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Geriatrics Newsletter

September 28, 2022

Letter from Section Chief Terri Fried, MD

Welcome to the first newsletter from the Yale Section of Geriatrics. It is difficult to believe that I became section chief a little more than one year ago, and it seemed like a good time to review the activities and accomplishments of the section over the past year. I want to acknowledge the Humana Foundation for their support. I was given the honor of inheriting the Humana Foundation Professorship after Dr. Leo Cooney’s retirement.

The section continues its important work of implementing the Geriatric 4 M’s (Medication, Mentation, Mobility, and Matters Most) in clinical care, education, and research. You can read more about these efforts in the Department of Internal Medicine’s annual report below. I also want to highlight some other activities from the past year:

After the long hiatus imposed by COVID, we were able to gather for work and play. We held a picnic at the beach last fall, a graduation for our fellows in the spring, and a career development retreat, supported by the Yale Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, welcoming over 40 early-stage investigators with an interest in aging research.

We said goodbye to three of our geriatric fellows who are off to provide their expertise in a variety of clinical settings. Our fourth fellow, Jessica Zuo, is staying for a second year of fellowship focused on clinical education. We then welcomed our four new clinical geriatric fellows, who you can read about below.

The section held a series of meetings focused on strategic planning and decided on three new initiatives to pursue over the coming years: 1) Establishing a center for aging with intellectual disability; 2) Establishing a center for decision making in multi-morbidity; 3) Expanding population data to include functional measures. You can read the report here.

I hope you enjoy reading about the accomplishments of our faculty and highlights of their work below.

I would like to hear your news as well. My email address is below. You can follow news about the section on the Internal Medicine Department Twitter page @YaleIMed.

Terri Fried, MD
Humana Foundation Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics); Section Chief, Geriatric Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

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