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  Daphne Lo Named New VA Site Director for UCSF School of Medicine Bridges Curriculum Clinical Microsystems Clerkship
Sep 08, 2017 Daphne Lo, MD, MAEd, was named the new VA Site Director for the UCSF School of Medicine Bridges Curriculum Clinical Microsystems Clerkship. In her new role, Dr. Lo will oversee first and second year medical student education in health systems science, interprofessional teamwork, and clinical skills at the San Francisco VA and San Bruno clinic. Dr. Lo is excited to join a team of highly experienced, innovative, and creative educators (including many from our division) in this new endeavor.

  Five Geriatrics Faculty Receive AME Excellence In Teaching Awards
Sep 08, 2017 Congratulations to Brook Calton, MD, MHS , Pei Chen, MD, Kathryn Eubank, MD, Daphne Lo, MD, MAEd , and Edgar Pierluissi, MD for being awarded the Academy of Medical Educators 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award! These peer-nominated awards for teaching faculty highlight outstanding front-line teachers of medical students, residents, and fellows at all UCSF teaching sites who often go unrecognized.

  Welcome Natalie Young!
Sep 12, 2017 We are delighted to welcome Dr. Natalie Young to the UCSF Division of Geriatrics faculty. Dr. Young received her MD from UCSF and completed a Primary Care residency at UCSF before going to Mt Sinai to complete a combined Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine fellowship. Dr. Young joined the faculty at Mt Sinai and was an attending physician on the Mt Sinai Hospital-at-Home program to provide high-quality acute care in the home. She also is an outstanding educator who developed a curriculum for geriatric fellows to supplement the “Hospital at Home” clinical rotation. Dr. Young decided to return to the Bay Area and we are so lucky to have her join us as of September 1st. Dr. Young will be an attending physician in the UCSF Housecalls program and in the UCSF Symptom Management Service and will also provide geriatrics and palliative medicine expertise in the UCSF Thoracic Oncology Clinic. Please welcome her when you see her!

  UCSF Parnassus ACE Unit and New Hip Fracture Co-Management Services Interdisciplinary Rounds Start This Week
Sep 12, 2017 The UCSF Parnassus ACE unit and new Hip Fracture Co-management service started interdisciplinary rounds this week! There is a lot of excitement and so much we can offer our patients!

  The Hartford Foundation and AGS Give Hip Fracture Co-Management Workshop
Sep 12, 2017 The Hartford Foundation and representatives from the American Geriatrics Society (led by Daniel Mendelsen from University of Rochester) gave an all-day hip fracture co-management workshop last Friday at UCSF. Sponsored by the Office of Population Health, representatives from Orthopedics, anesthesia, emergency medicine, geriatrics, medicine, nursing, rehab and the Care Support Team learned best practices for hip fracture patients across all sites of care. Our interdisciplinary team set goals for the upcoming year including improving communication between teams and site of care.

  Stephanie Rogers Publish on the Network for Investigation of Delirium
Sep 12, 2017 Stephanie Rogers, MD published a blog post with UCSF Neurologist Vanja Douglas on the NIDUS (Network for Investigation of Delirium) blog site: They reviewed current hospital quality standards for delirium screening and risk prediction and highlighted current challenges with the standardization of quality metrics.

  Drs. Newman and Verdin Publish Mouse Aging Study Results in Cell Metabolism
Sep 20, 2017 John Newman, MD, PhD and his mentor Eric Verdin, MD published the results of a multi-year mouse aging study in Cell Metabolism, "Ketogenic Diet Reduces Midlife Mortality and Improves Memory in Aging Mice". The article was published alongside related studies from researchers at UC Davis and UC Irvine, as well as a commentary piece.

Altogether, the works provide new insight into the biological mechanisms of energy metabolism that could be developed into targeted therapies for age-related diseases. The research received wide attention, including in The Guardian, Popular Science, Wired, Mercury News, and AlzForum. Dr. Newman is a Beeson Scholar and AFAR grantee.

  VA Good News!
Sep 21, 2017 Please see some exciting news from the VA below:

Anne Fabiny, MD recently participated in a national meeting to modernize and re-design geriatrics care across the entire VA health care system.

