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  Jessica Eng's Workshop Accepted to 2018 Aging in America Conference
Dec 01, 2017 Jessica Eng, MD, MS and UC Hastings partner Sara Huffman, JD had a workshop accepted to 2018 Aging in America Conference titled “Integrating Medical and Legal Care to Improve the Health of Older Veterans”. ASA's Aging in America Conference is the nation’s largest and most dynamic multidisciplinary event known for its comprehensive view of the issues, challenges and opportunities in aging.

  VA Geriatrics, Palliative and Extended Care Nurse Practitioner Cindy Cosbey Quoted in VA National Post
Dec 07, 2017 VA Geriatrics, Palliative and Extended Care Nurse Practitioner Cindy Cosbey is quoted in VA national post about her Home Based Primary Care patient. Home Based Primary Care provides in-home comprehensive geriatric care to veterans from San Mateo to Humboldt County.

  Introducing our Fellowship Class for 2018
Dec 07, 2017

GeriPal Fellow:

Evie Kalmar--Many of us know her and loved working with her throughout her time at UCSF (she did UCSF JMP and now UCSF primary care). She has a long history of interest in geriatrics and palliative care. Her projects have included (the list is very long, I’ll just mention three of them): improving prescribing of naloxone to patients on opioids, analysis of community forum data from the PRIDE study (a cohort study of over 17K LGBTQ individuals), and a mentorship project for undergrad students focused on addressing social isolation in elders. Evie is also currently working at Landmark where she is getting some great education on how care is delivered to complex older adults in the community.

Geriatric Medicine Fellows:

Michael Goldrich-- Another UCSF family member who many of us know and love, although we did lose him for three years when he was completing IM residency at Scripts in San Diego. Michael did his undergrad at UCF Berkeley and received his MD here at UCSF, where he worked closely with some of our faculty members of projects like the Interprofessional Aging and Palliative Care Group. He is interested in multiple different geriatric care settings, including outpatient clinic practice, Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) units, Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) programs, and house calls.

Lindsey Haddock--Lindsey went to Stanford for her undergrad training and her MD, where she participated in multiple research projects and chaired a well-being workgroup. She is now at University of Pennsylvania where she is completing a two-year medical-education leadership residency program and continues her interest in wellness (chairing a committee on this). She has had multiple projects in education, one of which is a med-ed project on preventing hospital readmissions, as well as a geriatric assessment that is embedded into the EMR.

Meredith Mirrer--Yes another UCSF family member. Meredith did her undegrad at Johns Hopkins for public health with a graduate MHS in Environmental Health. She then went to Mt Sinai for her MD where she worked with the palliative are folks on a MSTART project focused on the relationship between age and care needs among patients admitted to the inpatient palliative care unit. Now she is a UCSF family medicine resident where she is doing some pretty awesome projects. These include developing a geriatrics registry for the Family Health Center (FHC), a quality improvement project to improve older adults' access to care along with the volume and quality of residents' geriatric patient care experiences at FHC. To top it all off, she is also working on a music therapy program for the ACE unit.

Alejandra Sanchez Lopez--While we didn’t know Alejandra before our interviews, all of our faculty who met her were blown away by her humanistic strengths (for which she has won multiple awards) and her passion for clinical education . Alejandra was born in Mexico and received her MD in Mexico. After this she practiced medicine on the wards and was a clinical instructor at Universidad Iberoamericana,Tijuana. She then came to the US to do her IM training at Jacobi, where she is now a chief resident. She is currently working on a QI project that is focused on improving recognition of frailty and has done multiple other projects in the past.

Thanks to everyone who was involved in the interview and selection process!

  Congratulations to Our Division of Geriatrics Holiday Bowling Tournament Winners!
Dec 08, 2017 Congratulations to our Division of Geriatrics Holiday Bowling Tournament winners at the Presidio Bowling Center!
First Place Team: (Roll Me Home #1) Ken Koncilja, Mike Harper, Jess Neil, Becki Conant (Avg. 109.75 pts)
Second Place Team: (Ass-Kickers) Louise Walter, Alicia Neumann, Mike Steinman (not pictured) (Avg. 99.67 pts)
First Highest Individual Score: Sei Lee (149 pts) (photo coming soon)
Second Highest Individual Score: Marlon Aliberti (148 pts)
Good Effort Award: (Miss Congeniality) Ashley Eaton, Sarah Garrigues, Krista Harrison, Nicole Thompson (Avg. 74.75 pts)

  Thanks, Mom & Dad!
Dec 14, 2017 Watch PREPARE For Your Care’s new one-minute video encouraging people of all ages to start the conversation around advance care planning. Help us share it via your social media!

Developed by Rebecca Sudore, MD, PREPARE for Your Care is a free online resource that helps people understand and make decisions about their medical care. Featuring more than 140 video stories in English and Spanish, PREPARE guides users as they explore their wishes and learn how to discuss them with family, friends, and medical providers. Thanks to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, PREPARE now offers easy-to-read advance directives to help people to share their wishes in California, Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, and Pennsylvania; with more states on the way! For more PREPARE updates, check out the December Newsletter and sign up here.

  Carla Perissinotto Quoted in New York Times article
Dec 15, 2017 Carla Perissinotto, MD, MHS's research is quoted in a New York Times article entitled "The Surprising Effects of Loneliness on Health". Read article here.

  Drs. Rogers, Witt and Megan Rathfon Lead Holiday Caroling in Parnassus ACE Room
Dec 15, 2017 Geriatrics fellow Leah Witt, MD, ACE coordinator Megan Rathfon, RN, and ACE Medical Director Stephanie Rogers, MD led holiday caroling in the ACE activity room on the Parnassus ACE room this week. Guest singers from UCSF's Clinical Innovation Center joined in on the fun!


  Meredith Greene Published a Paper on Loneliness in HIV
Dec 19, 2017 Meredith Greene, MD and colleagues (including Carla Perissinotto, MD, MHS ) published a paper entitled: "Loneliness in Older Adults Living with HIV" last month. Dr. Greene's research recommends that a comprehensive care approach, incorporating mental health and psychosocial assessments with more traditional clinical assessments, will be needed to improve health outcomes for the aging HIV-positive population.

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