FAAHPM is a 2014 NPCRC Pilot Grantee focused on Development of a Health Tool to Assess the Impact of Opioids in Older Adults.

Ken Covinsky, MD, MPH also attended the NPCRC Meeting and contributes substantial work pertaining to career development training in grant writing.
 


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