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Dr. Medina-Walpole to Lead American Geriatrics Society

Annette (Annie) Medina-Walpole, M.D., recently took the helm as president of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) leading the 6,000-member national society that implements and advocates for programs in geriatrics patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy.

The Paul H. Fine Professor of Medicine and chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Aging, Dr. Medina-Walpole was recently named as the inaugural director of the University of Rochester Aging Institute, which is poised to have a major impact across the university’s spectrum of aging research, geriatrics education, clinical care and community collaboration.

“I’ve never been prouder to be a geriatrician and part of such an amazing professional society,” Dr. Medina-Walpole said. “Though this has been a time for reflection and resilience, it’s also been one for tremendous growth. I’m inspired by my colleagues, older adults, and caregivers, who are rising to the challenge in all settings and health systems.”

An AGS member since 1995, Dr. Medina-Walpole is a frequent reviewer for the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and chaired the 2008 AGS Annual Scientific Meeting Program Committee and the Teacher’s Section. She was co-editor of the Geriatrics Review Syllabus, a premier reference guide for clinicians engaged in continuing education.

Since joining the faculty in 1998, Dr. Medina-Walpole became the leader of a highly ambitious program to integrate geriatrics into the whole of the university’s undergraduate medical curriculum. Through her efforts, aging became one of six underlying themes for the entire medical student community, and training of hospitalists and subspecialists in geriatrics has flourished. She also developed a Skills in Complete Patient Evaluation course to engage medical students in understanding the importance of patient history and physical examination, including for older adults residing in nursing homes.

Dr. Medina-Walpole also served as the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Director and co-directed the Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, which trains faculty as master educators.


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