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Geriatric Faculty Scholars

What is a Geriatric Faculty Scholar?

This prestigious challenge grant is awarded to current junior URMC faculty with a specific interest in inter-professional geriatric education and practice. Throughout the calendar year, these faculty members will work with a mentor in the Division of Geriatrics & Aging to create and implement a geriatric education program within their own Division or Department. Each project is designed to promote and integrate geriatric principles into other specialties. This program is designed to:

  • Develop faculty with an interest in gerontology and geriatrics who create innovative programs that improve the care of older adults by increasing the geriatric knowledge and skill of physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals at various levels of training and professional development, from students to senior faculty.
  • Promote inter-specialty and inter-professional training and collaboration to improve the quality and safety of older adult care throughout UR Medicine.

Applications are currently being accepted.  DEADLINE EXTENSION: All applications must by submitted by Monday February 10, 2020 at 5pm.

Geriatric Faculty Scholar Application Criteria & Rubric

Current Geriatric Faculty Scholars

Nicholas L. Aloisio, MD

Senior Instructor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Highland (SMD)

As an Emergency Medicine Physician, Dr. Aloisio is already attuned to the specific personal and medical needs of older adults.  Highland Hospital is seeking accreditation as a Geriatric Emergency Department through the American College of Geriatric Physicians. In parallel with the accreditation process, Dr. Aloisio will work with the Clinical Pharmacy Team to (i) design a process to minimize the use of potentially harmful medications in older adults, and (ii) construct a strong guideline for managing pain in older adults.

Emily S. DiCesare, DO

Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine (SMD) - Primary

Dr. DiCesare received her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009. Dr. DiCesare completed her residency at the University of Rochester in 2012, and served as Chief Resident from 2011-2012.  Since working as an Emergency Medicine Physician Dr. DiCesare is acutely aware of the different knowledge and skills required for caring for older adults.  She is part of the team working towards the accreditation as Geriatric Emergency Department at Highland Hospital.  Her project is to take the “geriatric friendly” changes to other UR Medicine Emergency Departments.

Jenny Y. Shen, MD

Assistant Professor (Part-Time), Department of Medicine, Hospital Medicine (SMD)

After completing her internal Medicine residency at URMC in 2013, Dr. Shen joined the team as a Hospitalist. Her interest in perioperative medicine led to her current involvement with the Geriatric Fracture Center (GFC).  Combined with her experience as a researcher and interest in the geriatric population, Dr. Shen will focus her Geriatric Faculty Scholar project on the issue of post-operative mobility in older adults.  In particular, she hopes to improve the weight-bearing post op quality measure linked to early mobility for GFC patients.

Sarmad M. Siddiqui, MD, FHM

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Hospital Medicine (SMD) - Primary

As a Hospitalist for almost 7 years, during which he completed a Geriatric Fellowship, Dr. Siddiqui has developed a genuine interest in improving the care of the elderly.  In particular, Dr. Siddiqui will focus his Geriatric Faculty Scholar project on limiting or early removal of indwelling urinary catheters in older patients with hip fractures.  This educational intervention for hospitalists could lead to reduced incidence of CAUTI, decrease LOS, and improve the patient experience.


All Geriatric Faculty Scholars: Geriatric Faculty Scholars

For more information about the Geriatric Faculty Scholar program, contact Annette Medina Walpole at 585-760-6354.