Friday, June 26, 2009


Blog entry #1

Geriatric Issues: A blog of questions and answers

After being a practicing physician for four years, I decided to go back to training to do a Geriatric Fellowship. I'm finishing my fellowship on Tuesday and after that I'm joining the University of Pennsylvania as a faculty in Geriatrics.

Geriatrics is something that has been on my heart since before starting medical school. I love the interaction with families and patients. Geriatrics is a field of change and transitions and one thing I find rewarding is helping patients and their families anticipate, adjust, and succeed in the transitions of getting older. In order to do this, one thing I have found myself doing very frequently is having family meetings, but the problem is that the more patients I get, the more family meetings I need to do and I end up having difficulty trying to communicate everything that I want to to patients and their families.

In many ways, I find that geriatrics is a lot like pediatrics-a lot of the transitions are predictable and if information can be given out in time, patients and families can plan for the future instead of waiting for crises moments like a hospitalization or a hip fracture. One of the purposes of this blog is to provide a forum to distribute good, accurate anticipatory guidance to patients and families to allow everyone access to the medical knowledge needed to make good decisions and to plan. The goal of this blog is to make sound medical information fully accessible to patients and their families to allow them to become as informed as a physician. In this day and age of Internet and the world wide web, I believe fully that nothing should stand between patients and medical information.

My second purpose behind this blog is to allow patients and families to ask me questions to challenge me. I find that patients often ask the best medical questions (usually something that begins with "why") and it pushes me to learn more, read, and be much more precise in my medical knowledge and practice.

I haven't done a blog like this before so this will be a work in progress. The format will be fairly straight forward-I will post entries and will come up with future topics from comments, emails, and things I'm learning from my practice. While there are many web sites to serve as resources on the Internet, I hope this blog takes on the flavor having geriatrician in your own family. I really hope to make this blog and my answers very interactive, personal and relevant to you. So, please feel free to ask questions and I hope you enjoy my blog!

About me:
I started my medical career at the University of Michigan where I received my B.S. in Biomedical Sciences in 1997. In 2000 I received my M.D. from the University of Michigan as well. From 2000-2003 I went to MacNeal Family Practice Residency Program-University of Chicago in Berwyn, IL and from 2004-2008 I worked as a solo practice physician in Shickshinny, PA. In July of 2008, I started my Geriatric Fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson. Starting August 1, 2009, I'll be on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania.

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