The CLC received an almost deficiency-free unannounced Survey from the Long Term Care Institute, the organization the VA has hired to inspect and certify their nursing homes. They received a spectacular review and were informed that some of their work will be put forth as best practices for the nation!

The new Veterans Integrated Perioperative (VIP) Clinic is going to start seeing patients later this month. With expert consultation from Victoria Tang, MD, MAS, the VA hospitalist service is leading the clinic with social work, PT/OT and geriatrics.

The PACT Intensive Management (PIM) Team led by Jessica Eng, MD, MS was funded for another 2 years and has renamed itself Intensive Management for PACT (IMPACT). The team is expanding its role to provide mentoring and support to primary care teams in their care of complex patients.

The VA ACE unit has reorganized itself and now runs both the ACE unit and a geriatric consult service to veterans over 85 years old across the entire hospital.

Kaitlin Willham, MD is going to launch a new VA Geriatrics VTEL clinic to provide expert geriatrics consultative care to rural veterans and their providers.

  Alex Smith Elected President of the UCSF School of Medicine Alumni Board
Sep 21, 2017 Alex Smith, MD, MPH was elected President of the UCSF School of Medicine Alumni Board this summer. In this capacity, Dr. Smith represented UCSF Alumni at the White Coat Ceremony in August. In the wake of the Federal Administrations decision to end DACA, he is organizing the Alumni to apply pressure to residency programs across the country to implement a "citizenship-blind" admissions process. Residents may be the most vulnerable trainees, as they are considered employees, not students, and are often paid with federal funds.

Click here to view Dr. Smith's letter in the UCSF School of Medicine Alumni eNewsletter.

  Drs. Willham, Covinsky, and Widera Publish Review in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Sep 21, 2017 Kaitlin Willham, MD, Ken Covinsky, MD, MPH and Eric Widera, MD published a review of ten high-impact articles in geriatrics and palliative medicine from 2016. The review can be found in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

  Rebecca Sudore Publishes Paper in Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Sep 21, 2017 Rebecca Sudore, MD recently published a paper entitled "Outcomes that Define Successful Advance Care Planning: A Delphi Panel Consensus" in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Please see paper here.

  Welcome Maureen Barrientos!
Sep 22, 2017 Please join me in welcoming Maureen Barrientos, our new Clinical Research Coordinator, working with Dr. Janice Schwartz and Dr. Rebecca Brown! Maureen comes to us from the Stress and Health Research Program at UCSF and the San Francisco VA Medical Center, where she worked as a Research Coordinator. Prior to that, she held the role of Research Assistant for the same program (obviously, she was very successful in that role!) Maureen has research management, as well as research administration experience as she was in charge of hiring, supervising, and training staff in subject recruitment, study procedures, and data management, and assisted Principal Investigators with grant and budget submissions in her previous role. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of San Francisco, Maureen also garnered community outreach and grants submission experience as an intern at Swords to Plowshares in 2014. Last but not least, Maureen co-authored a publication on the “Gender differences in subjective sleep related to post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in trauma-exposed adults.”

Maureen will be stationed at Laurel Heights (Suite 435G-5) as well as the VA (Bldg 2, Room 142) and working closely with Drs. Schwartz and Brown on their research. She can be reached at or her LH phone 415-502-3797. We are very excited to have her join our team. If you have a chance to meet her, please give her your warmest welcome!

  Nancy Dudley and Team Publish Paper in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Sep 22, 2017 Nancy Dudley, MA, BSN, Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH, FACP, FAAHPM, Meg Wallhagen, RN, PhD, FAAN, Ken Covinsky, MD, MPH , Bruce Cooper, PhD, Kanan Patel, MBBS, MPH, Irena Stijacic-Cenzer, and Susan Chapman, RN, PhD, FAAN published a paper in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, entitled: "Characteristics of Older Adults in Primary Care who May Benefit from Primary Palliative Care in the United States." Research results found that advanced illness visits to U.S. primary care settings were most common among older adults most likely to be socioeconomically vulnerable and highlight the need to focus efforts for high quality palliative care for these populations.

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