Geriatrics Member Interest Group

Eukesh Ranjit, MD, Chair and Raj Shah, MD, Vice Chair -  NEW:  Dr. Ranjit and Dr. Shah are the subject matter experts on the IAFP's new Brain Trust Project - which includes the new state-required CME program online and free for all!  Plus podcasts featuring our own chair and vice chair!
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IAFP Geriatrics MIG Presents a 2-part webinar series All in the Family (Medicine): The care our older patients deserve!

Part 1: The 5Ms - Making the Most Magnificent Medical home and More for older adults 
Wednesday January 31st at 7pm - Link to the recording

Part 2 - Careers in Caring for older adults
Tuesday February 13 - 7pm  Link to the recording
Join these presenters to learn about some of the career paths for caring for our older adults. 

Dr. Deborah Edberg - Oak Street Health
Dr. Eukesh Ranjit- Nursing home care and Assisted living, geriatrics clinic
Dr. Avinash Mantha - Veterans Affairs and Home Visits 
Dr. James Valek, VITAS hospice care 
Dr. Raj Shah - Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center

Some resources for additional information and self-study

The 5 Ms of Geriatric Care  ( 

Brain Trust Project from IAFP  Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease resources 

AAFP Geriatrics Self Study 

AGS - for Geriatrics health professionals - Free student membership 

2/23/22 Recording of Kaiser Family Foundation panel with Older Adults Panel on how they have endured and survived the pandemic

View resources provided by Oak Street Health and Home Centered Care Institute 

IAFP member blog with stories of Life Members who care for older adults

POEMs Patient Oriented Evidence that Matters – short critical summaries of original research on topics relevant to primary care physicians that you can download, use and share.
Polypharmacy Among Older Adults with Dementia
In High-Risk Older Patients with Atrial Fibrillation, Rhythm Control Reduces Cardiovascular Death and Stroke, But at a Price
Intensive Blood Pressure Control
Effectiveness of light therapy in older patients with cognitive impairment
Can drug treatment improve outcomes in people with dementia?
Testosterone Supplementation and Cognitive Functioning in Men
Exercise Recommendations for Older Persons with Obesity
Antipsychotics Use for Delirium in Hospitalized Patients
How does community screening and therapeutic prevention strategies reduce the incidence of falls in older people?
Is Low-Dose Edoxaban (Savaysa) Safe and Effective for Stroke Prevention in Older Patients with Atrial Fibrillation?

Current planned areas of engagement of Geriatrics MIG include:

  • Advise IAFP on legislation in the Illinois General Assembly that affects older adult care
  • Provide annual CME webinar on geriatric topics for IAFP members (Learn more about the new free CME online module from Dec. 2022)
  • Share best practices and challenges to family physicians who provide service to older adults (See POEMs above)
  • Create a statewide network of family physicians interested in geriatrics.
  • Offer learning opportunities for trainees (Medical Students, Residents, Fellows)

Some ideas include:

  • Presenting at least one CME webinar per year
  • Creating internet-based contents for network and education (short YouTube videos, Instagram, Facebook posts)
  • Geriatrics Workshop for residents/medical students/fellows in IAFP annual meetings