(Boston) Dec. 16, 2015 – Hollis Day, MD, MS, has been appointed chief of the geriatrics section in the department of medicine at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and will hold a faculty appointment at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). Day comes to BMC/BUSM 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, Day 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. 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.
“Along with Dr. Day’s commitment to helping educate future generations of geriatricians, she brings remarkable geriatric care experience and a true passion for providing the best care for vulnerable patients and their families,” said David Coleman, MD, chief of medicine at BMC and chair of medicine at BUSM. “We look forward to Dr. Day’s leadership of our geriatrics programs in clinical care, education and research.”
Day’s clinical focus areas include dementia and delirium in geriatric patients, cognitive assessment in the primary care geriatric setting, and helping patients understand when and why it is no longer safe for them to drive, which can be a very difficult conversation. “Driving often reflects a person’s level of independence, and giving that up is a symbol of getting older and, perhaps, frailer, which can be frightening both for patients and their family members,” Day said. “As a provider, we help these patients find alternate forms of transportation and work with families so that they can continue doing things that they enjoy, but in a way that is safe for them and the public.”
Day earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Johns Hopkins University, a master’s degree in anatomy from the University of Maryland, and her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. 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. Day is a member of the American Geriatrics Society, the Society of General Internal Medicine, and the American College of Physicians, among other professional organizations.
Learn more about BMC’s Geriatrics Program.
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