Donesky Selected as Scholar for Emerging Leaders in Aging Program

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The School of Nursing is excited to announce that DorAnne Donesky, PhD, ANP-BC, ACHPN, has been selected as a Scholar for the second cohort of the Tideswell at UCSF, American Geriatrics Society (AGS), and the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs (ADGAP) Emerging Leaders in Aging Program for 2016-2017. The Emerging Leaders in Aging Program—supported with funding from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation—recognizes that, to meet the current and future healthcare needs of our society; we require skilled, dedicated, and passionate leaders in the health professions who are prepared to aggressively promote the dignity and wellbeing of older adults. The program emphasizes augmenting and leveraging existing leadership skills relevant to clinical, research, policy and educational initiatives to make innovative and transformative changes needed to improve care for older adults.

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“The program and the monthly exercises and readings were an essential foundation for building my leaderships skills as I have recently transitioned into the role of directing the Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Program.” Dr. Laura Wagner [2015-2016 Scholar].

Donesky is among 16 select scholars who will spend their year in the program. Utilizing principles from applied behavioral sciences and the start-up culture in Silicon Valley, the unique Emerging Leaders in Aging Program aims to complement existing leadership development efforts in healthcare for older adults by working with new leaders to apply skills to pressing, real-time challenges they face as an emerging leader.

About the Tideswell at UCSF, AGS, ADGAP Emerging Leaders in Aging Program: Tideswell at UCSF, The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs (ADGAP) Emerging Leaders in Aging Program is for new to mid-career health professions leaders in the field of aging. To meet the current and future needs of our aging society, we require skilled, dedicated and passionate leaders who are prepared to “Lead Tidal Change in Aging”. It is a time that demands leaders to provide vision, meaning, direction and focus to organizations and health professionals. It calls for leaders ready to “Scale Up for Our Future” and insure optimal care for older adults. Applications for the 2017-2018 cohort will be available in December 2016. For more information, visit

About UCSF: UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises two top-ranked hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, and other partner and affiliated hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the Bay Area. Please visit