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JAGS Updates Author Guidelines to Include Guidance on Terminology to Use When Discussing Age, Race and Ethnicity

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) have developed specific guidance for terminology to use when reporting on age, race, and ethnicity.  This guidance is one of the actions that AGS and JAGS are taking to ensure that the Society and Journal are integrating attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion across AGS programs and publications. The AGS/JAGS guidance draws upon multiple style guides3 as well as the expertise of members of the JAGS Editorial Board. It will be rolled out across AGS publications and products in the coming months. Click here to access the new guidance.  Recognizing that this terminology is evolving, AGS invites members to submit suggestions for improvement to info@americangeriatrics.org. As a part of this effort, AGS and JAGS also updated author guidance on how to report diversity of study populations.

Spotlight on #AGS23: Annual AGS Members' Business Meeting

The Annual AGS Members' Business Meeting will take place Thursday, May 4th from 7:30 – 8:00 AM in the Grand Ballroom of the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center in Long Beach, CA. The business meeting is open to all AGS members. Agenda items will include review and approval of the AGS Secretary's minutes from the 2022 Annual Members Business Meeting, the Treasurer's Report, announcement of the results of the AGS Board of Directors Election, recognition of outgoing Board members and new Fellows of the Society, and remarks from the incoming AGS President. If you have any new business that you would like to be included in the Members' Business Meeting, please contact Denise McAlpin at dmcalpin@americangeriatrics.org.

This Week in Public Policy & Advocacy


AGS Comments on Committee Request Around Workforce Shortages

This week, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) submitted recommendations in response to a request from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee to address the healthcare workforce crisis. In our letter, the AGS offered our support and feedback as the committee looks to identify bipartisan solutions to remedy our nation’s health care workforce shortages. We asked the committee to consider several potential solutions including restoring the primary care bonus payment indefinitely, creating or increasing loan forgiveness opportunities for those entering geriatrics, geriatrics curricula requirements for the graduate medical education (GME) program, and improvements such as access to permanent telehealth services made to the Medicare program.


AGS Submits Written Testimony for Key Workforce and Aging Research Programs in FY 2024
This week, the AGS submitted a written testimony for the record to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies requesting increased funding in Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 for the geriatrics education and training programs, the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) and Geriatrics Academic Career Award (GACA) Program, and aging research within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The AGS continues our advocacy in support of these initiatives, emphasizing the increasing need for training in geriatrics and gerontology and fostering groundbreaking medical research on aging.


Submit FY 2024 Applications for Additional Residency Positions by March 31
As a part of the implementation of Section 126 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is accepting applications for no more than 200 Medicare-funded residency slots through March 31, 2023. The application for additional slots can be found here. Learn about the application submission process here and in the FAQs on Section 126.

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Support Resident Research in Geriatrics: Sign Up To Be A Volunteer Poster Judge at AGS23!

It’s that time of year again where we recruit judges for the Residents Poster Competition being held during Poster Session D at the AGS Annual Meeting in Long Beach!  


If you are registered for #AGS23 and you'd like to be a judge, you can expect an assignment of about 4-5 posters during the poster session (Fri. May 5, 2:45-3:45PM). As in the past, judges will be paired in groups and will be able to ask residents follow-up questions about their presentations to help with scoring. If you'd like to be a poster judge for #AGS23, please fill out this Google form. Sign-ups will be open until April 19th


Fellows-in-Training are welcome to participate as well. Please feel free to forward this request along to other colleagues that may be interested. 


We're so grateful to our volunteers who make this session possible! 


"Ask GeriPal Anything" Webinar for AGS Trainees April 4 at 6:00PM ET

Have you ever wanted to pick the brains of experienced geriatrics healthcare professionals who also happen to produce a successful geriatrics and palliative care podcast?? Now's your chance!


Join us April 4 at 6:00PM ET for an Ask Me Anything webinar with GeriPal podcast hosts Alex Smith, MD and Eric Widera, MD. Don't miss out on this opportunity to gain insights and knowledge on geriatrics and palliative care from the experts! Click here to register.


We’re thankful to the AGS Residents Activities Subcommittee for coordinating this roundtable

Remembering Thomas Jackson, MD, AGSF

We are sad to report that Thomas Jackson, MD, AGSF has died. “Tom provided extraordinary service to the AGS,” commented AGS CEO Nancy Lundebjerg. “He served as the Chair of our Professional Education Executive Committee (PEEC) and his insights were instrumental in moving AGS from probationary status to accreditation with commendation. A master storyteller, Tom was passionate about everything he did. He loved sharing his passion with others which is how the staff ended up on a pre-annual meeting with him in 2004 to learn how to shoot skeet.”  The AGS is grateful for Tom’s 20+ years of service to the Society and also that his path led him to Geriatric Medicine.  Here is a link to Tom’s obituary for details about services and how to honor his memory.
We will be honoring Tom and other AGS members who died in 2023 at the upcoming AGS Annual Scientific meeting.  If you know of an AGS member who has recently passed away, please let us know via this form so we can honor their memory.

AGS Members on the Move


We're #AGSProud to share the following accomplishments of our members: 

  • Louise Aronson, MD, MFA was recently announced as the Aging Life Care Association® 2023 2023 Distinguished Ambassador in Aging. 
  • Rosemary Larid, MD, MHSA, AGSF was appointed to the Florida State Alzheimer's Disease Advisory Committee by Governor DeSantis. 
  • Lisa Miura BSN, MD was elected as COSAR Co-Chair this past fall. She will be assuming her role in May alongside returning Co-Chair Neil Resnick. 


New Opportunities for Investigators & to the MyAGSOnline Calendar

The AGS  Opportunities for Investigators resource serves as a central location for geriatrics and aging-related opportunities such as grant funding, presentation or publication submissions, travel stipends for scholarly meetings, networking events, comment periods, and in-person or virtual meetings and webinars. Some upcoming opportunities we'd like to highlight include:

  • The Clinician-Scientists Transdisciplinary Aging Research (Clin-STAR) Coordinating Center is seeking to fund pilot or planning grants that aim to stimulate new collaborations focused on the development of clinical aging research projects. Letters of Intent are due May 18.
  • Registration is now open for the Office of Dietary Supplement’s 2023 Mary Frances Picciano Dietary Supplement Research Practicum. This practicum is free to attend and will be taking place virtually May 22-24, 2023. 

The  MyAGSOnline Events Calendar is a valuable resource to discover and register for upcoming events, webinars, and other opportunities. We'd like to highlight the following upcoming event: 

  • Clin-STAR and the OAIC Pepper Center are hosting a webinarNavigating your Academic Promotion and Career Path: Process, Package and Passion on April 14 at 12:30PM ET. 

Have an opportunity or event you'd like to see listed? Email the details to Brooke McPherson at bmcpherson@americangeriatrics.org