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WVGS Member Announcements December 2019

Proposed Bylaws Revisions
Notice: Recently the WVGS Board of Directors proposed a bylaw change. The proposed changes are

  • Article VIII Section 2. Election of Directors: change the wording …to ” a slate of minimum of one candidate” from among members.
  • Article IX Fiscal Year: to state both fiscal and operational will be from January 1 to December 31.

Annual Meeting
The WVGS annual meeting will be held via video conference on January 8, 2020.

WVGS Board Member Election
Below is the list of the nominees for 2020 membership of the West Virginia Geriatric Society. Please select one candidate and cast your vote here. The deadline to cast your ballot is January 5, 2020.

Rajesh Gopalarathinam, MD 
After completing my residency training at Allegheny General Hospital from July 2014 to June 2017, I continued to pursue a year of fellowship training in geriatrics at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. I then joined work at Marshall University Joan Edwards School of medicine as assistant professor of Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine in September 2018.  I have a great interest in teaching clinical medicine to resident physicians and medical students in training. My areas of clinical interest include outpatient primary care medicine, musculoskeletal disorders and dementia.

Saurabh P. Mehta, PT, MSc, PhD
Saurabh Mehta has been a physical therapy professional for over 20 years. He has practiced and taught in physical therapy programs in India, Canada, and the USA. He obtained his entry-level Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy from India and went on to complete Research-based Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Manitoba and PhD in Rehabilitation from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Mehta holds active physical therapy license in the State of West Virginia. He has been working as an faculty member in the Marshall University School of Physical Therapy (MUSOPT) since August 2013 and also holds an appointment of Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Marshall University School of Medicine from September 2013. He also practices as a physical therapist at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, WV. Dr. Mehta is a member of Marshall University Faculty Senate and also serves across multiple committees within the College of Health Profession as well as MUSOPT, including being a Chair of Faculty Search Committee within the MUSOPT.  Dr. Mehta remains active nationally in our profession with memberships in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and also within the Academies of Research, Orthopedics, and Upper Extremity and Hand Rehabilitation. Especially, he serves as a member of Research Committee of the Academy of Upper Extremity and Hand Rehabilitation of the APTA. Dr. Mehta has published over 40 peer-reviewed research articles in national and international journals in the areas of musculoskeletal health in elderly, rehabilitation after wrist injuries, and outcomes after total knee replacement. Dr. Mehta leads the Clinical Practice Guideline Development Group for Rehabilitation of Wrist Fractures which is under the auspices of the Academy of Orthopedics, APTA. Dr. Mehta is also a part of International Group of Scientists who are collectively developing Core Outcome Set of elbow injuries. Dr. Mehta proudly calls West Virginia his adopted home and would be extremely honored to serve in the West Virginia Geriatric Society.

Lisa Nord, R. PH.
Professor Lisa Nord received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. After graduation, she worked for two years as a staff pharmacist at The Toledo Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. After her husband’s graduation from law school, they moved to Huntington where Lisa joined Cabell Huntington Hospital, where she spent almost 25 years of her career first as a staff pharmacist, then assistant director, and ultimately director of pharmacy. Prior to coming to Marshall in 2016, she was a consultant pharmacist and pharmacist-in-charge for a local long term care pharmacy.

During her time at Cabell Huntington, Lisa was involved in the development of medication and patient safety initiatives, was an active member of multiple interdisciplinary teams addressing medication errors, adverse reactions and the medication use process, and management of a pharmacy staff of 52 employees.

Lisa is a member of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, the West Virginia Society of Health System Pharmacists, from which she received the 2005 Pharmacist of the Year Award, and the American Pharmacists Association. She serves as faculty advisor for APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) here at Marshall, and coordinates Phar819 Long Term Care of the Patient in collaboration with the Huntington VAMC.  She is also Co-Director for the School’s co-curricular activities with  Dr. Chris Booth.

Registration is Now Open for the 2019 WVGS Annual Geriatrics Summit!

The West Virginia Geriatrics Society (WVGS) extends a warm welcome to join them for their annual geriatrics summit in Charleston, WV on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Hosted by the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, this year’s theme is “Tomorrow and Beyond: Optimizing Geriatric Quality of Life.”

When: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Where: Charleston, WV

Meeting Highlights: Each year our annual educational summit explores new and intriguing ideas, policy changes, philosophies and practice for those involved in or interested in the care and well-being of the older adult. We welcome an interdisciplinary audience of healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers,and those interested in learning more about the care of older adults.

Register Now!

Location: University of Charleston
2300 MacCorkle Ave SE, Charleston, WV 25396

For more information, visit the 2019 WVGS Annual Geriatrics Summit website. We look forward to seeing you in November!

Call for Posters – Deadline EXTENDED!

