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2016 Controversies in Geriatric Medicine – The Difficult Daughter

Panel for the evening included: (l to r) Timothy Patton, DO; James O’Toole, MD; Amelia Gennari, MD; Moderator Fred Rubin, MD; James Byron, MA; and Case Presenter Syeda Arabi, MD

Panel for the evening included: (l to r) Timothy Patton, DO; James O’Toole, MD;
Amelia Gennari, MD; Moderator Fred Rubin, MD; James Byron, MA; and
Case Presenter Syeda Arabi, MD

The Herberman Conference Center, Pittsburgh, PA hosted over 45 attendees at the 2nd annual “Controversies in Geriatric Medicine” program held June 16, 2016. The program was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division, the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services, Optum, Sanofi, University of Pittsburgh, University Center for Social and Urban Research, and The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

 

Fred Rubin, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Chief of Medicine, UPMC Shadyside, served as moderator. Dr. Rubin is also the President of the Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division.

 

The program presented the case of an elderly patient with severe dementia who is bedbound and nourished via gastrostomy, and is frequently hospitalized.

The complex management of the patient is made more challenging by the need to negotiate every step with a difficult family member.

Syeda Arabi, MD, geriatric medicine fellow, Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, presented the case. Physicians who treated the patient served as the panel presenters and addressed the management of the patient from their individual perspectives. Dynamic and lively discussion from panelists and audience members added to the program, with overall course comments being exceptional.

 

The society would like to thank the following guest faculty for providing their expertise and stimulating discussion: Jason Byron, MA, Manager of Medical Ethics at UPMC, Co-Chair of the UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Ethics Committee; Amelia Gennari, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Medical Director, UPMC Senior Care-Shadyside, Director of Ambulatory Care, Division of Geriatrics, UPMC; James O’Toole, MD, Director of Wound Care, UPMC Shadyside, Associate Chair, Department of Plastic Surgery, UPMC; and Timothy Patton, DO, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Dermatology, University of Pittsburgh.

 

The program is one of many educational offerings hosted by the Society throughout the year. Membership is open to all healthcare professionals interested in improving the health and well-being of all older persons.

James O’Toole, MD discusses treatment plans for pressure ulcers

James O’Toole, MD discusses treatment plans for pressure ulcers

Jason Byron, MA discusses how to deal with difficult and challenging family members.

Jason Byron, MA discusses how to deal with difficult and challenging family members.

Attendees at the 2016 Controversies in Geriatric Medicine Program.

Attendees at the 2016 Controversies in Geriatric Medicine Program.

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Upcoming Educational Programs

24th Annual PMDA Symposium – October 14-15
Hotel Hershey

Additional information


November 2016 Fall Program – planning is underway.

Visit the website periodically for updates.


2017 Clinical Update in Geriatric Medicine

April 6 – 8, 2017

Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, Pittsburgh, PA

 

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24th Annual Clinical Update in Geriatric Medicine conference held at Pittsburgh Marriott City Center

Course Directors Shuja Hassan, MD, Judith Black, MD, MHA; Guest Faculty Daniel Blazer, MD, PhD; Course Director Neil Resnick, MD; and PAGS-WD President and HELP Course Co-Director Fred Rubin, MD.

Course Directors Shuja Hassan, MD, Judith Black, MD, MHA; Guest Faculty Daniel Blazer, MD, PhD;
Course Director Neil Resnick, MD; and PAGS-WD President and HELP Course Co-Director Fred Rubin, MD.

Over 350 geriatrics professionals from all disciplines, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, social workers, long-term care and managed care providers, and health care administrators participated in the 24th Annual Clinical Update in Geriatric Medicine conference held at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center Hotel April 7-9th.

 

Previously awarded the American Geriatrics Society Achievement Award for Excellence in a CME program, this conference continues to be a well-respected resource to educate healthcare professionals involved in the direct care of older persons by providing evidence-based solutions for common medical problems that afflict older adults on a daily basis and for which rapidly evolving research (much done here in Pittsburgh) is revealing new approaches that are feasible for the real world.

 

Under the leadership of course directors Drs. Shuja Hassan, Judith S. Black and Neil M. Resnick, the course is a premier educational event in the region, while attracting prominent international and national lecturers and nationally renowned local faculty.

Daniel Blazer, MD, PhD; Sharon Inouye, MD, MPH; Lewis Lipsitz, MD; Barbara J. Messinger-Rapport, MD, PhD, FACP, CMD; and Robert Palmer, MD, MPH, comprised this year’s exceptional guest faculty.

 

Nearly 40 state-of-the-art sessions taught by highly regarded clinician-educators and researchers were offered during the three-day event. Each lecture, symposium, and breakout session provided participants evidence-based “pearls for practice” designed to be immediately incorporated into the realities of daily practice.

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The conference is jointly sponsored by the Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division; UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Aging Institute; and University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences.

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Pittsburgh site of 14th Annual HELP Conference

2016 HELP conference Course Directors, Fred Rubin, MD and Sharon Inouye, MD, MPH with Miwako Honda, MD HELP attendee visiting from Japan.

