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Register for the November 30th Webinar: "Racial Bias in 2020: Raising Awareness and Positive Action"
The AGS Ethics Committee is leading a webinar on Mon., Nov. 30, 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET that will feature a panel of AGS members discussing how geriatrics health professionals can (a) understand implicit and structural racism and (b) work to overcome the barriers that these create, in order to build partnerships with patients from different cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. Please register here.
This webinar is the first in a series that will explore the difficult yet critically important areas of bias and discrimination, with the aim of providing tools for creating a just, equitable, and inclusive healthcare environment. The series is being offered as a part of the AGS intersection of Structural Racism and Ageism Initiative described above.
Jennifer Muniak, MD
University of Rochester
Aruna Josyula, MD, MPH
Mercy Health Muskegon, Michigan
Annette Medina-Walpole, MD, AGSF
University of Rochester
Ramona Rhodes, MD, MPH, MSCS, AGSF
Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
AGS Ethics Committee Chair
Michi Yukawa, MD, MPH, AGSF
San Francisco VA Medical Center
Ella Bowman, MD, PhD, AGSF, FAAHPM, FACP
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Anthony Caprio, MD, CMD, AGSF
Carolinas Health Care System - Atrium Health
Margie Shaw, JD, PhD
University of Rochester
Dulce Cruz-Oliver, MD, AGSF
Johns Hopkins University
New Health in Aging Blog Post: "Critical Support: Nursing Homes Need Our Action NOW"
This week, the Health in Aging blog features a new editorial about the workforce crisis in nursing homes, co-authored by AGS members Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, and two of their distinguished colleagues. "Critical Support: Nursing Homes Need Our Action NOW" proposes a state-based initiative that would test a new financial and care delivery model in a small number of nursing homes over the next three years.
"The COVID experience has shown us that nursing homes lack infrastructure, were poorly prepared, and poorly staffed, and that preventative care was almost non-existent in many communities," the authors note. "We can change that, and we’re optimistic that the COVID-19 crisis will help us reframe care of older adults in a way in which we anticipate and prepare for the next crisis."
This Week in Advocacy & Public Policy
CMS Provides Guidance for Nursing Home this Holiday Season. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) released an alert for this holiday season that includes recommendations should a resident choose to leave the nursing home temporarily for the holidays or other outings. In addition, CMS recommends continued adherence to established guidance provided in September for how residents can safely receive visitors in the nursing home and infection prevention.
Apply for the AGS Choosing Wisely Award
The Choosing Wisely Champions program celebrates the clinicians and teams who work every day to implement the Choosing Wisely recommendations into their practice and lead their localized Choosing Wisely efforts. Does this sound like you or someone you know? Submit a nomination for the AGS Choosing Wisely award! You can also learn more about the AGS Choosing Wisely campaign and access the Choosing Wisely lists here.
Apply for AGS Committee Service
AGS leadership starts with you! Committee members are offered a wide range of opportunities to lead and serve on subcommittee and committee projects that help advance the field of geriatrics and provide better care for us all as we age. Apply today to be considered for committee membership, with service starting in Spring 2021.
Geriatrics Milestones Available for Comments: Deadline December 13
We invite you to review the new draft of the Geriatrics Milestones, now available for public comment via this survey. Milestones reporting data, along with your other survey results and comments, guided edits in this latest version of a framework for the evaluation of geriatric fellow performance. The work group has also created a Supplemental Guide to enhance understanding of the Milestones. The ACGME recommends you review the Supplemental Guide while reviewing the Milestones.
Each of the Milestones have four questions in which reviewers can select their level of agreement with the statements provided:
- This Milestone set represents a realistic progression of knowledge, skills, and behaviors.
- This Milestone set discriminates between meaningful levels of competency.
- I know how to assess this Milestone set effectively.
- The Supplemental Guide was a useful resource in understanding this Milestone set.
Responses must be submitted no later than December 13, 2020.
UCSD & West Health Offer Geriatrics Quality Improvement Science Fellowship
Do you know any geriatrics fellows who are interested in quality improvement?
UC San Diego has partnered with West Health Institute to offer a one-year Geriatrics Quality Improvement Science Fellowship to graduated geriatrics fellows. The mission of the fellowship is to develop national leaders in quality improvement and implementation science who apply geriatrics expertise to improve healthcare delivery for older adults.
The application submission deadline is Tues., Dec. 15, 2020 for the 2021-2022 fellowship year, and a link to the application can be found here. Please contact the fellowship co-director, Lindsey Yourman, MD, directly with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support the Health in Aging Foundation with AmazonSmile this Holiday Season
When you shop for the holidays via AmazonSmile, you can help support the AGS Health in Aging Foundation at no additional cost! Log into your account with AmazonSmile and choose to support the Health in Aging Foundation when you place your order.
Don't Forget to Receive this Month's Discounts on GeriatricsCareOnline.org
During November, get 25% off:
- All formats of Geriatrics at Your Fingertips (including the mobile app)
- The iGeriatrics mobile app, a resource combining several AGS clinical tools into one
- The Geriatrics Evaluation and Management Tools (GEMS) digital resource and mobile app
- Geriatric Care by Design, a resource to help you with office design strategies that optimize care settings for geriatrics
Discounts are automatically applied in your cart. This sale ends on Mon., Nov. 30. Get your resources from GeriatricsCareOnline.org today!