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Margaret Drickamer, MD

Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine & Palliative Care Program
Medical Director, UNC Home Hospice & Hospice Home
Associate Director, Geriatric Fellowship Program

UNC Geriatrics Clinic Provider: Yes
UNC Hospitals Provider: Yes Inpatient Palliative Consultations, NC Memorial Hospital 
UNC Hospitals Hillsborough Campus Geriatric Inpatient Service

Specialty Areas: Geriatric medicine, hospice and palliative care, frail elderly in the community, adaptations to change

Education Chronology:

1982-1984 Residency: Primary Care Internal Medicine, The Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, MA
1981-1982 Intern: Internal Medicine, The Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, MA
1981 MD, CM: McGill University School of Medicine, Montreal, Canada
1977 BA: (MCL) Biology, Harvard College, Cambridge, MA


Professional Chronology:

2013-present Clinical Professor, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics
2014-present Director, UNC Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine
2014-present Service Chief, Acute Care of the Elderly Team / 8 Bed Tower
2013-present Professor Emeritus, Yale School of Medicine
2009-2013 Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine
2007-2013 Adjunct Associate Professor of Nursing, Yale School of Nursing
2006-2013 Medical Director, Home Based Primary Care, VA Connecticut Healthcare System
2003-2013 Medical Director, Whitney Center, Hamden, CT
2002-2013 Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, University of Connecticut, Department of Pharmacy
2001-2013 Medical Director, Arden House, Hamden, CT
2001-2013 Preclinical Clerkship: Director of Geriatric Workshops
2001-2013 Deputy Section Chief for Education, Section of Geriatrics
1991-2013 Director, Yale Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine
1993-2009 Associate Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine
2000-2005 Director Integrated Model of Aging Geriatric Education project
1989-2004 Director, Residency Rotation in Geriatrics
1988-2000 Associate Chief of Staff, VA Connecticut Healthcare System
1986-1993 Assistant Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine
1984-1986 Instructor in Medicine, New York University, Bellevue Hospital, New York, NY


Research:

Dr. Drickamer has extensive experience in the clinical practice and education with a focus on frail elderly in the community. She does qualitative research on issues in ethics and end-of-life care

Selected Bibliography:

