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March 2017

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Newsletter: March 2017

Update From 2016 Reynolds Foundation Grantee Annual Meeting

POGOe lives on!

Following the October Reynolds meeting we received a number of questions regarding POGOe and web-GEMs. So we want to make clear the future of both.

POGOe site

Starting in mid-2017, the POGOe website will be hosted and maintained by the AGS and materials will continue to be available for free for the foreseeable future. Changes on POGOe are currently in the works to improve navigation and enhance the user experience, but you will still be able to enjoy access to the POGOe educational material that you know and love. We will be eliminating the registration and log-in process for users, therefore also eliminating the restricted access portions of the site. Several learner assessment materials will be moved to the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs (ADGAP) Assessment Toolbox on and will be available only to ADGAP members. For more information please reach out to Elisha Medina-Gallagher


Web- GEMs geriatrics teaching modules will continue to be hosted and available for access through POGOe until July, 2017. Starting in July 2017, the web-GEMS modules will be moved to Med-U. If your institution created web-GEMs assignments before September 2016, you will be “grandfathered” into web-GEMs on Med-U and will have free access to web-GEMs through June, 2018. If your institution was not grandfathered in, Med-U will begin to charge a fee to use web-GEMs commencing in July 2017. More information on that pricing will be available soon. In the meanwhile, if you have any questions about this transition please reach out to Elvy Ickowicz.

Plenary slides, meeting agenda, virtual goodybag from the 2016 Reynolds Meeting can be accessed here.

New Material Spotlight from University of Arizona College of Medicine

Elder Care A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Parkinson's Disease

Elder Care A Resource of Interprofessional Providers: Statin Therapy for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in Older Adults


March is Sleep Awareness Month

Helpful Tips on Chronic Insomnia (“Insomnia Disorder”) in Older Adults from Gregory A. Hinrichsen, Ph.D.

  • Assess for presence of sleep disorders (30% of older adults have insomnia disorder
  • If sleep disorder other than insomnia disorder is likely (e.g., obstructive sleep apnea) consider referral to sleep lab
  • Sleep medications can be useful in the short-term treatment of insomnia disorder but have many long-term downsides in older adults (e.g., increased risk for falls)
  • Where available, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is preferred treatment for insomnia and has been found to be highly effective in both younger and older adults

For more information on CBT for Chronic Insomnia
Annals of Internal Medicine

POGOe Products on Sleep

Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Sleep in Older Adults
University of Arizona College of Medicine

Elder Care - A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Sleep in Older Adults - Pharmacotherapy
University of Arizona College of Medicine

Sleep Disorders in the Elderly
University of Nebraska College of Medicine

CME Opportunities

Geriatric Oncology: Educating Nurses to Improve Quality Care
July 17-19, 2017
Pasadena, CA

The American Geriatrics Society Courses + Conferences

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
September 12- 15, 2017
New York, NY
Any questions, please contact course administration


FD~AGE Mini-Fellowships

Mini-Fellowships in Geriatrics, Medical Education, and Quality Improvement

These 3-day sessions give your faculty a unique opportunity to learn from expert Geriatrics faculty about best practices in geriatrics, medical education and quality improvement. Proven CME faculty development program is customized for each campus and intended to ‘Geriatricize’ non-Geriatrician faculty. Mount Sinai’s Geriatrics experts help develop a cadre of attending faculty to become more effective educators who can teach geriatric care, assess trainee competence, and engage together in QI to improve patient safety. For more information and prices contact the representatives below.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Contact: Karen Sauvigné


Annual Meetings

AGS 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting
May 18-20, 2017
San Antonio, TX

Spring Biannual Symposium
May 19, 2017
Seol, Korea

The British Society of Gerontology 46th Annual Conference
July 5-7, 2017
Swansea, UK

Geriatric Oncology: Educating Nurses to Improve Quality Care
July 17-19, 2017
Pasadena, CA

21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics
July 23-27, 2017
San Francisco, CA

36th Annual GAPNA Conference
July 23-27, 2017
Nashville, TN

13th International Congress of the EUGMS
September 20-22, 2017
Nice, FR

37th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Canadian Geriatrics Society
November 4-5, 2017
Toronto, CA

2017 SIOG Annual Conference
November 9-11, 2017
Warsaw, PL

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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POGOe is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.