POLST UPDATE – Legislation announced April 18

Plans for POLST legislation were announced on April 18, 2017.    The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) has prepared “How POLST Helps Physicians, Patients with End-Of-Life Care Decision,” and can be viewed by clicking on the link below:



To watch the news conference of Sen Yaw and Rep Cutler introducing the Legislation to Represent Patients’ Wished for End-of-Life Care, click below to go to Senator Yaw’s website.

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25th Annual Clinical Update in Geriatric Medicine conference held at Pittsburgh Marriott City Center

Course Director Neil Resnick, MD; Dinner Symposium Speaker Theresa Brown, BSN, RN; President and HELP Course
Co-Director Fred Rubin, MD;
Course Directors Shuja Hassan, MD and
Judith Black, MD, MHA

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’ Livesserved 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.

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Pittsburgh site of 15h Annual HELP Conference

2017 HELP conference Course Directors,
Fred Rubin, MD and Sharon Inouye, MD, MPH

The 15th annual National Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) conference was held in conjunction with the Clinical Update conference  April 6-8. This two-day international conference educated HELP teams with strategies for delirium prevention, and insights to learn to use HELP 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 registrants representing numerous states, including international participants from Canada and Thailand.

Serving as course directors were Fred Rubin, MD, Chair, Department of Medicine, UPMC Shadyside; professor of medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA; 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, Boston, Mass. and Sarah Dowal, LICSW, MPH, project director I, Aging Brain Center, Hebrew SeniorLife, Institute for Aging Research, Boston, Mass.

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 Recognizes David C. Martin Award and Geriatrics Teacher of the Year Award Recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Vincent M. Balestrino, MD; President, Fred Rubin, MD; Awards Chair Rollin Wright, MD, MS, MPH; Physician Award Recipient Debra K. Weiner, MD, FACP; Healthcare Professional Award Recipient Pamela E. Toto, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOT; and Secretary/Treasurer, Judith S. Black, MD, MHA

The Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division announced the 2017 recipient of the David C. Martin Award, Ms. Rebecca Abay, a third-year medical student attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Ms. Abay received an honorarium to defray the expenses of attending the 2017 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 the Presidential Poster presentation. Abstracts receiving the highest scores through the peer review process are included in the Presidential Poster Session.

The award was named after David C. Martin, MD, who established the first geriatrics fellowship in Pittsburgh. The 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 more than $80,000 to area medical students interested in the field of geriatric medicine.

The 2017 Geriatrics Teacher of the Year Award presentation was held prior to the dinner symposium of the 25th Annual Clinical in Geriatric Medicine.   Debra K. Weiner, MD, FACP; Pamela E. Toto, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA; and Vincent M. Balestrino, MD, were honored with a special recognition for their dedication and commitment to geriatrics education.

Rollin Wright, MD, MS, MPH, awards chair, and Fred Rubin, MD, president, shared the podium to highlight the achievements and significant contributions each awardee has made to the education and training of learners in geriatrics and to the progress of geriatrics across the health professions. More than 100 attendees were on hand for the plaque presentation.

Dr. Weiner and Dr. Toto received the Physician and Healthcare Professional Award, respectively, and Dr. Balestrino was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

A call for nominations for the 2018 Geriatrics Teacher of the Year award will begin in September 2017. Award eligibility, criteria  and details on the nomination process will be available on the society website in August (www.pagswd.org).

Rollin Wright, MD, MS, MPH Awards Chair, presents plaque to Debra K. Weiner, MD, FACP (Physician Award)



Rollin Wright, MD, MS, MPH Awards Chair, presents plaque to Pamela E. Toto, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA (Healthcare Professional Award)

Fred Rubin, MD, PAGS-WD President presents to Vincent M. Balestrino, MD (Lifetime Achievement Award)

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