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March 14, 2019


Hi everyone. My name is Arif Nazir. I’m the chief medical officer for Signature HealthCARE and president of AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

How did you first become involved with the Society?

I first got involved with the Society when I started my position as a faculty member at...

February 26, 2019

After three days of education and networking at the annual conference, you might be tempted to sleep in on Sunday morning. But set the alarm, and you’ll get more than coffee and breakfast. You will hear from and talk with leading experts, and you will get exclusive insights, ideas, and solutions on the issues weighing on your mind. Choose Clinical Quandaries or Medical Direction Challenges, and be prepared to ask questions and share experiences. Then head home with best practices and pearls of wisdom you can use right away.

“I really enjoy these sessions because they are like small...

February 18, 2019

Research is important but not always exciting. However, a session at the annual conference focused on research will not only be “fun and engaging,” says JAMDA co-editor-in-chief Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD, but participants will come away as better consumers of academic literature. They will even have some new skills that they can use to write their own research paper or to review articles for JAMDA–something that would make a notable contribution to the Society and post-acute/long-term care (PALTC) medicine.

“How to Read and Review Research Papers” is set for Friday,...

February 12, 2019

Many cities claim to have something for everyone, but Atlanta delivers on that promise. Society members coming to the city for next month’s annual conference will find something just right for them. Whether they’re planning dinner with colleagues or an evening out with the family, the city has an unparalleled dining scene, shopping, and more. From the Krog Street Market to the Atlanta Belt Line, and from the...

February 5, 2019

There are so many good clinical sessions planned for the Society’s 2019 annual conference that Michele Bellantoni, MD, CMD, is challenged to choose the best or even her favorites; so, she starts at the beginning. “It’s very exciting to have ‘The Year in Review’ as our opening keynote, the kick-off for the meeting. We will all be able to dive into the conference with a clear picture of how our field is evolving,” she says.

As chair of the Annual Conference Program Planning Subcommittee, Dr. Bellantoni is always talking and listening to Society members about what issues and kinds of...

January 30, 2019

When Lakshman Swamy, MD, MBA, was a medical resident, he thought intensive care was “where the action was. Everything happens right then, right there.” However, he quickly realized, “This is barely the start of the patient’s journey. Recovery is immense for so many people, and they leave the hospital with incredible functional deficits. My friends in post-acute and long-term care medicine get these patients through recovery and give them their lives back.” His admiration for this group has him especially pleased and honored to talk about “Beyond Burnout: Practical Solutions to Improve the...

January 24, 2019

Award-winning actor and educator Megan Cole is “genuinely excited” about the opportunity to present the Anne-Marie Filkin Lecture on Sunday, March 10, at the Society’s 2019 annual conference in Atlanta, GA. “Literature teaches us eternal truths in entertaining ways and reminds us that there is always more than one way to interpret any human experience. I look forward to sharing these beautiful truths with Society members,” she says.

She hopes that participants leave her program, “Elder Voices: How Literature Can Help Us Understand Aging,” with a renewed appreciation of how books,...

January 17, 2019

The practice management  sessions at the Society’s 2019 annual conference are like “a map,” says Tom Haithcoat, chief operating officer for CareConnectMD and incoming chair of the Practice Group Network (PGN). This map will help participants navigate challenges, opportunities, new developments, and other issues so they can keep up and enjoy success in the constantly evolving value-based medicine environment.

“The bridge from volume- to value-driven care is complex and not easy to navigate alone,” says Mr. Haithcoat. “We’ve worked closely with our Practice Group Network members...

January 8, 2019

The opening keynote address at the Society’s annual conference sets the tone for the meeting. It is fitting that this year’s program in Atlanta, GA, starts with a session that features Society leaders sharing research from the past year that is likely to have the greatest impact on the future. During “The Year in Review,” your colleagues who live daily with the research and understand how it translates into practice will offer their exclusive insights. “This is a very exciting session. We’ll talk about some of the most important studies from the past year and make it practical,” says Milta...

January 2, 2019

Abely Solutions, Canopy Tools, Raiven Healthcare, and WoundWiseIQ. These four companies will compete in the Society’s 2nd annual Shark Tank competition, to be held at the 2019 annual conference in Atlanta, GA, March 7-10. Their innovations are all unique and their paths to the Shark Tank distinct, but they share an excitement about the opportunity to participate in this event and to interact with conference participants. As Canopy Tools CEO Elisabeth Michel, MPH, says, “When I heard about the Shark Tank, I thought it would be an incredible opportunity that would provide us with exposure...