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  Dr. Louise Walter's Framework for Individualized Decisions Published in Dermatology Journal
Nov 01, 2016 Dr. Eleni Linos is an author on a paper recently published in the British Journal of Dermatology and which features a new schematic of Dr. Louise Walter's framework for individualized decision making for screening decisions in older adults (Figure 2 in manuscript). The paper discusses the importance of shared decision making when considering interventions to treat skin diseases given the variable psychological impact of skin disease on individuals and the uncertainty regarding best treatments.

  Dr. John Newman Presented on Polypharmacy at the Osher Mini-Medical School Course in Geriatrics in October
Nov 01, 2016 UCSF Pharmacist Kirby Lee, PharmD, MAS and geriatrician John Newman, MD, PhD presented a lecture on polypharmacy to an incredibly enthusiastic audience at the Osher Mini-Medical School Course in Geriatrics in October. The lecture, titled “Medication optimization: When more is less”, will be broadcast on UCTV in December.

  Dr. John Newman Co-Authored Two White Papers Published in the Journal of Gerontology
Nov 01, 2016 John Newman, MD, PhD is co-first author on two white papers published in a new special issue of the Journal of Gerontology, Moving Geroscience into Uncharted Waters. The special issue is a product of the NIA-funded Geroscience Network, which aims to facilitate the first clinical trials of interventions that target fundamental processes of aging, and is led by James Kirkland (Mayo), Nir Barzilai (Albert Einstein) and Steve Austad (UAB).

“Strategies and Challenges in Clinical Trials Targeting Human Aging” summarizes the evidence for FDA-approved candidate drugs that may target aging, and describes two broad strategies for clinical trials that either aim to enhance reliance to acute health stressors, or prolong healthspan by slowing the onset of multimorbidity or functional decline. “Frameworks for Proof of Concept Clinical Trials of Interventions that Target Fundamental Aging Processes” describes how to carry out small pilot studies seeking to delay or ameliorate age-related chronic diseases, geriatric syndromes, or acute health stresses like hospitalization.

  Dr. Krista Harrison Publishes Article in JAMA Internal Medicine
Nov 01, 2016 Krista Lyn Harrison, PhD , and Geriatrics colleagues recently published an article in JAMA Internal Medicine which identified ongoing low completion and disparities in advance care planning among older Medicare beneficiaries using the National Health Aging and Trends Study (NHATS). Co-authors include Alex Smith, MD, MPH , Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH, FACP, FAAHPM , and Rebecca Sudore, MD at UCSF, and Emily Adrion, PhD, MA, at University of Michigan.

  Dr. Louise Walter Interviewed for Podcast "Better Cancer Screening While Aging"
Nov 01, 2016 Louise Walter, MD was interviewed by UCSF volunteer faculty member, Dr. Leslie Kernisan, for a podcast on Better Cancer Screening While Aging. You can listen to the ~20 minute podcast here.

  UCSF Geriatrics Clinician Educators Break Records at Reynolds Foundation Final Meeting October 2016
Nov 01, 2016 With 16 talented educators, the UCSF Division of Geriatrics top the nation with the highest attendance at the final annual meeting of the D. W. Reynolds Foundation. Achievements included selection as session facilitators, workshop leaders, keynote panelists, and Product of the Decade. Congratulations, UCSF geriatrics clinician educators!


  Dr. Daphne Lo Delivers Medical Education Grand Rounds This Wednesday!
Nov 02, 2016 Medical Education Grand Rounds:
Psychological Safety on an Interprofessional VA Ward Team (iPACT)
Date: Wednesday November 2, 2016 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Location: 530 Parnassus Ave, Room CL 220/223

To Register:

During this talk, Daphne Lo, MD will discuss her current Master's thesis research, involving a qualitative case study that examines the influence workplace environment and team members have on constructing psychological safety on an interprofessional inpatient internal medicine team. Findings build on previous research and suggest revolutionary new ways in which hospital spaces can be redesigned to better promote interprofessional team learning and collaboration.

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

• Describe the concept of psychological safety in teams
• Describe the impact of the physical workspace on psychological safety.

Dr. Lo is a faculty member in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics. During her advanced geriatrics fellowship, she completed the Health Profession Education Advanced Pathway, and is currently enrolled in the Master of Education program through the Center for Faculty Educators and the UC Berkeley School of Education. She is the recipient of a 2016-2017 Innovations Funding Grant.

