Annette Beyea, DO, MPH, Director of Geriatric Medicine Fellowship

Medical School: University of New England – College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internal Medicine Residency: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Geriatric Medicine Fellowship: University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology in 1999 at Saint Anselm College in NH. I participated in an internship during this experience that led me to a position working as a clinical neuropsychometrist and research assistant, participating in structural and functional neuroimaging research at Dartmouth Medical School. I then earned my medical degree at UNECOM from 2001 to 2005 followed by the completion of an internal medicine residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in 2008, a geriatric medicine fellowship at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 2011, clinical training in hospice and palliative care and board certification in 2012, and a master’s degree in public health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in 2012.

I am privileged to serve the aging population, their caregivers, and a community that is committed to the development, implementation, and expedient evaluation of innovative inter-professional models of care to optimize function and quality of life for the oldest population in the country. I was drawn to Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency because of a clear commitment to rural community medicine with a focus on geriatric care. It is a privilege to work with a medical community that prioritizes excellence in clinical care and education, and the broader integration of high quality geriatric care into primary care to address the unique needs of the individual and the aging population.

Outside of work, I am blessed to have a wonderful family, faith community, and the opportunity to enjoy central ME – a beautiful area that offers four seasons and convenient access to the mountains, lakes, and ocean.

I am a member of the Dirigo-Maine Geriatrics Society and a member of the American Geriatrics Society. My recent presentations and publications include:

Selected presentations

McQuiston C, Bailey J, Rafferty A, Beyea A. Promoting best practice at a level II trauma center: An initiative to develop age specific order sets for pain and as needed (prn) medications in the electronic health record (EHR). Poster presentation at the American Geriatrics Society, Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL: May 15, 2014.

Beyea A, Dunay M, Williams M, Zurich K. Housing as health. Oral presentation at the Council on Aging 2014 Peace Conference, Lake Junaleska, NC: March 28, 2014.

Beyea A, Corbin E, Hebert C, Smith-Hunnicutt N, Smith D, Wilkie S. Geriatric trauma – the Role of the interdisciplinary team to optimize outcomes. Oral presentation at Trauma Grand Rounds, Mission Hospital, Asheville, NC: January 22, 2014.

Beyea A, Woodall T. Adverse neuropsychiatric effects of common medications. Oral presentation at the Mountain Area Education Center Conference, Tough Pharmacologic Decisions in Primary Care: Heart, Lung, Bone, Brain – Evidence Based and Practical Recommendations for Complicated Cases, Asheville, NC: October 26, 2013.

Beyea A, Hanson LC. Oral feeding options in dementia care and decision-making tools: Current research. Panel presentation at the American Geriatric Society, Annual Scientific Meeting, Seattle, WA: May 5, 2012.

Selected publications

Beyea A, Fischer J, Schenck A, Hanson LC. Integrating palliative care information and hospice referral in Medicaid primary care. J Pall Med. 2013;16:376-82.

Beyea A, