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DGIM's Week in Review:

Award letters went out last week.  DGIM did very well. Please congratulate the following faculty when you next see them. We look forward to celebrating with them at the Awards of Excellent Banquet.

·         John McGreevey: Alfred Stengel Health System Champion Award

·         Jalpa Doshi: Samuel Martin Health Evaluation Sciences Research Award

·         Gillian Lautenbach: Sylvan Eisman Outstanding Primary Care Physician Award

Ryan Greysen has an article out in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society reporting on his work looking at “Functional Impairment as an Unmeasured Marker of Medicare Costs for Postacute Care of Older Adults.” In this paper they look at Medicare costs in the year after a hospital discharge.  Cost rose for each additional impairment in a person’s ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs). Interesting severe impairments in ADLS were associated with higher future costs than specific comorbidities (except lymphoma, metastatic cancer and paralysis). ADLs are easy to measure.  Perhaps we should be using these more frequently as a means of identifying high risk patients who might benefit from additional services. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28636200

Craig Umscheid has an article out with others in JAMA Surgery on the CDC guidelines for the “Prevention of Surgical Site Infections.” Amazingly the article has been viewed almost 800,000 times since coming out in late August. We don’t do much surgery, so I will not go through all the recommendations about peri-op antibiotics or skin prep. If you look at the Altmetric score it is the highest in JAMA Surgery history, it has been covered by 72 news outlets, 1509 tweets, and 123 Facebook pages.  Clearly it is an important topic of interest. http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamasurgery/fullarticle/2623725

  • If you are interested in writing for the philly.com health policy blog (http://www.philly.com/philly/health/health-cents) they are looking for writers who can make the blog more consumer friendly (and not just health policy wonky).  Is a great opportunity. If you are interested, please let Dan Polsky know polsky@wharton.upenn.edu. His team could probably help brainstorm interesting topics and angles and review things for you until you get the hang of it.   
  • Do you have a must-hear, poignant, or heartwarming physician/patient story to share? It is time for the 2nd Annual PA-ACP Southeastern Region Story Slam (Thursday, October 12, 2017). Story submissions are due Monday October 2nd.  You must be a PA-ACP Southeastern Region Member. For details and to submit an anecdote, contact Fortune Medeiros at Fortune.Medeiros@jefferson.edu

Faculty Spotlight

Claiborne Childs was born and raised in San Francisco. He went on to complete his undergraduate studies at Yale before he landed his first job as a high school teacher in New York City. After four years of teaching high school Chemistry he moved to Washington, DC. to attend Georgetown, earning his MD in 2011. He came back to New York City to complete his residency at NYP-Weill Cornell Medical Center. Claiborne joined the faculty at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and worked as a primary care physician at Montefiore for three years before joining the Section of Hospital Medicine here at Penn. During these three years, he managed to marry his amazing wife, Tasha, and became the father of boys, Anderson (2) and Langston (11 months).  His academic interests are in medical education, quality improvement, and increasing diversity among health care providers. Claiborne is very excited to be joining the Division of General Internal Medicine and looks forward to meeting everyone! Other Interesting informal facts: he is named after his great grandfather, Claiborne Williams a well-known jazz musician and band leader; he is a huge tennis fan and has made attended at least two Grand Slam events; he can sing the “Letter of the Day” and “Number of the Day” songs by heart (and do the dance) for the last two seasons of Sesame Street. Maybe we will get him to perform at the Holiday party.