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POGOe November 2013 Newsletter

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Monthly Newsletter: November 2013

Product of the Year

The 13th annual Donald W. Reynolds Foundation grantees’ meeting in Coronado, CA last month was a great success. There were many valuable speakers and presentations, as well as educational materials showcased during the Marketplaces.

Each year, the participants vote for the best POGOe Educational Material. This year’s winner is ePrognosis: Cancer Screening, a decision support application compatible with the iPhone, iPad, or iTouch. Congratulations to the University of California, San Francisco and Harvard Medical School on their collaboration to create this amazing tool. The app assesses patient age, gender, BMI, symptoms, and functional impairment to calculate a mortality risk to help determine whether screening is more likely to help or harm a patient. Download the free app here. To teach your students how to use ePrognosis consider the web-GEM highlighted below, Prognosis and Screening, which features ePrognosis.

Honorable Mention

First Think Delirium! (An effective way to teach residents and fellows about delirium) from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Three twenty-minute standardized patient encounters designed to teach the Confusion Assessment Method and the diagnosis, evaluation, and management of delirium.

It's My Old Back, Again: An Approach to Diagnosing and Managing Back Pain in the Older Adult. from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

This self-directed, web-based, interactive module addresses the evaluation and management of back pain in older adults. It is designed for anyone who provides care (out-patient and in-patient) for older adults with back pain.


web-GEM Highlight

In conjunction with the ePrognosis Cancer Screening app we are highlighting Prognosis and Screening (the Case of Mr. & Mrs. Walters). As is true for all of our web-GEMs, this interactive case-based module is based on the AAMC Geriatric Competencies, is peer-reviewed, and has full answer explanations for each question.

In this case, students are taught about basic principles of prognostication and screening including but not limited to:

  • Estimation of life expectancy utilizing life tables, current functional status, and other models
  • Limitations of estimating prognosis
  • Cancer screening resources and guidelines (and why they may differ from one organization to another)
  • Principles of screening (including disease-level, test-level, and patient-level factors one must consider)
  • Lead-time bias, length-time bias, and overdiagnosis bias

Assign to your students or challenge yourself.

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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. The course is free of charge to participants who are not from Reynolds-sponsored schools. CME credit is awarded.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Mini-Fellowship Program
March 10-14, 2014
Contact: Thekla Manoloudis

Johns Hopkins University
Mini-Fellowship Program
Contact: Laura Gibson
(410-550-3268 or

UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Mini-Fellowship Program
February 5-7 & May 21-23, 2014
Contact: Christy Ann Lau

Duke University School of Medicine
Mini-Fellowship Program
February 10-14 & April 7-11 & June 2-6, 2014
Contact: Michele Burgess


Annual Meetings

40th Annual Meeting & Educational Leadership Conference - Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
February 27 - March 2, 2014
Denver, CO

Aging in America Conference - American Society on Aging
March 11 - 15, 2014
San Diego, CA

Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA)
March 12 - 15, 2014
San Diego, CA

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
March 14 - 17, 2014
Orlando, FL

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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