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Susan Kartiko, MD, PhD, FACS

incontentkartiko250x250Dr. Susan Kartiko, Assistant Professor of Surgery at University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate, recently presented her
work entitled “Fall Prevention Initiative: A Fall Screening Pilot Study
in the Ambulatory Setting” at the 32nd EAST (The Eastern Association
for the Surgery of Trauma) Annual Scientific Assembly in Austin, TX.

Dr. Kartiko and her colleagues Erin Jarosz, OT, and Ida Konderwicz, RN, of the Baystate Medical Center Injury Prevention Program administered a validated screening questionnaire to primary care offices and other ambulatory clinics to help identify patients at risk for falling. Once noted to have a fall risk, patients were referred to the Fall Prevention Initiative Physical Therapy Program. The team measured patients’ mobility before and after the Program. Patients who experienced the intervention demonstrated significant improvement in mobility. Historically, patients who have fallen express lower confidence in performing day-to-day tasks, and therefore investigators also administered a confidence level questionnaire after the physical therapy concluded. The results revealed a significant increase in confidence level scores.

Because of Dr. Kartiko’s research, the Emergency Departments at Baystate Medical Center, Baystate Wing Hospital, Baystate Franklin Medical Center, and Baystate Mary Lane Hospital have incorporated fall screenings for patients 55 years and older. At-risk patients are referred to the Fall Prevention Initiative Physical Therapy Program.

Additionally, this study earned Dr. Kartiko the Office of Faculty Affairs Supporting Scholarship among Junior Faculty award in early 2019.

Refer to pages 92-93 of the EAST Annual Scientific Assembly 2019 program book for Dr. Kartiko’s study.

Charlotte Boney, MD, MS, Chair
Laura Pinkston Koenigs, MD, FSAHM, FAAP, Vice Chair for Education
Department of Pediatrics

incontentboneykoenigs 250x250Two UMMS-Baystate faculty members are now serving as Subboard Chairs for The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). Charlotte Boney, MD, MS, Chair of Pediatrics, and Laura Pinkston Koenigs, MD, FSAHM, FAAP, Vice Chair for Education, Department of Pediatrics, have been elected to lead their respective Subboards within the ABP, each serving a two-year term that began January 1, 2019. Dr. Boney now heads the Subboard of Endocrinology and Dr. Koenigs the Subboard of Adolescent Medicine.

As Subboard Chairs, Drs. Boney and Koenigs will review the qualifications for diplomate status in their respective subspecialties; determine the content area for expertise in their subspecialties, and help write examinations for certification.

The American Board of Pediatrics includes the following subspecialties: Cardiology, Critical Care Medicine, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hematology-Oncology, Hospital Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Nephrology, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, and Child Abuse Pediatrics. To become a general member of a Subboard, an individual must be elected by his or her peers to serve a six-year term. Dr. Boney has been a member of the Subboard of Endocrinology since 2015; while Dr. Koenigs has been on the Subboard of Adolescent Medicine since 2014.

Congratulations to Drs. Boney and Koenigs on this tremendous honor!
(Dr. Boney is pictured above at right, and Dr. Koenigs is pictured above at left)

Learn more about the Subboards of the ABP.

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