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Geriatrics, Gerontology & Palliative Care Grand Rounds

The UC San Diego Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology & Palliative Care hosts a monthly Grand Rounds. This series takes place every 1st Tuesday of the month from 12:00–1:00 p.m.


To provide needs-based education for physicians and health care providers to improve knowledge, competence, and performance and enable the optimum provision of health care.


  • Employ geriatric medicine, gerontology, and palliative care principles for maximizing patient health and enhancing patient care.
  • Discuss current assessments, management techniques, and treatment recommendations available for different geriatric conditions and for those with serious illness at any stage of disease.
  • Identify patient-centered and system-wide strategies designed to improve quality of care and reduce iatrogenic events.
  • Distinguish differences in care guidelines for older vs younger patients.
  • Recognize the role of social determinants of health and how they can impact care and decision-making.



Special Edition: Fellowship Presentation schedule in May–June 2023.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have moved our Grand Rounds to a virtual webinar format. Contact for log-in information.


Upcoming Speakers




December 6, 2022

Dr. Brie Williams, visiting from UCSF

ENGAGING IN POLICY-ORIENTED RESEARCH: The Study of Prison “Compassionate Release” Policies

Previous Speakers




November 1, 2022

Evonne Kaplan-Liss & Val Gefroh 

An Interactive Session focusing on Compassionate Communication in Medicine. 

October 4, 2022

 Dr. Emily Meier

Enhancing Dignity and a Sense of Personhood in Cancer Care 

September 6, 2022

Dr. Mary Lynn McPherson

Deprescribing: When to ‘Let it Go’

August 2, 2022

Terry Altilio, LCSW

A Look Through the Kaleidoscope: The Intersection of Pain, Word Choice & Inequities.

June 14, 2022

 Dr. Ruth Goodson

 VSED: voluntary stopping eating and drinking

June 14, 2022

 Dr. Rhianon Liu

 An Introduction to Integrative Palliative Care

 June 7, 2022

 Dr. Elizabeth Li

 The Last Uber: Funeral Traditions in San Diego

 June 7, 2022

 Dr. Jennifer Li

 Polypharmacy and Deprescribing in Geriatric Patients

May 31, 2022

Dr. Amy Picone

Buprenorphine for Pain Management

May 31, 2022

Dr. Donnie Moore 

 Overview and updates on End of Life Options Act

May 24, 2022

Dr. Sheila Bhavsar

 Involuntary Weight loss in Older Adults

 May 24, 2022

Dr. Rachael Petry

Barriers to Osteoporosis Treatment

May 17, 2022

Dr. Kevin Yang

Legacy Making Interventions

May 17, 2022

Dr. Alexa Chavez

Treating Fatigue in Advanced Cancer

April 5, 2022

Dr. Rinaldo Gonzales

Many Hands Make Light(er) Work: Mid-Career and Alternative Pathway for Hospice/Palliative Medicine Fellowship

March 1, 2022

Dr. Wendy Anderson

Elephants and Blind Men: Collaborative Identification of Frailty and the Role of Geriatric Medicine

Feb. 1, 2022

Dr. Kimberly Curseen

Communication Skills Training in 60 Minutes or Less

Jan. 4, 2022

Dr. Christina Vaughan

Managing the Intersection Between Implicit Bias, Healthcare Disparities, and Ourselves


CME Accredited: The University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: For the purposes of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME. For the purpose of re-licensure, the California Board of Registered Nursing accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ (report up to 1 hour of credit and list "CME Category 1" as the provider number).



For questions or to be added to our email list, contact:

Sasha Weiss