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March 2016 Newsletter

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Newsletter: March 2016

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, please take advantage of these useful materials related to cancer screening. Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer.

ePrognosis: Cancer Screening decision support app

This free Cancer Screening app helps trainees and practicing clinicians guide conversations with elderly patients of whether to start, stop, or continue breast cancer and/or colorectal cancer screening. The app is created around the idea that estimating prognosis is a critical aspect in the decision to recommend for or against cancer screening, as there is a long 'lag-time to benefit' for these interventions.

Self-Directed Learning Assignment on Cancer Screening in Older Patients

This material will teach about the guideline recommendations of cancer screenings for colon, breast and cervical cancer. It will provide guidance whether or not to recommend cancer screenings in older patients, how to estimate an older patient’s life expectancy, and how to incorporate a patient’s preference and goals of care into their care plan.


Web-Gems are an interactive way to further develop your understanding of the role of geriatric medicine in your specialty. Based on AAMC Geriatric Competencies case modules can be easily integrated into clinical trainings in a range of specialties from Neuroscience to Emergency Medicine.

Check here for other web-GEMS

If you are a faculty member looking to shake up your course assignments, make sure to request access to be able to create web-Gem assignments for your students.

Recent Postings

Bibliographies posted by Council on Social Work Education Gero-Ed Center

Geriatric Care Management

Latino Elders

Native American Elders


African American Elders

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Asian American Elders

FD~AGE Mini-Fellowships

The FD~AGE Physician Mini-Fellowships in Geriatrics are intensive courses for non-geriatricians seeking training in geriatrics education and curriculum development. For more information contact the representatives below.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Contact: Karen Sauvigné

Johns Hopkins University
Contact: Laura Gibson

UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Mini-Fellowship Program
Contact: Christy Ann Lau

Duke University School of Medicine
Mini-Fellowship Program
Contact: Michele Burgess


Annual Meetings

Association for Education and Ageing International Conference
April 5-7, 2016
Milton Keynes, UK

Disease Drivers of Aging: 2016 Advances in Geroscience Summit
April 13-14, 2016
New York, NY

Canadian Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting
April 14-16, 2016
Vancouver, BC

NICHE Conference
April 17-20, 2016
Chicago, IL

International Federation on Ageing 2016 Summit
April 17-19, 2016
Copenhagen, DK

31st International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI 2016)
April 21-24, 2016
Budapest, HU

31st British Geriatrics Society Spring Meeting 2016
May 11-13, 2016
Liverpool, UK

American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting
May 19-21 2016
Long Beach, CA

If you know of a national or international meeting in geriatrics or gerontology that isn't listed here, let us know at

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