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.