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Date: 5/18/2018

Spotlight on #AGS19: Submit a Program Proposal and Apply to be a Reviewer

The Annual Meeting Program Committee is soliciting proposals for #AGS19, which is scheduled for May 2-4 in Portland, OR. Finalized program proposals are due on Fri., Jun. 29, at 11:59pm ET. This is a hard deadline. Submit your proposal here. 

You can also help shape #AGS19 by signing up to review proposal submissions. As a reviewer, you will be asked to review and provide feedback on approximately 20 proposals between Thurs., Jul. 5 and Mon., Jul. 23. You can select to review in the following categories: Clinical Practice; Ethnogeriatrics; Research; Education; Models of Care; Professional Development; and Public Policy. Apply to be a reviewer here.

Image of graffiti board and attendees in Orlando at AGS18


Congratulations to the #AGS18 State Affiliate Awardees

Congratulations to the AGS 2018 State Affiliate Achievement Award winners, the Oregon Geriatrics Society and the Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society (Western Division)! Both societies were recognized at #AGS18 for their outstanding achievements:

  • The Oregon Geriatrics Society (OGS) developed an Alliance Building Program, which raised brand awareness for OGS and AGS.The program achieved membership growth and conducted outreach to geriatrics-related organizations, programs and campaigns to educate and support providers.
  • The Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society Western Division (PAGSWD) continued growth of its educational programs. Pennsylvania developed the largest CME event in the region, along with a variety of other educational events including a scholarship program that allows members to attend their annual symposium for free.

State affiliates offer professional education, networking and advocacy at your local state level. Go to www.americangeriatrics.org/stateaffiliates to learn more.

Left Photo: Kathy Frank, RN, PhD, AGSF COSAR co-chair, with Neil Resnick, MD, AGSF & Fred Rubin, MD, AGSF (PAGSWD)
Right Photo: Kathy Frank, RN, PhD, AGSF, COSAR co-chair, with Mary Olhausen, OGS Executive Director & Lisa Miura, MD (OGS)


Congratulations to the #AGS18 Resident Poster Session Winners

With thanks to Travel Portland (our host for #AGS19), professional headshots and dance party photos taken at #AGS18 are available for download. Click here to access your pictures, sorted by date.

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At the Resident Poster Session during #AGS18, a group of volunteer judges rated poster presentations. We extend our congratulations to the following residents who presented top-rated posters in a number of categories:


Case Series/Case Studies

  • Hassaan Aftab, MD: "Paraneoplastic polymyositis and myasthenia gravis"
  • Megan Emmich, DO: "A Case of the Missing Pill"
  • William Johnstone, MD: "Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy: A Case Report and Implications for Clinical Management"
  • Natasha Lantz, MD: "A Downward Spiral: Dementia or Drugs?"
  • Songprod Lorgunpai, MD: "Cauda Equina Syndrome: A Rare Complication of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis"
  • Lara Magnabosco, MD: "Not Twice as Nice: A Rare Case of Dual Primary Malignancy"
  • Sravani Penumarty, MD: "Never Ending Cellulitis"
  • Grace Prince, MD: "Upsetting Dr. Beers: Why We Gave Lorazepam to a Geriatric Patient"
  • Rachna Rawal, MD: "A Stroke Misdiagnosed: A Case of Familial Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Revealed"
  • Shazia Samanani, MD: "A Stroke of Good Luck"
  • Meredith Stefanik, PharmD: "Apixaban in Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia (HIT)"
  • Rinad Tabbalat, MD: "A Rare Case of an Extramedullary Plasmacytoma in an Elderly Patient"
  • Shanojan Thiyagalingam, MD: "A Classic Presentation of An Uncommon Disease: Binswanger Disease" and "A Case of Severe HSV Gingivostomatitis in a Previously Immunocompetent Septic Shock Elderly Patient"

Clinical Innovation & Quality Improvement

  • Emily Bowen, MD: "Systematic Review of Patient Decision Aids for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain"
  • Kevin Hough, MD: "LECOM Senior Living Center Urinalysis Protocol Study using the new McGeer Criteria"
  • David Lee, MD, MBA: "Implementing Falls Screening for Older Adults in Resident Physician Continuity Clinic"
  • Casey Yamashita, MD: "Identifying and Addressing Primary Care Geriatric Needs Across the Los Angeles County Safety Net"

Geriatric Education

  • Megan Carr, PharmD: "Impact of a deprescribing curriculum on family medicine residents' knowledge of safe deprescribing"

Geriatric Medicine in Other Specialties

  • Jason Bowie, MD: "A Simple Objective Score to Predict In-Hospital Mortality in Acutely-Hospitalized Elderly Patients"
  • Kady Goldlist, MD: "Nutritional Risk and Post-Operative Outcomes in Elderly Surgical Patients"
  • Marissa Lombardo, MD: "Geriatric Conditions Are Common Among Older Adults Hospitalized for Heart Failure"
  • Hayley Neher, MD: "Geriatric Emergency Department Innovations: Impact on Patient Experience"

Geriatric Syndromes

Eshandeep Boparai, MD: "Honey as a Harbinger: High Mortality Rates Among Hospitalized Patients Prescribed Honey-Thickened Liquids"


Here's What's Trending on MyAGSOnline

Apply for the National Clinician Scholars Program

Growing out of four decades of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program, and in partnership with the VA Office of Academic Affiliations, the National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) is a two-year, interprofessional fellowship that trains physician and nurse change agents creating actionable evidence that can be used to inform and improve health and health care delivery throughout the United States and beyond. MDs and RNs with a doctoral degree (PhD or DNP) are eligible to apply. To apply online and learn more about the program, visit nationalcsp.org. The deadline to apply is Wed., Aug. 1.

New CDC Releases: Fall Death Rates & Calculating Medical Costs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released two new publications. "Deaths from Falls Among Persons Aged >65 Years -- United States, 2007-2016," published in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, shows that fall death rates are on the rise in the U.S., with an average increase of more than 30% in the last 10 years. "Estimating the Economic Burden Related to Older Adult Falls by State" appears in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, and offers states two methods to calculate and interpret their fall-related medical costs. These publications complement the CDC's March publication in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS), "The Medical Costs of Fatal and Nonfatal Falls in Older Adults," bringing attention to the preventability of falls and increasing fall-related deaths and costs to our healthcare system.

New Resources for Older Americans Month

This Older Americans Month, spread the word about how you can Engage at Every Age using these resources from the Administration for Community Living and downloading the report "A Profile of Older Americans: 2017" to view the latest statistics on older adults in America. Remember to join the conversation online at #OAM18!

Members & Geriatrics in the News

  • Stephen Kritchevsky, PhD, and colleagues at Wake Forest School of Medicine have recieved funding from the National Institute on Aging to coordinate a new NIA Research Centers Collaborative Network, aiming to bring together scientists focused on issues affecting older adults.
  • David Reuben, MD, AGSF, and colleagues at the UCLA Division of Geriatrics have recieved funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to research and compare dementia care delivered through a health system with care that occurs in a community-based setting.
  • Heather Sakely, PharmD, BCPS, has been awarded the Healthcare Professional Geriatrics Teacher of the Year Award by the Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society (Western Division).

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