More than 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 25th Annual Clinical Update in Geriatric Medicine conference held at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center Hotel April 6-9. The course attracted registrants from numerous states, including California, North Carolina, New York and Washington.
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 daily and for which rapidly evolving research (much done in Pittsburgh) is revealing new approaches that are feasible for the real world.
Under the leadership of course directors Shuja Hassan, MD, Judith S. Black, MD, MHA, and Neil M. Resnick, MD, the course is a premier educational event in the region, while attracting prominent international and national lecturers and nationally renowned local faculty. Sharon Inouye, MD, MPH; Becky Brott Powers, MD; Deborah W. Robin, MD, MHCM; Stephanie Studenski, MD, MPH; and Michael Yao, MD, CMD, 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 offered participants evidence-based “pearls for practice” designed to be immediately incorporated into the realities of daily practice.
Theresa Brown, BSN, RN, clinical nurse and author of the New York Times bestselling book, “The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives” served as guest speaker for the dinner symposium. Ms. Brown presented “Only Connect: The Commingling of Care and Story at the End of Life,”, to an audience of more than 100 guests.
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.