  1. Marottoli RA, Drickamer MA. Psychomotor mobility and the elderly driver. Geriatric Clinics of North America 9:403-411, 1993.
  2. Drickamer MA, Marottoli RA. Physician responsibility and driver assessment. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences 306(5):277-81, 1993.
  3. Drickamer MA, Lachs MS. Should patients with Alzheimer’s disease be told their diagnosis? The New England Journal of Medicine 326(14):947-951, 1992.
  4. Lachs MS, Feinstein AR, Cooney LM Jr, Drickamer MA, et al. A simple procedure for general screening for functional disability in elderly patients. Annals of Internal Medicine 112(9):699-706, 1990.
  5. Drickamer MA, Cooney LM Jr. A geriatrician’s guide to enteral feeding. Journal of the American Geriatric Society 41:672-679, 1993.
  6. Drickamer MA, Lachs MS. Telling the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease – a reply. The New England Journal of Medicine 328:736, 1993.
  7. Drickamer MA. Lee MA. Ganzini L. Practical issues in physician-assisted suicide. Annals of Internal Medicine. 126(2):146-51, 1997.
  8. Fried TR. van Doorn C. Tinetti ME. Drickamer MA. Older persons’ preferences for site of treatment in acute illness. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 13(8):522-7, 1998.
  9. Fried TR. van Doorn C. O’Leary JR. Tinetti ME. Drickamer MA. Older persons’ perceptions of home and hospital as sites of treatment for acute illness. American Journal of Medicine. 107(4):317-23, 1999
  10. Fried TR. Pollack DM. Drickamer MA. Tinetti ME. Who dies at home? Determinants of site of death for community-based long-term care patients. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 47(1):25-9, 1999.
  11. Drickamer MA. Commentary: honesty is the best policy. BMJ. 318(7198):1618, 1999.
  12. Fried TR. van Doorn C. O’Leary JR. Tinetti ME. Drickamer MA. Older persons’ preferences for site of terminal care. Annals of Internal Medicine. 131(2):109-12, 1999.
  13. Drickamer MA. Ethics in Clinical Practice. In: Principles and Practice of Geriatric Surgery. Rosenthal R, Zenilman ME, Katlic MR: eds. Spinger Publication Co., New York, NY. 2001 pp. 195-200
  14. Drickamer MA. Legal and Ethical Issues. In: Cobbs EL, Duthie EH, Murphy JB, eds. Geriatric Review Syllabus: A Core Curriculum in Geriatric Medicine, 5th Ed. Malden, MA: Blackwell Prublishing for the American Geriatrics Society; 2002. pp. 19-27
  15. Drickamer MA. Assessment of Decisional Capacity and Competency. In: Hazzard WR et al, eds. Principles of geriatric medicine and gerontology. 5th Ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Professional; 2003. pp 121-125
  16. Drickamer MA. Futility and Goal Setting in the Nursing Home Setting. Institute for Social and Policy Studies Journal. 2003:4;33-36.
  17. Jenq GY, Guo Z, Drickamer MA, Marottoli RA, Reid MC. Timing in the Communication of Pain Among Nursing Home Residents, Nursing Staff and Clinicians. Arch Int Med. 2004;164:1508-12.
  18. Juthani-Mehta M, Drickamer MA, Towle V, Zhang Y, Tinetti ME, Quagliarello VJ. Nursing Home Practitioner Survey of Diagnostic Criteria for Urinary Tract Infections. JAGS. 2005;53:1986-90.
  19. Drickamer MA. Legal and Ethical Issues. In: Cobbs EL, Duthie EH, Murphy JB, eds. Geriatric Review Syllabus: A Core Curriculum in Geriatric Medicine, 6th Ed. Malden, MA: Blackwell Prublishing for the American Geriatrics Society; 2006. pp. 22-31
  20. Leonard R, Tinetti ME, Drickamer MA. Potentially Modifiable Resident Characteristics That Are Associated With Physical or Verbal Aggression Among Nursing Home Residents With Dementia. Arch Int Med. 2006;166:1295-1300.
  21. Drickamer MA, Levy B, Irwin KS, Rohrbaugh RM. Perceived Needs for Geriatric Medicine by Medical Students, Internal Medicine Residents and Faculty. J Gen Intern Med. 2006;21(12):1230-4
  22. Richman S, Drickamer, MA Gynecological Care of the Geriatric Patient. J. Am Dir Assoc 2007; 5: 23-29
  23. Drickamer MA. Legal and Ethical Issues. In: Cobbs EL, Duthie EH, Murphy JB, eds. Geriatric Review Syllabus: A Core Curriculum in Geriatric Medicine, 7th Ed. Malden, MA: Blackwell Prublishing for the American Geriatrics Society; in press due out 2009
  24. Drickamer MA, Lai J JM. Assessment of Decisional Capacity and Competency. In: Hazzard WR et al, eds. Principles of geriatric medicine and gerontology. 6th Ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Professional 2008
  25. Fried TR, Drickamer M. Garnering Support for Advance Care Planning. JAMA. 2010;303(3):269-270.
  26. Drickamer MA. Ethics in Clinical Practice. In: Principles and Practice of Geriatric Surgery. Rosenthal R, Zenilman ME, Katlic MR: eds. Spinger Publication Co., New York, NY. 2011 pp. 179-188
  27. Drickamer MA. Legal and Ethical Issues In: Durso SC, Sullivan GM, eds. Geriatrics Review Syllabus: A Core Curriculum in Geriatric Medicine, 8th ed. New York, NY: American Geriatrics Society; 2013.
  28. Drickamer MA. Legal and Ethical Issues In: Flaherty E, Resnick B, eds. Geriatric Nursing Review Syllabus: A Core Curriculum in Advanced Practice Geriatric Nursing. 4th ed. New York: American Geriatrics Society; 2014.
  29. Drickamer MA. Legal and Ethical Issues In: RS Teaching Slides. NY: American Geriatrics Society; 2013. http://www.geriatricscareonline.org
  30. Drickamer MA. Legal and Ethical Issues In: Geriatrics Review Syllabus, 8th ed, Audio Companion. AL: Oakstone Medical Publishing for American Geriatrics Society; 2013. (anticipated publication Oct-Nov 2013)
  31. Rietjens J, Voorhees J, Drickamer MA. Approaches to suffering at the end of life: the use of sedation in the US and the Netherlands. J Med Ethics 2012;00; 1-6 doi:10.1136/medethics-2012-100561
  32. Voorhees J, Rietjens J, van der Heide a, Drickamer MA.Discussing Physician-Assisted Dying: Physicians’ Experiences in the United States and the Netherlands. The Gerontologist. 2013: 10: 1093-1103.
Margaret Drickamer, MD
  • Phone Number

    919-843-4096 (Office Phone)

  • Address

    5003 Old Clinic

    CB# 7550