Teaching Activities

 
 

I am Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. 

I teach UCSF Psychiatric Physicians in their 5th year of post-graduate psychiatric training, during their Fellowship year of Geriatric Psychiatry Sub-Specialization.

I have also taught 5th year Geriatric Psychiatric Fellows from Stanford University, and 5th year Geriatric Medicine Fellows from UCSF.

Previously, I was Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, Florida.

 

I am the author/co-author of teaching and professional materials, including books and book chapters, and articles in the professional literature. 


Among these are the article “Does Your Client Have Testamentary Capacity? Mental Health and Memory Issues That Affect Estate Planning “, published in California Estates and Trusts Quarterly, in 2011, a chapter entitled “Private Practice Issues” in the textbook Comprehensive Review of Geriatric Psychiatry, Third Edition, published in 2004, as well as the corresponding question and answer section in the Comprehensive Review of Geriatric Psychiatry, Third Edition, Study Guide published in 2005.  For the new textbook, Principles and Practice of Geriatric Psychiatry, 3rd Edition, published in 2011, I have written a chapter entitled, “Geriatric Psychiatric Outpatient Care: The Private Practice Model in the USA”.

 

I teach classes to medical and psychiatric residents and fellows, to psychiatrists and other physicians in practice, to nurse practitioners, nurses and other health care providers, to encourage and to help them improve the care given to the elderly, especially those with emotional and mental disorders.

 

I have been a lecturer at many local, regional, national, and international conferences. 


On June 13, 2012, I presented a program based on my article, “Does Your Client Have Testamentary Capacity? Mental Health and Memory Issues That Affect Estate Planning,“ at the East Bay Trusts & Estates Lawyers Third Annual Spring Symposium, in Oakland, California.


In 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, I presented and participated in Mock Trial Symposia at the Annual Meetings of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, for diverse audiences of mental health care providers from the United States and Canada.  The topics of these Mock Trials included Contested Wills and Trusts, Testamentary Capacity, Undue Influence, and Financial Abuse of the Elderly.

 

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For more than 30 years I have been teaching other psychiatrists and other physicians about the economic aspects of treating older patients, including the rules and regulations, policies and procedures of Medicare, medical documentation requirements, and aspects of psychiatric business management.  Based on the idea that doctors will not work in an area of medicine if they feel that they cannot make a living doing so, the goal of this teaching has been to inform physicians that they can have a successful practice seeing older individuals, and to encourage them to do so.


In 2019, I created and led the nine hour Symposium, “Understanding a Career in Geriatric Psychiatry” at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, in Atlanta, Georgia, February 28, 2019.  As part of that program, I presented the lectures, “Understanding Medical Documentation and How it Affects Your Psychiatric Practice and Business,” and “Breaking News: New Developments in CMS Rules on Evaluation and Management Services.”


Later at that AAGP meeting, I also taught on the topic, “Changes and Challenges in Medicare Billing, Documentation and Coding,” Annual Meeting of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, in Atlanta, Georgia, March 4, 2019.