Caring for aging ill parents How to navigate this chapter of life

How can we prepare for this chapter of life? Join us as three amazing speakers share their journey caring for their parents while juggling academic careers in emergency medicine.
  • Shan Liu, MD, SD

    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Dr. Shan Woo Liu, an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, received her M.D. from Harvard Medical School and her S.D. in Health Policy from Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Liu completed her residency at Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency Program (HAEMR) at Brigham and Women's Hospital and MGH.

    Dr. Liu is currently an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is the MGH Geriatric Emergency Medicine Division Fellowship Directors and is the Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine President.  She has been invited to teach and speak nationally and internationally on geriatric emergency medicine and emergency department management of fall patients.

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    Surriya Colleen Ahmad, MD

    Clinical Faculty

    NYU Langone Hospitals / Bellevue Hospital Center

    Surriya Colleen Ahmad MD is currently Clinical Faculty in the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine at NYU Langone Hospitals in New York City and an Attending Physician at Bellevue Hospital Center/NYC Health + Hospitals. She has been a member of SAEM and AGEM for three years, and has particularly enjoyed working with the AGEM Outreach Committee. In December 2020 she co-organized and co-hosted the first Leaders in Geriatric Emergency Medicine virtual event with the aim of generating early interest in GEM amongst medical students and residents and helping to connect them with mentors who have been successful in the field. She served on the AGEM Executive Committee as a Member At Large. She is the current Treasurer for AGEM 2022-2023. 

    Between taking care of patients in both a public inner-city Level 1 Trauma Center and Tertiary care center in residency and having an octogenarian father and nonagenarian grandmother who she has watched navigate the sometimes treacherous walls of an Emergency Department from the lens of a patient their age, she grew interested in how we can best optimize the care of older adults in the ED. In addition, her interest areas lie in using tools to improve communication with older adults and their families, geriatric mental health, decreasing loneliness and social isolation in older adults, health disparities in geriatric patients, physician wellness, streamlining transitions of care, geriatric ED accreditation best care practices, as well as enhancing diversity in the field of Geriatric Emergency Medicine. 

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    Elizabeth M. Goldberg, MD, ScM

    Brown University

    I completed a four year emergency medicine residency at Brown University. After two years as EM faculty, I started a three year post-doctoral research fellowship at the Center of Gerontology and Health Care Research (AHRQ T32 funded) at the Brown School of Public Health. I completed a master of science in epidemiology during this time and improved my research methods and clinical geriatrics skills. I am currently the geriatric faculty champion for our health system, which cares for 280,000 ED patients per year. In this role, I am liaison with the division of geriatrics and palliative care and have championed several initiatives. These include leading a multidisciplinary group of stakeholders to develop a new state-wide nursing home to ED transfer form, implementing informatics solutions to improve safe prescribing for older adults, and creating a Nurse Innovators in Aging program to encourage ED nurses to obtain their gerontology certification. I have held a GEMSSTAR and currently hold a BEESON grant to test a fall prevention intervention, GAPcare. I have been an active leader within SAEM since I was a resident and served as the EMRA research committee vice chair and chair. As faculty I have been a member of AWAEM and served as didactics committee co-chair for two years and subsequently as the VP of Education. I am currently the Treasurer for AGEM and this role has given me an opportunity to focus on our AGEM priorities and work closer with the executive committee. I would be excited to lead AGEM and help us grow our outreach efforts and funding, so that we can improve geriatric ED care for our patients and our research efforts.
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    Amy H. Kaji, MD, PhD

    SAEM Immediate Past President / SAEMF Member-at-Large

    Los Angeles County-Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

    Amy H. Kaji, MD PhD is vice-chair of academic affairs in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. After graduating from Harvard University, Dr. Kaji attended Thomas Jefferson Medical School. Prior to "seeing the light," Dr. Kaji performed two years of a categorical general surgery residency at the University of Chicago. She then performed her emergency medicine internship, residency, and research/disaster medicine fellowship at Harbor-UCLA. Under the mentorship of Dr. Roger Lewis, Dr. Kaji completed a doctorate in epidemiology at the UCLA School of Public Health during her fellowship.

    Since her fellowship, Dr. Kaji has been active in SAEM. She has previously served as Membership Committee chair, a Research sub-committee chair, as well as on the Nominating committee, and the steering committee of the Science of Surge and Simulation consensus conferences, prior to joining the SAEM Board of Directors. Dr. Kaji enjoys combining her interest in statistical methodology, emergency medicine, and writing through editorial activities – she is a methodological/statistical editor for Annals of Emergency Medicine and JAMA Surgery, as well as an editor for the 9th edition of the Rosen's Emergency Medicine textbook.