Geriatric Medication Safety Symposium set for April 7-8

By Roman Petrowski, Office of Communications

Geriatric Medication Safety Symposium

The Geriatric Medication Safety Symposium is April 7-8 at the Cooley University Life Center. (Photo courtesy of Adobe Stock)

The McGovern Medical School Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine and the University of Houston College of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy will co-host the Geriatric Medication Safety Symposium 2022 April 7-8 at the Denton A. Cooley, MD & Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center.

Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, students, residents, researchers, and others across the state and nation are encouraged to attend the Geriatric Medication Safety Symposium, which builds upon a successful collaboration between the two institutions.

Medication-related morbidity and mortality are a significant health concern in older adults, who are highly susceptible to medication-related problems. Safe medication use practices require coordinated efforts by providers and patients in the medication use process. Medication-related problems range from prescribing of high-risk medications to misuse of medications by older adults.

The areas of focus for the symposium include medication safety in long-term care, off-label drug use during the pandemic, drug burden/safer opioid use, adverse drug events/significant drug interactions, drug safety during transitions of care, and medication safety in inpatient care.

Symposium speakers include Aanand D. Naik, MD, professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at McGovern Medical School and professor and chair of Management, Policy, and Community Health at the UTHealth Houston School of Public Health; Manju Beier, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP, adjunct associate professor of pharmacy at the University of Michigan; Mukaila Raji, MD, Edgar Gnitzinger Distinguished Professorship in Aging at UTMB; and Dae Hyun Kim, SCD, MD, associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Registration for the Geriatric Medication Safety Symposium is open now. For more information visit the event website.

The symposium also has released a call for abstracts for research on medication use and medication safety, especially geriatric medication safety. Abstract submissions are due by Feb. 28 and awards for best poster and podium presentations will be given. For submission guidelines and to submit and abstract, click here.