December 2020 Newsletter

COVID-19 and Geriatric Patients: Protecting The Most Vulnerable



As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold and evolve in American society and within our healthcare community, it’s vital for all of us to stay informed and up-to-date in all areas. This includes taking a closer look at our most vulnerable patient population — geriatric patients. Read More

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, America’s 65—and—older population has surged from 40.3 million in 2010 to more than 54 million by late 2019. While this age group now comprises 16.5 percent of the U.S. patient population, dramatically and tragically, it has also accounted for as much as 80 percent of all COVID-19-related U.S. deaths, per data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It’s clear that when it comes to severe and fatal cases of COVID—19, America’s geriatric patient population represents the greatest at-risk group.

Additional insight provided by the CDC shows that the situation may be even graver than raw data reveals. As of mid-October, 2020, the U.S. had reported 216,025 deaths from COVID-19. However, this number might very well underestimate the comprehensive impact of the pandemic on mortality. Historically, measures of “excess deaths” have been used to estimate the full impact of public health pandemics and disasters, particularly when questions exist around under-reporting of deaths directly attributable to a given event or cause.

Excess deaths are defined as the number of individuals who have died from all causes, in excess of the expected number of deaths for a given place and time. From late January to early October 2020, the U.S. had 299,028 more deaths than the typical number of mortalities during the same period in previous years. At least 2 out of 3 of these excess deaths have been attributed to COVID-19. Numbers of excess deaths among individuals aged 65-74 were 24.1 percent above average, while those figures reached 21.5 percent for people ages 75-85 and 14.7 percent for individuals 85 years and older.

Take a closer look at COVID-19 and its impact on the geriatric patient population with us in December’s AudioDigest newsletter.

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Featured Lecture: Geriatric Patients and COVID-19

Clinician Well-Being

Geriatric clinical update: Advanced Care Planning, Social Isolation, and Telemedicine in the age of the COVID-19 Pandemic

This illuminating and informative lecture was recorded at the 48th Annual Advances in Internal Medicine conference, presented by the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. It is also included in AudioDigest Internal Medicine, Vol 67, Issue 36, Week of Sept. 28, 2020, and is also eligible for CME accreditation.

48th Annual Advances in Internal Medicine Conference University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold and evolve in American society and within our own healthcare community, it’s vital for all of us to stay informed and up-to-date in all areas. This includes taking a closer look at our most vulnerable patient population — geriatric patients. Read More

In this comprehensive 1-hour and 6-minute lecture, entitled Geriatric Clinical Updates, Advanced Care Planning, Social Isolation and Telemedicine in the Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic, an expert panel of three decorated doctors address and detail a wide range of topics regarding COVID-19 and geriatric patients.

During their deeply detailed lecture, Drs. Eric Widera, Rebecca Sudore, and Ashwin Kotwal address COVID-19-related topics and areas of concern for geriatric patients that include:

  • Clinical Updates
  • Advanced Care Planning
  • Social Isolation
  • Telemedicine

 

Featured Meeting: Primary Care

Primary Care

Primary Care

52nd Annual Primary Care Review
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR
February 8–12, 2021
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The 52nd Annual Primary Care Review, presented by Oregon Health & Science University, will take place from Feb. 8-12, 2021 at Sentinel Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Ideal for family physicians, internists, hospitalists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other primary healthcare providers, the 2021 Primary Care Review will provide up-to-date clinical information and clinical review of topics essential to primary care practice. Read More

Over the years, The Primary Care Review has become renowned for its strong organization and wide variety of topics and speakers. The 2021 Primary Care Review will consist of more than 40 hours of breakout sessions and 22 plenary presentations – providing the opportunity to design and benefit from a truly personalized learning experience. Learn more about the Primary Care Review and register online now. You can also sign up for online notifications involving the Primary Care Review.

The 2021 Primary Care Review is approved by Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. An equal opportunity affirmative action institution, Oregon Health & Science University is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for all Oregonians through excellence, innovation and leadership in healthcare, education and research. Visit the meeting site for more information →

This illuminating and informative lecture was recorded at the 48th Annual Advances in Internal Medicine conference, presented by the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. It is also included in AudioDigest Internal Medicine, Vol 67, Issue 36, Week of Sept. 28, 2020, and is also eligible for CME accreditation.

 

Upcoming Virtual Meetings:

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold and evolve, healthcare professionals and medical societies are taking every precaution available to maximize safety and responsibility. As such, many meetings, conventions, and conferences are being held in a safely-distanced, virtual fashion. Here’s a closer look at upcoming virtual meetings.

Anesthesiology

Neurology, Oncology
9th Annual Brain Tumor Symposium: Maintaining Excellence in the COVID-19 Pandemic Era
Sidney Kimmel Medical School at Thomas Jefferson University
January 15, 2021

The 9th Annual Brain Tumor Symposium, presented by Sidney Kimmel Medical School at Thomas Jefferson University, will be held in a virtual format from 12:00-4:05 p.m. ET on Jan. 15, 2021. Entitled Maintaining Excellence in the COVID-19 Pandemic Era, the Symposium will feature keynote lectures, featured speakers, Zoom-based breakout sections, virtual exhibits and a virtual networking reception. Click here to view the preliminary agenda (subject to change) for the meeting..

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Gastroenterology

Ophthalmology
25th Annual Glaucoma Symposium CME
Glaucoma Research and Education Group
January 23, 2021

The 25th Annual Glaucoma Symposium CME, presented by the Glaucoma Research and Education Group in partnership with Glaucoma Research Foundation, will take place on a global virtual platform on Jan. 23, 2021. Ideal for practicing ophthalmologists, ophthalmology residents and fellows, the clinician-focused symposium highlights the latest advances in glaucoma management, medications and surgical techniques. You can learn more about and register for the meeting online now.

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General Medicine
Neurology, Womens Health
Diversity in Neurodivergence: Girls and Women with Autism
Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University/ Eastern Area Health Education Center
January 29, 2021

Diversity in Neurodivergence: Girls and Women with Autism, presented by Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and Eastern Area Health Education Center, will take place in a virtual format from 8:45 a.m.-11:10 a.m. ET on Jan. 29, 2021. This workshop will introduce autism form a feminist, strengths-based neurodiversity perspective and explore historical points of view on autism and gender. Participants will discuss success and challenges in their fields — and collaborate on methods to improve gender-competent care for individuals with autism. Click here to learn more about and register for the meeting.

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Psychiatry
Neurology
55th Annual Recent Advances in Neurology 2021
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
February 10–12, 2021

The 55th Annual Recent Advances in Neurology 2021, presented by UC San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, will be held at The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco in a safely distanced live format, with livestream virtual attendance also available, from Feb. 10-12, 2021. Designed for the practicing neurologist, the meeting provides a review of clinical neurology, with emphasis on areas of recent advances and progress in patient management. Both current concepts and new advances in neurologic disorders will be covered at the meeting, whose purpose is to increase attendee competence and improve clinical practice in neurology. UCSF School of Medicine is accredited by ACCME, and UCSF designates this live activity for a maximum of 16.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Click here to learn more about and register for the meeting.

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