Second-year medical student Tzivia Moreen's research on "Knowledge of Breast Cancer and Screening Mammography in Older Women" took home top honors in the Ethics category in the Presidential Poster Session at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) in Las Vegas this past May. Tzivia commented that, as a medical student, "it was a great enough honor to be able to present research at a professional conference." Her research mentor was Dr. Barrie Raik, faculty in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology and a CARCC pilot grantee.
Overall, Geriatrics faculty, fellows, and students had a strong showing at this year's AGS meeting, with a total of 16 poster presentations: 4 by medical students, leaders in our Geriatrics Student Interest Group, 4 by geriatrics fellows, and 4 by geriatrics faculty.
The Division was also especially proud to be invited to participate in the meeting's highly competitive symposium and paper presentations. Dr. Mark Lachs moderated the symposium "Teaching with Technology: Innovative Methodologies from Three D.W. Reynolds Geriatrics Training Grant Recipients," which included presentations by Dr. Carol Capello and Risa Breckman on Weill-Cornell's educational endeavors - the animated web-based course for physicians on Environmental Design for Older Patients and a discussion and demonstration of our Psycho-Social website for physicians, CornellCARES.com. Dr. Cary Reid presented a paper on his research on "Back Pain, Activity Restriction, and Decline in Lower Extremity Physical Function among Community-Living Older Persons."
Two of our researchers were also highlighted on the AGS website. Dr. Lizette Smith, a second-year geriatrics fellow, for her research on "Sex after Seventy: A Survey of Sexual Function among Older Adults" and Jonathan Austrian, a third-year medical student, as one of four in-depth profiles of medical students with an avid interest in aging research.
Our medical students particularly found the meeting invigorating. Sarah Schellhorn, a second-year student, was "astounded by the number of people not only interested in geriatrics, but specifically in my research." Sarah presented on "Outcomes of Psychiatric Consultations in Geriatric Patients." Jonathan found sharing his research on the "Use of Non-Pharmacologic Treatments for Chronic Pain in Older Persons" with faculty and students from all over the country who have similar research interests to be especially rewarding.