Past Free Webinar: Future Directions in Geriatrics, Nov. 15, 2018

By: James T. Pacala, MD, MS

Handout – Future Directions in Geriatrics

This webinar will look at future directions and importance of geriatrics in the ever-changing healthcare landscape. Geriatrics is a “small fighting” workforce that partners with other specialties to delay, prevent or reverse age related diseases. In addition, patient-oriented quality measures and adoption/sharing of geriatrics interventions will be examined.


  • Appreciate the importance of geriatrics as a constantly evolving discipline.
  • Identify 5 issues that will change the practice of geriatrics in the future.
  • Describe the key roles of geriatrics health providers and researchers in the future healthcare landscape.

James T. Pacala, MD, MS, has seen and led the transformation of geriatrics education and geriatrics research for several decades. Dr. Pacala, a board-certified family physician and geriatrician, is Professor and Head of the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. He has performed research and published extensively on models of care delivery to geriatric populations and on innovative teaching methods.  He is a Past President and Board Chair of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS).


Research articles:

Tinetti M.  Mainstream or Extinction: Can Defining Who We Are Save Geriatrics?  JAGS 2016, 64:1400–1404.

Reuben DB, Tinetti ME.  Goal-Oriented Patient Care — An Alternative Health Outcomes Paradigm.  N Engl J Med 2012; 366(9): 377-9.