Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards, and honors.
A joint study co-authored by Jeffrey A. Linder, MD, MPH, at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, and Jason Doctor, chair of the health policy and management department at the University of Southern California-Los Angeles, was recently published in JAMA. The study focused on making doctors aware of how frequently they prescribe antibiotics compared with their peers and how this might be the most effective way to prevent unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions in the long term. Dr. Linder, co-author of the study and the Chief of the General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics division said the findings indicate hospital systems should consider implementing similar interventions on a long-term basis. "Doctors are people too and we want to be liked by people, and we want to do well relative to our colleagues," he said. "Why shouldn't doctors respond to the same sort of peer comparisons and social norms that everyone does?"
A study by Michael Wolf, PhD, MPH, professor of Medicine and Medical Social Sciences, was recently noted in the Washington Post: Research shows that seniors tend to prioritize other medical conditions over asthma, perhaps because they minimize symptoms and underestimate their impact, suggested Michael Wolf, a professor of medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “Older adults have a tendency to ignore difficulties with breathing,” noted Rachel Taliercio, a pulmonologist at the Cleveland Clinic. “Instead of thinking this could be asthma, they think, ‘I’m overweight, I’m out of shape, I’m getting older, and this is normal at this time of life.’ ”
Treating the Whole PersonJeffrey Linder, MD, MPH, the new chief of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, was recently profiled on the Northwestern Medicine Magazine: One of the most important conclusions Jeffrey Linder, ’97 MD, MPH, has drawn in his research to date is the simple fact that doctors are people, too. That truth seems intuitive, but it has not always been obvious when investigating strategies to encourage physicians to stop prescribing unnecessary antibiotics. “Doctors don’t always seem to respond rationally, just like everybody else,” explains Linder, Feinberg’s new chief of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics in the Department of Medicine and the Michael A. Gertz Professor of Medicine. “If we want to change their behavior, we have to address the underlying reasons for it — the way people actually think and behave, not the way we hope they will. Wagging our finger and simply telling doctors they should stop doing something doesn’t work.”
The AMA Wire® “When I Knew I Medicine Was My Calling” series profiles a wide variety of doctors, offering a glimpse into the lives of the busy women and men navigating new courses in their careers and in American medicine. No matter their age, their specialty or their career stage, they were born to do this and they tell us why.
Share a moment with:Lee A. Lindquist, MD, MPH, MBA, geriatrics section chief, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, about why she remains driven by the power of healing and the indelible connections they form with patients and families.
- Lee Lindquist, MD, MPH, MBA, Associate Professor of Medicine, was recently featured in a Kaiser Health News online article: Lindquist, Chief of Geriatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, wondered if people could become better prepared for family emergencies dealing with older parents, and so she designed a research project to find out. The result is a unique website, www.planyourlifespan.org, which helps older adults plan for predictable problems during what Lindquist calls the “last quarter of life” — roughly, from age 75 on. “Many people plan for retirement,” the energetic physician explained in her office close to Lake Michigan. “They complete a will, assign powers of attorney, pick out a funeral home, and they think they’re done.” What doesn’t get addressed is how older adults will continue living at home if health-related concerns compromise their independence.
- The Department of Medicine is pleased to welcome Jeffrey Linder, MD, MPH, into the role of Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics.
Dr. Linder completed medical school at Northwestern, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, before going on to the University of California, San Francisco, to complete his residency. He then went on to Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School to complete a research and clinical fellowship, and earn an MPH in clinical effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Linder has held an academic appointment with Harvard since the completion of his clinical fellowship. While a member of the Harvard faculty, Dr. Linder held a number of leadership posts, including serving as the Director for the Brigham and Women’s Primary Care Practice-Based Research Network and Fellowship Site Director for the Harvard Medical School Fellowship in General Medicine and Primary Care. Dr. Linder’s research interests are focused on healthcare quality.
Lee Lindquist, MD/MPH/MBA, Associate Porfessor of Medicine in Geriatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, was recently featured in a Kaiser Health News article on the Washingon Post:
Nearly one-third of people age 51 and older experience fatigue, according to a 2010 study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. (Other estimates are lower.) There are plenty of potential culprits: Sleep problems, pain, gastrointestinal reflux and medications for blood pressure can induce fatigue, as can infections, arthritis and other conditions, an underactive thyroid, poor nutrition and alcohol use. All can be addressed, doctors say. Perhaps most important is ensuring that older adults remain physically active and don’t become sedentary.
“If someone comes into my office walking at a snail’s pace and tells me, ‘I’m old; I’m just slowing down,’ I’m, like, ‘No, that isn’t right,’ ” said Dr. Lindquist. “You need to start moving around more, get physical therapy or occupational therapy and push yourself to do just a little bit more every day,” she said.
Chairman's Office AnnouncementThe Department of Medicine is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Linder, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School has accepted the role of Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. Dr. Linder will join the Northwestern community as Professor of Medicine on March 1, 2017.
Dr. Linder completed medical school at Northwestern, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, before going on to the University of California, San Francisco, to complete his residency. He then went on to Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School to complete a research and clinical fellowship, and earn an MPH in clinical effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Linder has held an academic appointment with Harvard since the completion of his clinical fellowship. While a member of the Harvard faculty, Dr. Linder held a number of leadership posts, including serving as the Director for the Brigham and Women’s Primary Care Practice-Based Research Network and Fellowship Site Director for the Harvard Medical School Fellowship in General Medicine and Primary Care. Dr. Linder’s research interests are focused on healthcare quality. He is currently the PI on an R01 entitledExamining Non-Visit-Based Antibiotic Use to Improve Safety and Limit Resistance. He has co-authored 86 peer-reviewed papers, with 15 being published in the last year.Please join us in welcoming Dr. Linder back to Northwestern.
As we move forward with this transition, the Department wishes to thank Gary J. Martin, MD, Raymond J. Langenbach, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine, for his service as interim chief of the division. His leadership of the division during this time has been instrumental in securing additional support for our clinical practices, facilitating recruitment of several new faculty members, and continued support for growing our distinctive research programs.