This podcast is good for those who are interested in: geriatrics, hospice care, palliative medicine, primary care, care of the elderly
Typical length of episodes: 25 minutes
How often a new episode comes out: About once a week
Episode topics: How to have a code status conversation, The Battle For Veterans’ Healthcare, How to Recommend to Stop Cancer Screening, Redesigning Health Care Systems to Be Elder Friendly
Sample episode — “Songs that Inspire, Move, or Make Us Think About Geriatrics or Palliative Care”: In this speaker-packed episode of GeriPal, hosts and guests pick songs that move or inspire them to think about palliative care or geriatrics. Some songs include The Beatles’ “Let It Be” and Bonnie Raitt’s “Nick Of Time”.
Tidbit about the show: There is often a “song request” during the show, so you can break up listening to heavy topics such as implicit bias, conversations about code status, or life after diagnosis with a short, musical cover. If you are interested in the topics GeriPal covers and want to be a contributor, simply contact them regarding your interest. They also do videos like this taste test of the best liquid bowel meds.
About the hosts: Alex Smith, MD and Eric Widera, MD both work at UCSF’s Division of Geriatrics. Dr. Widera is a clinician-educator while Dr. Smith is a clinician-researcher. The pair are also part of a founding team that launched “ePrognosis,” an online set of prognostic calculators for the elderly.