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Older adults and geriatricians find benefits to telehealth.

As the director of a new center at Duke dedicated to interprofessional education and care, Mitch Heflin, MD, MHS, professor of medicine (Geriatrics), expects to draw on his experience as a geriatrician.

The School of Medicine has announced that Mitchell T. Heflin, MD, MHS, associate professor of medicine (Geriatrics), has been named associate dean for Interprofessional Education and Care and director of the new Center for Interprofessional Education and Care, effective July 1, 2019.

The Duke Perioperative Optimization of Senior Health, led by Mitchell Heflin, MD, associate professor of medicine (Geriatrics), and Sandhya Lagoo-Deenadayalan, MD, associate professor of surgery, published a study in JAMA Surgery on Jan. 3 that found with older patients, assessing risk and intervening before surgery leads to shorter hospital stays.

Duke Perioperative Optimization of Senior Health, POSH, is a team-based approach in which surgeons, geriatricians, advanced practice providers from anesthesia, and patients work together to head off potential problems before surgery.

“Surgeons are seeing older and older patients,” says Shelley McDonald, DO, PhD, assistant professor of medicine (Geriatrics). “We’ve learned that by working together, these patients can get through surgery with fewer complications.”

Mitchell Heflin, MD, associate professor of medicine (Geriatrics) and Eleanor McConnell, RN, PhD, associate professor of nursing, have received a 2015 Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The Duke award, for $2.5 million over 3 years, will support the Duke Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program: Communities Caring for Seniors, a program to improve community based care for older adults.

In a recent article the Association of American Medical Colleges reports that by 2025, the number of Americans over the age of 65 will nearly doubl

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The Wall Street Journal reported this week on a consortium of four academic medical centers that are working to meet the demand for physicians skil


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