  Dr. Carla Perissinotto Selected to be a Member of MEDCAC
Nov 09, 2016 Carla Perissinotto, MD, MHS was selected to be a member of MEDCAC, for a 2 year term starting January 2017. The Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) was established to provide independent guidance and expert advice to CMS on specific clinical topics. The MEDCAC is used to supplement CMS' internal expertise and to allow an unbiased and current deliberation of "state of the art" technology and science. The MEDCAC reviews and evaluates medical literature, reviews technology assessments, public testimony and examines data and information on the benefits, harms, and appropriateness of medical items and services that are covered under Medicare or that may be eligible for coverage under Medicare. The MEDCAC judges the strength of the available evidence and makes recommendations to CMS based on that evidence.

  San Francisco VA Health Care System Home-Based Primary Care Program to Develop a New HBPC Site in Clearlake
Nov 10, 2016 The SFVAHCS Home-Based Primary Care program was recently awarded funding to develop a new HBPC site in Clearlake, through a $3million/3 year competitive Office of Rural Health Grant. $791K in FY17, to be renewed at $1.26 mill in FY18 and FY19 if goals met.

  Dr. Anna Chodos Elected to the Board of the National Association for Geriatric Education
Nov 18, 2016 This week Anna Chodos, MD, MPH was elected to the Board of the National Association for Geriatric Education (NAGE). NAGE is a non-profit membership organization representing geriatric education centers and other groups and organizations that provide education and training to health professionals in the areas of geriatrics and gerontology.

  Dr. Janice Schwartz Publishes in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Nov 18, 2016 Janice Schwatz, MD is the first-author on a manuscript published in the October issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The manuscript focuses on the impact of substituting estimated GFR for creatinine clearance when dosing direct oral anticoagulants. See J Am Geriatr Soc 2016 1996-2002.

  Dr. Janice Schwartz is a Co-Author on 2 Publications Focused on Alzheimer's Disease
Nov 18, 2016 Janice Schwatz, MD , working together with Dr. Ed Goetzl, published two articles studying the basic science of Alzheimer's disease focused on the role of neuronal exosomes. See FASEB J. 2016 Nov;30(11):3853-3859. PMID: 27511944 and FASEB J. 2016 Sep 6. pii: fj.201600816R. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 276014

  Dr. Janice Schwartz Quoted in 2 Local Newspapers about Vitamin D
Nov 18, 2016 Janice Schwatz, MD is quoted in two local newspapers about the health benefits of vitamin D. See articles here and here.

  Laurene Wu McClain and Charles J. McClain Geriatrics Education Endowment
Nov 28, 2016 The UCSF Division of Geriatrics is very grateful for the generosity of Laurene and Charles McClain who have made a gift of $500,000 to establish a permanent endowed fund in the Division of Geriatrics to support educational opportunities and curriculum development in Geriatric Medicine. This gift will transform in perpetuity the scope of our education programs, ensuring that hundreds of health care providers--physicians, nurses, care coordinators, emergency services personnel, pharmacists, and others--will be trained to deliver the kind of person-centered approach to geriatric care that improves health and quality of life.

  Carla Perissinotto and Stephanie Rogers Featured in The Wall Street Journal
Nov 28, 2016 Carla Perissinotto, MD, MHS and Stephanie Rogers, MD are featured in an article in The Wall Street Journal 11/28/16 about cognitive testing before surgery. The article describes how assessing patients for memory and thinking problems prior to surgery can help doctors anticipate how patients will tolerate a surgery and follow care instructions once they get home. A cognitive assessment also can assist patients’ families and caregivers in deciding whether to proceed with a surgery by giving them more information about the potential risks. Read more here.

  Christine Ritchie Attends the Inaugural Convening of the Atlantic Fellows Programs Principals
Nov 28, 2016 Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH, FACP, FAAHPM attended, on behalf of GBHI, the Inaugural Convening of the Atlantic Fellows programs principals. The event was held at the University of Oxford in England from October 31 to November 3rd. The Atlantic Fellows Program is a joint initiative of the Atlantic Institute and Rhodes Trust. It is funded by Atlantic Philanthropies to support the development of future leaders working together across disciplines and borders to tackle some of the today’s most pressing issues: systemic inequality and racial equity; barriers to full participation in democracy; and major health challenges such as dementia and a lack of access to care.

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