“Tomorrow and Beyond: Optimizing Geriatric Quality of Life” 

Due to the change of date for the 2019 Annual Summit to November 6th, we are extending the deadline for the Poster Abstracts to Friday, September 20th

We are accepting Student/Resident Original Research or Case Study posters.

  • Submit your completed application and IRB approval (if applicable) at the website links listed below
  • Include a pdf file of your poster
  • The submission format is listed below
  • Submission Deadline, Friday, September 20th 5pm ET

Guidelines to Complete Original Research Application Form

1. Title
2. Purpose/Hypothesis/Background: State objectives/hypothesis/purpose of this project.
3. Methods/Design: Retrospective, prospective, pre-post, randomization, blinding, etc.
a)  Outcome Measures: What are you measuring? e.g. change in blood pressure, length of stay, response rate, death rate
b)  Study Setting: Name of institution where the study took place; what clinic; in/outpatient setting?
c)  Participants: Inclusion/exclusion criteria; Number entering and finishing the study.
4. Results: State main findings with statistical procedures and statistical significance, if appropriate.
5. Conclusions: State conclusions and clinical applications if any.
6. Support: List source(s) of support in the form of grants, equipment, drugs, etc.
7. IRB: Attach proof of appropriate Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval from your home institution.

Submit Original Research Abstract – HERE 

Guidelines to Complete Case Study Application Form

1.  Title
2.  Background: State topic and why it is important.
3.  Description: Describe the essential elements needed to understand the case.
4.  Conclusion: Discuss evidence from one’s own observations and from pertinent literature that defends one’s conclusions. State how this information is useful clinically.
5. IRB: A case study that includes just one patient will not need IRB approval; however a Case Study Presentation submitted with more than one patient case requires attaching proof of appropriate IRB approval from your home institution.

Submit Case Study Abstract – HERE

Call for Posters Now Open!

“Tomorrow and Beyond: Optimizing Geriatric Quality of Life” 

The Call for Poster abstracts is now open for the 2019 WV Geriatric Society Annual Conference.

We are accepting Student/Resident Original Research or Case Study posters.

  • Submit your completed application and IRB approval (if applicable) at the website links listed below
  • Include a pdf file of your poster
  • The submission format is listed below
  • Submission Deadline, August 16th 5 pm ET

Guidelines to Complete Original Research Application Form

1. Title
2. Purpose/Hypothesis/Background: State objectives/hypothesis/purpose of this project.
3. Methods/Design: Retrospective, prospective, pre-post, randomization, blinding, etc.
a)  Outcome Measures: What are you measuring? e.g. change in blood pressure, length of stay, response rate, death rate
b)  Study Setting: Name of institution where the study took place; what clinic; in/outpatient setting?
c)  Participants: Inclusion/exclusion criteria; Number entering and finishing the study.
4. Results: State main findings with statistical procedures and statistical significance, if appropriate.
5. Conclusions: State conclusions and clinical applications if any.
6. Support: List source(s) of support in the form of grants, equipment, drugs, etc.
7. IRB: Attach proof of appropriate Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval from your home institution.

Submit Original Research Abstract – HERE 

Guidelines to Complete Case Study Application Form

1.  Title
2.  Background: State topic and why it is important.
3.  Description: Describe the essential elements needed to understand the case.
4.  Conclusion: Discuss evidence from one’s own observations and from pertinent literature that defends one’s conclusions. State how this information is useful clinically.
5. IRB: A case study that includes just one patient will not need IRB approval; however a Case Study Presentation submitted with more than one patient case requires attaching proof of appropriate IRB approval from your home institution.

Submit Case Study Abstract – HERE

WVGS Welcomes 2019 Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Huntington, WV, April 19, 2019.  The West Virginia Geriatrics Society is pleased to announce the 2019 Board of Directors:

President:
JT Hunter
Alzheimer’s Association- WV Chapter

President Elect:
Teresa Sexton RN, MSNeD
Director of Senior Services and Nursing
Cabell Huntington Hospital

Secretary-Treasurer:
Cindy Farley, RN
Genesis Healthcare

Immediate Past President:
Carma Korman, MSW
Robert C. Byrd Clinic

Board of Directors:

Charles Babcock, PharmD
Marshall University School of Pharmacy

David Elliott PharmD
WVU- Charleston School of Pharmacy

Pavithra Indramohan, MD
Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine

Melanie Hall, MSN, RN
Hospice of Huntington, Inc.

Jane Marks, CDP
Jane’s Sandwich Caring

Julie A. Testman, PharmD, BCPS, CGP, FASCP
University of Charleston School of Pharmacy

Brenda Wamsley, Ph.D.
West Virginia State University

The mission of WVGS is to improve geriatric care through interdisciplinary professional teamwork, education, advocacy, and public policy.  Membership is open to professionals interested in the health and wellbeing of older West Virginians.  It is an opportunity to network with others who share an interest in the care of older persons and the education of those provide that care.  For more information please visit www.WVGeriatrics.org or call (304) 370 3200

 

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