The Division of General, Geriatric, Palliative, and Hospital Medicine is the largest Division in the DOM with 82 faculty and staff working together to provide excellence in patient care, medical education, and research.
As highlighted in this newsletter, Faculty and Staff are highly active and engaged in a wide variety of activities that benefit our patients, students, and particularly vulnerable populations. With COVID challenges laying bare the inequities facing various populations, I am proud that many of our programs focus on addressing such inequities in health access in our local communities and beyond.
Highlighted in this issue are articles on clinical programs such as the GERIPAL program utilizing Telehealth to address COVID management at area nursing facilities led by Dr. Archbald-Pannone, a new multidisciplinary program for inpatient Hospice conversions for patients at the end of life too unstable to transfer home led by Dr. Blackhall and Jonathon Bartels, and a new hepatitis C screening and treatment program implemented at our University Physician’s Orange Practice led by Dr. Cavanaugh.
On the educational front, we highlight the Patient Student Partnership program pairing all medical students with their own patient from the beginning of medical school, which helps patients connect and helps students develop their professional identity led by Dr. Kon, the transformation of the Ambulatory Internal Medicine clerkship into the new “PACLAC” clerkship highlighted by Dr. Heald, and organization of the annual Recent Advances in Clinical Medicine Conference organized by Dr. Wolf. Two other essential programs that focus on addressing disparities in our local communities include the Community COVID Testing outreach program led by Drs. Salerno and Nadkarni as well the HEARR Program addressing rural communities’ needs led by Dr. Reynolds. The challenges facing our patients, students, and faculties have never been greater. I stand in awe and gratitude for the dedicated work of our GMGPH faculty in creating and providing such a varied combination of helpful programs to help us meet these challenging times.
Mohan Nadkarni, MD