2016 HELP conference Course Directors,
Fred Rubin, MD and Sharon Inouye, MD, MPH with
Miwako Honda, MD HELP attendee visiting from Japan.

The 14th annual National Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) conference was held in conjunction with the Clinical Update conference on April 7-8th. This two-day international conference educated HELP teams with strategies for delirium prevention, and insights to learn to use HELP as a way to improve hospital-wide care of the elderly, and creating a climate of change.

 

Expert clinicians and seasoned members of the HELP sites shared evidence-based information and their clinical insights on selected topics regarding the influence of HELP, delirium updates and the larger policy implications of care for the elderly. The conference attracted a record number of registrants (81) representing numerous states, including international participants from Canada, Germany and Japan.

 

Serving as course directors were Fred Rubin, MD; Chair, Department of Medicine, UPMC Shadyside; Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Sharon Inouye, MD, MPH, professor of medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School; Milton and Shirley F. Levy Family Chair; Director, Aging Brain Center, Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLife.

                                                                                                                                                                               

This innovative model program, designed by     Dr. Inouye, improves the hospital experience for older patients by helping them maintain their cognitive and functional abilities; maximizing independence at discharge; assisting with the transition to the home; and preventing unplanned readmission.

 

Through HELP, the hospital becomes a place where older patients can feel secure as they participate in their course of treatment and maintain some control over their own recuperation. Hospitals around the world have implemented the program, and HELP has received extensive coverage in medical journals and mainstream media.

 

For more information on HELP and delirium, or to learn how to become a HELP site, visit www.hospitalelderlifeprogram.org.

 

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Geriatrics Society Announces David C. Martin Medical Student and Geriatrics Teacher of the Year Award Recipients

The Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division is proud to announce the 2016 recipient of the David C. Martin Award: Ms. Rebecca Abay, a medical student attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Ms. Abay received an honorarium to defray the expenses of attending the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society conference, where her abstract, “Bone Microarchitecture is Preserved in Men With Prostate Cancer on Androgen Deprivation Therapy,” was selected for poster presentation.

The award was named after David C. Martin, MD, who established the first geriatrics fellowship in Pittsburgh, PA. The ultimate goal of this prestigious award is to encourage and prepare future physicians in the field of geriatric medicine.

Since its inception, the Society is proud to have awarded over $79,000 to area medical students interested in the field of geriatric medicine.

Recipient Betty Robison, MSN, RN-BC; President, Fred Rubin, MD; 2016 Geriatrics Teacher of the Year (Physician) Recipient Daniel DiCola, MD; and Awards Chair, Rollin Wright, MD, MS, MPH

Recipient Betty Robison, MSN, RN-BC; President,
Fred Rubin, MD; 2016 Geriatrics Teacher of the Year (Physician) Recipient Daniel DiCola, MD; and Awards Chair, Rollin Wright, MD, MS, MPH

The society also acknowledged geriatrics teachers with a special recognition for their dedication and commitment to geriatric education.  Daniel DiCola, MD, and Betty Robison, MSN, RN-BC, were recognized as the 2016 recipients of the Geriatrics Teacher of the Year Award (Physician and Healthcare Professional, respectively) prior to the dinner symposium at the 24th Annual Clinical Update in Geriatric medicine on April 7th.

 

Rollin Wright, MD, MS, MPH Awards Chair, instrumental in the award’s inception, provided remarks on the newly established award. She engaged the audience of over 80 attendees by highlighting the achievements and significant contributions

Dr. DiCola and Ms. Robison have made to the education and training of learners in geriatrics and presented each with a plaque.

 

Daniel DiCola, MD, is director of geriatrics education, Latrobe Area Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program; associate professor of family medicine, Jefferson Medical College/Sidney Kimmel Medical College; Medical Director, IHS Mountain View Nursing Home.

In his remarks, Dr. DiCola expressed gratitude to the planning committee and leadership of the organization for their ongoing commitment and involvement to provide quality education to healthcare professionals by offering the Clinical Update. He commented that course lectures provide excellent and invaluable information, and serve as a great resource in his work.
Betty Robison, MSN, RN-BC, Gerontology Educator, Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services, Adjunct Faculty Chatham University, was honored as the healthcare professional recipient. Ms. Robison also expressed a sincere thanks to the society for recognizing the role and contribution geriatrics education teachers play in training healthcare professionals.

 

Nominations for the 2017 Geriatrics Teacher of the Year award will be accepted in September 2016. Award eligibility, criteria, and details on the nomination process will be available on the society website in August.

Rollin Wright, MD, MS, MPH Awards Chair, presents plaque to Daniel DiCola, MD, Geriatrics Teacher of the Year (Physician) Recipient.

Rollin Wright, MD, MS, MPH Awards Chair, presents plaque to Daniel DiCola, MD, Geriatrics Teacher of the Year (Physician) Recipient.

Betty Robison, MSN RN-BC, Geriatrics Teacher of the Year (Healthcare Professional) Recipient receives plaque from Rollin Wright, MD, MS, MPH, Awards Chair.

Betty Robison, MSN RN-BC, Geriatrics Teacher of the Year (Healthcare Professional) Recipient receives plaque from Rollin Wright, MD, MS, MPH, Awards Chair.

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