Hollis D. Day, MD, MS, MHPE, Delivers Distinguished Professor in Geriatrics Keynote Lecture

Hollis D. Day, MD, MS, MHPE, associate professor of medicine, delivered the Distinguished Professor in Geriatrics (DPG) keynote lecture at the annual Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) meeting held recently in Boston. Day, who also is chief of geriatrics at Boston Medical Center (BMC), discussed the future of geriatrics and if it is a dying specialty. Her answer was an emphatic no. She proposed ways for geriatricians and general internists to become more actively engaged in the research, education and clinical care of the older adult.

Invited professors are general internists and/or geriatricians with nationally recognized expertise in education, research, and/or clinical care related to the care of older adults. The DPG program facilitates career development of SGIM members in academic fields directly related to older patients.

Day recently was accepted into the premier leadership program for women in academic health sciences in the country, the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program. Established in 1995, ELAM offers an intensive one-year fellowship of leadership training with extensive coaching, networking and mentoring opportunities aimed at expanding the national pool of qualified women candidates for leadership in academic medicine, dentistry, public health and pharmacy.

Day’s research interests include integrating geriatrics into the internal medicine curriculum at the student, resident and faculty development level; interdisciplinary team teaching; and inter-professional communication. Her clinical focus areas include dementia and delirium in geriatric patients and cognitive assessment in the primary care geriatric setting.

She is a member of the American Geriatrics Society, the Society of General Internal Medicine, and the American College of Physicians.

Day earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Johns Hopkins University, a master’s degree in anatomy from the University of Maryland and medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. She also completed a master’s degree in health professions education from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and fellowships in general internal medicine and geriatrics at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

She came to BU/BMC from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) where she specialized in geriatrics, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPSM) where she was advisory dean, associate professor of medicine and the medical director of the Advanced Clinical Education Center. While in Pittsburgh, she led the efforts to integrate geriatrics throughout the medical school curriculum at UPSM and was a Founding Program Director for the geriatrics track in UPMC’s internal medicine residency program.

The Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) is a global association of over 3,300 leading academic general internists dedicated to enhancing medical education, improving healthcare access, eliminating disparities, and advancing comprehensive, coordinated, and cost-effective care for adults through innovative education, research, and clinical practice.

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