Dr. Namirah Jamshed Named House Call Educator of the Year

The American Academy of Home Care Medicine (AAHCM) has named Namirah Jamshed, MD, the 2014 House Call Educator of the Year.

May 23, 2014

National Honor Recognizes Leaders In Geriatrics Education

Washington, D.C. May 23, 2014 – The American Academy of Home Care Medicine (AAHCM) has named Namirah Jamshed, MD, the 2014 House Call Educator of the Year. Dr. Jamshed is a geriatrician with the Medical House Call Program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She was awarded the distinctive honor for being a national leader in geriatrics education. She is passionate about creating and implementing training programs for interdisciplinary teams, medical students, residents and fellows about how to care for the frail elderly.

Dr. Jamshed joined the Medical House Call team in 2008. Since then, she has implemented a home care medicine curriculum for more than 150 internal medicine residents, as well as training in hospice, hospital geriatrics, and rehabilitation. Her training programs have benefited not only students, but also her team colleagues. In addition, Dr. Jamshed maintains a full house call patient care load and performs hospital on-call duties.

“I am humbled by this honor,” said Dr. Jamshed. “The recognition gives me the confidence to keep doing what I’m doing.”

(Left to Right): Eric De Jonge, MD, director, Geriatrics, MedStar Washington Hospital Center; Dr. Jamshed; Thomas Cornwell, MD, AAHCM President, Theresa Soriano, MD, MPH, chair, AAHCM Awards Committee and AAHCM Board Member.

Last year, Dr. Jamshed received a national competitive grant to create and implement a two-day training in geriatrics for chief residents in the MedStar Health system. The Chief-Residents Immersion Training Grant (CRIT) in care of older adults exposes residency leaders to geriatrics clinical pearls and teaching strategies for chief residents in all specialties within MedStar hospitals. In an effort to facilitate interdisciplinary teaching, Dr. Jamshed created presentation sessions at program team meetings, in which social workers, nurse practitioners, physicians and residents provide presentations on a geriatric topic.

“She is the go-to person to advance geriatric education within the MedStar system,” said George A. Taler, MD, co-director of the Hospital Center's Medical House Call Program. “The elderly population will soon overwhelm the health care system and we need to be prepared.”

Nominated and selected by their peers, award winners are recognized as pioneering clinicians who are bringing house calls back into the medical care mainstream. This award is the highest honor bestowed by AAHCM, an organization of physicians and other home care medicine professionals dedicated to promoting the art, science and practice of medicine in the home.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a 926-bed, major teaching and research hospital. It is the largest private, not-for-profit hospital in the nation’s capital, among the 50 largest hospitals in the nation and a major referral center for the most complex tertiary services. It consistently ranks among the nation’s top hospitals as recognized by U.S.News & World Report. The Hospital Center is a respected top facility in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, orthopaedics, pulmonology and urology. It operates MedSTAR, one of the country’s top shock-trauma and medevac programs, and also operates the region’s only adult burn center.

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