GSI at #AGS21

Educational Sessions and Networking Events

The AGS Annual Scientific Meeting offers a breadth of opportunities for specialists including educational sessions and opportunities to share and learn from the latest research. 

  • GSI Scientific Sessions
    Hosted by the GSI Medical and Surgical Specialty section, these educational sessions are designed to exchange information among specialists and geriatricians, disseminate new information, and foster favorable attitudes towards the care of older persons. Access prior presentations on GeriatricsCareOnline and a list of prior sessions here.
  • Medical and Surgical Specialty Section (MSSS) Breakfast (schedule coming soon)
    The MSSS Breakfast is an educational and networking session for all specialists interested in the care of older adults. This breakfast is an opportunity for medical and surgical subspecialists toshare updates on activities and career development opportunities within their disciplines,  showcasing opportunities for specialists to advance a geriatrics agenda within their specialty societies and their institutions. 
  • Junior Faculty Research Career Development SIG 
    The Junior Faculty Research Career Development Special Interest Group is for junior faculty members and research fellows pursuing a career in aging-related research. This SIG is a great opportunity to network with other early career researchers and become involved with AGS.
  • Clin-STAR (Clinician-Scientists Transdisciplinary Aging Research) Paper Session
    The Clin-STAR Paper Session is an opportunity to highlight research from surgical and medical specialists, as well as to provide an opportunity for prior scholars to get to know other interested participants.          


Rising Stars in Aging Research Program and Workshop

The goal of the ‘Rising Star Program’, sponsored by the AGS through the American Foundation for Aging Research (AFAR) Clinician-Scientists Transdisciplinary Aging Research (Clin-STAR) Coordinating Center and the National Institute on Aging (NIA), is to provide mentoring and career development resources to early career clinician investigators in medical and surgical specialties who wish to focus their research in aging and/or geriatrics to improve competitiveness for future funding. The program provides a senior and peer mentoring to participants and travel support to attend the AGS Annual Meeting.

  • Rising Star Mentoring and Peer Mentoring Program
    Successful Rising Star applicants will have the opportunity to participate in a webinar focusing on grant writing tips and grant resubmissions with NIA Program Officers, and receive one-on-one mentoring with a senior aging research mentor from geriatrics or another specialty, and connect with a current GEMSSTAR scholar for peer mentoring. 
  • AGS/AFAR Clin-STAR Mentoring and Grantsmanship Workshop 
    The AGS/AFAR Clin-STAR Mentoring and Grantsmanship Workshop will be held on the final day of the 2021 AGS Annual Meeting and be geared towards Rising Stars, current, former, and future GEMSSTARs, and junior investigators from all disciplines.  
  • Visiting Specialty Professor (VSP) Program 
    AGS will collaborate with the AFAR Clin-STAR CC Leadership Core to select one senior investigator from a medical or surgical specialty or other discipline to attend the 2021 AGS Annual Meeting. The VSP program will include a GSI/Clin-STAR Lecture on a cross-cutting topic; and a poster walking tour lead by the VSP that will highlight cross-cutting research as it applies to various specialty fields. 


Travel Awards for Specialists

The GSI continues to celebrate leadership and cutting-edge geriatrics expertise across healthcare thanks to two awards that support emerging investigators focused on the care of older adults. To apply for either of these awards, please visit the AGS Awards Page.

Jeffrey H. Silverstein Memorial Award for Emerging Investigators in the Surgical and Related Medical Specialties 

The Jeffrey H. Silverstein Memorial Award for Emerging Investigators in the Surgical and Related Medical Specialties honors the late Jeffrey Silverstein, MD, for his dedication to improving the care of older adults as exemplified by his longstanding work with the GSI and within geriatrics anesthesiology.  The Silverstein Award recognizes emerging investigators in the surgical and related medical specialties, providing $2,000 to offset travel expenses for presenting important scholarship at the AGS Annual Scientific Meeting.

Since our financial needs are met for supporting the Silverstein Award, please consider adding your support to the field by contributing to the AGS Health in Aging Foundation Rising Stars, Public Education, or Hurria Award funds, which support important work powered by our Silverstein Awardees and other leaders in the field.  Learn more here.

Current and Prior Awardees

  • 2020 - Kavita Dharmarajan, MD, MSc, Oncology
  • 2020 - Nazema Siddiqui, MD, MHSc, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • 2019 - Courtney Balentine, MD, Surgery-Endo
  • 2019 - Candace Parker-Autry, MD, Uro-Gynocology
  • 2018 -Tony Rosen, MD, Emergency Medicine
  • 2017 - Anne Suskind, MD, Urology

Arti Hurria Memorial Award for Emerging Investigators in Internal Medicine who are Focused on the Care of Older Adults

Arti Hurria, MD, was a trailblazing geriatric oncologist and the principal investigator for the GSI’s Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists' Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) research conference (or “U13”) grant from the National Institutes of Health. Sadly, Dr. Hurria was killed in a car accident in 2018, but her legacy lives on for all those who continue to push her work forward—including our Hurria Memorial Awardee. The Journal of Geriatric Oncology released a special issue honoring Dr. Hurria, including an editorial from AGS CEO Nancy Lundebjerg, MPA, outlining Arti’s example for what makes a good leader. The special issue and all articles are available here.

The Hurria Memorial Award recognizes emerging investigators in general and specialty internal medicine.  Each award provides $2,000 to offset travel expenses for presenting important scholarship at the AGS Annual Scientific Meeting.

Current and Prior Awardees

  • 2020 - Rasheeda Hall, MD, Nephrology
  • 2020 - Kah Poh (Melissa) Loh, MBBCh, BAO, Hematology and Oncology
  • 2019 - Lauren Ferrante, MD, Pulmonary and Critical Care

To donate to these or other awards, please click here.