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4/12/2024

AGS Reaffirmation of Commitment to Just Healthcare System

This week, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) reaffirmed commitment to achieving a just healthcare system where the care a person receives is responsive to their individual needs and offered with cultural humility. Our statement follows recent federal and state efforts to eliminate diversity, equity, and inclusion policies in healthcare and medical education. Given the increasing diversity among older people and rapid growth of the older population, the healthcare workforce must both reflect and be better prepared to care for the populations that it serves. We will continue to oppose discriminatory policies—especially when they are perpetuated across the health span and lifespan—that can have a negative impact on public health for us all. Read our full statement here.

 

JAGS launches Diversity in Aging Research Series

This week, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) launched an ongoing Diversity in Research on Aging series that will examine diversity in research with regard to age, race, and ethnicity of research participants with an editorial by Rhodes, et. al., Diversity in Research on Aging: A New Series. The series editors are Ramona Rhodes, MD, MPH, MSCS, AGSF, Lenise Cummings-Vaughn, MD, and Gwen Yeo, PhD, AGSF.  The series is part of a broader AGS initiative that is focused on addressing structural racism. The series seeks to assess and improve representation in research, promote collaboration among investigators that will address underrepresented communities, and stimulate discussions on diversity's importance in healthcare research and clinical practice.

The first article in the series, "A scoping review of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic disparities in the outcomes of older adults with cancer highlights the insufficient research on health disparities among older cancer survivors, emphasizing the need for comprehensive studies addressing various factors like race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and disabilities. It calls for urgent action, including enhanced collaboration, policy reforms, and targeted interventions, to bridge this critical gap and promote equity in care for a diverse population of older adults living with cancer. The authors of this paper are Nikesha Gilmore, PhD, MS-CI, Shakira J. Grant, MBBS, MSCR, Traci N. Bethea, PhD, MPA, Melody K. Schiaffino, PhD, MPH, Heidi D. Klepin, MD, MS, William Dale, MD, PhD, Angela Hardi, MLIS, Jeanne Mandelblatt, MD, MPHSupriya Mohile, MD, MS.

Additional specialty-area papers in development include cardiology, emergency medicine, orthopedics, and urology; and two papers are in development on dementia and diabetes. The editors encourage and welcome ideas for additional submissions from researchers in other specialty and subspecialty fields or professional disciplines who wish to investigate diversity in research in their own domains. We encourage interested authors to contact Erin Obrusniak, eobrusniak@americangeriatrics.org to express your interest in contributing to this series.

Learn About AGS CoCare®: HELP at the AGS Virtual Pre-Conference on Tuesday, May 7th

The best opportunity to learn about AGS CoCare®: HELP is to attend the AGS CoCare®: HELP Virtual Pre-Conference on Tuesday, May 7th from 10am-3:30pm ET! Join us from anywhere - register today!

AGS CoCare®: HELP, formerly known as The Hospital Elder Life Program, is a well-studied, effective, and innovative model of hospital care designed to prevent both delirium and functional decline.

Pre-Conference session topics include:

  • AGS CoCare®: HELP Update & Future Directions
  • Delirium Screening: Reducing Confusion 
  • An AGS CoCare®: HELP Program in Action: Alleghany Health Network
  • The Human Experience of Eating, Drinking, and Feeding for a Patient
  • Showcasing the Impact of AGS CoCare®: HELP

Attendees will also have the opportunity to network & connect with one another through a facilitated discussion about where they are in their AGS CoCare®: HELP journey. 

Join us at the Pre-Conference to network, connect, and learn how your hospital can move toward implementing the delirium prevention program. For the full agenda, click here and for registration information, click here.

AGS Geriatrician Members: Complete your CY23 AGS/ADGAP Benchmarking Surveys

Last month, geriatrician members should have received an email invitation from AGS with instructions on how to participate in the Calendar Year 2023 (CY23) Benchmarking Core Survey along with practice site-specific modular surveys for those who practice in acute care, ambulatory, home care, and long-term care settings. Together, these surveys will allow us to anonymously aggregate geriatrician data on compensation, productivity, and practice characteristics across the numerous settings where geriatricians provide care.

Your participation is essential to building this rich new data asset that helps geriatrics academic programs and AGS members learn and convey their value. These surveys were constructed with input from your AGS member peers and are designed to be short (15-20 minutes), intuitive, and easy to complete. Once the surveys are complete, participating members will have immediate and unlimited access to aggregated market intelligence (i.e., benchmarking data). 

To review the data snapshot for CY 2022, visit the 2024 Q1 AGS Newsletter here.  You can also hear more about the survey at the Virtual ADGAP Fellowship Directors Preconference on May 8 (click here to register).

If you have any questions or if you did not receive the survey invitation, please contact Anna Kim at akim@americangeriatrics.org

Congratulations to the Newest Cohort of AGS Fellows

Fourteen leading health professionals who were awarded AGS Fellowship within the last year — a distinction that recognizes AGS members for their deep commitment to the AGS and to advancing high-quality, person-centered care for us all as we age — will be recognized at #AGS24 . These AGS fellows include:

  • Candice R. Coffey, MD, AGSF
  • Clifford F. Feiner, DO, AGSF
  • Ariel Green, MD, MPH, AGSF
  • Sherry Greenberg, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FGSA, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN, AGSF
  • Megan Huisingh-Scheetz, MD, AGSF
  • Ecler E. Jaqua, MD, AGSF
  • Esther Oh, MD, PhD, AGSF
  • Neela K. Patel, MD, MPH, AGSF
  • Lenny Powell, DO, MS, FACOFP, CMD, AGSF
  • Heather Schickedanz, MD, AGSF
  • Nancy Schoenborn, MD, MHS, AGSF
  • Cassandra Vonnes, NP, AGSF
  • Louise C. Walter, MD, AGSF
  • Sarah A. Wingfield, MD, AGSF

Click here to read the latest class's bios and to learn more about fellowship at the AGS.

Remembering Dr. L. Glen Mire

The AGS team was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. L. Glen Mire who, apart from serving as President of the Louisiana Geriatrics Society from 2005 to 2008, was a proud veteran, devoted husband and father, and dedicated medical practitioner. For information about Dr. Mire's funeral service, to send flowers, share memories, and access his obituary, click here

Register for #AGS24 by April 21st to Save!

Make the most of your #AGS24 Virtual Annual Meeting experience by registering early and saving money.  Register by April 21, 2024 - rates go up on April 22.

Early registration also gives you exclusive access to attend the following pre-annual meeting workshops happening before the meeting. Register for #AGS24 now and you will be able to attend:

Primary Care Falls PreventionTuesday, April 23, 2024, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm ET

Enhancing Educator Development in GeriatricsFriday, May 3, 2024, ET, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET

For more information about registration categories and fees for #AGS24, click here. Early registrants will receive an email with information on how they can participate in the workshops.

Register today for the 2024 AGS Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting

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.


The MyAGSOnline Events Calendar is a valuable resource to discover and register for upcoming events, webinars, and other opportunities. Some upcoming events we would like to highlight include:

 

Have an opportunity or event you'd like to see listed? Email the details to Jennifer Fisher at jfisher@americangeriatrics.org

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