CME Program Detail

Title: The 9th Annual Geriatrics & Palliative Care Symposium: Spotlight on Elder Abuse: Now is the Time for Multidisciplinary Collaboration and Intervention Across the Care Continuum
Date: Tue, Jan 14th, 2020
Time: 7:30 am - 12:45 pm
Location: Lang Auditorium

Statement of Need:
Elder abuse is a national epidemic, requiring response from many systems. It cuts across all demographic groups and causes untold suffering. There are many types of elder abuse – and
they can co-occur. Physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, confinement, abandonment. In the recent past, many professionals responded to elder abuse in silos, unable to access resources and knowledge to effectively assist the abused person. Many professionals did not identify elder abuse at all. Now, professionals from healthcare, mental health, guardianship, forensic accounting, law enforcement, social work, Adult Protective Services, victim advocacy, civil/legal, and financial institutions are systematically collaborating on elder abuse cases that otherwise would have gone untouched and unwittingly ignored. Elder abuse Enhanced Multidisciplinary Teams (EMDTs) are sweeping New York State, and offer a central point of response for professionals across the care continuum and beyond.

Target Audience:
Physicians, fellows, residents, medical students, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers, chaplains and other health care professionals.


Robert C. Abrams, MD
Professor of Psychiatry in Medicine & Psychiatry
Weill Cornell Medicine
Psychiatry, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

Risa Breckman, LMSW
Executive Director
NYC Elder Abuse Center
Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine

Alyssa Elman, LMSW
Program Administrator
Vulnerable Elder Protection Team (VEPT)
Department of Emergency Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine

Veronica LoFaso, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine
Medical Director, MDTx

Cynthia X. Pan, MD, FACP, AGSF
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine
Chief, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care Medicine
NewYork-Presbyterian Queens

Anthony E. Rosen, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Geriatric Emergency Medicine
Program Director, Vulnerable Elder Protection Team (VEPT)
NYP/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Deena Schwartz, Esq.
MDT Coordinator
NYC Elder Abuse Center
Weill Cornell Medicine
Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Disclosures: None


Cynthia X. Pan, MD, FACP, AGSF and Jane Morris, MS, RN, ACHPN


• Discuss how to identify elder abuse and respond effectively.
• Analyze the mental and physical forensic indicators of elder abuse to screen potential victims.
• Identify ways to collaborate with interdisciplinary professionals on suspected elder abuse cases.
• Review community-based resources to help victims of elder abuse.


7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks
Joseph T. Cooke, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine
Chairman, Department of Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian Queens

Introduction to Symposium
Cynthia X. Pan, MD, FACP, AGSF

8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
How do You Manage Elder Abuse in Vulnerable Populations?
Risa Breckman, LMSW and Veronica LoFaso, MD

9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Question & Answer Session

9:30a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Break & Instructions for Breakout Session

9:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Skill Building Stations
1. Vulnerable Elder Protection Team-ED
2. Enhanced Multidisciplinary Teams (EMDT)
3. Forensic Indicators of Elder Abuse

Small Group Facilitators:
Robert C. Abrams, MD
Alyssa Elman, LMSW
Veronica LoFaso, MD
Anthony E. Rosen, MD, MPH
Deena Schwartz, Esq.

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Large Group Discussion and Debriefing

12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Evaluations & Wrap Up

12:45 p.m.
Lunch and Networking (Lang Lobby)
Lunch generously supported by an anonymous donor

NewYork Presbyterian/Queens is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NewYork Presbyterian/Queens designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement
The Medical Society of The State of New York relies upon planners and faculty participants in its CME activities to provide educational information that is objective and free of bias. In this spirit and in accordance with the guidelines of MSSNY, CPME and the ACCME, all speakers and planners for CME activities must disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests whose products, devices or services may be discussed in the content of a CME activity, that might be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest. Any discussion of investigational or unlabeled uses of a product will be identified.

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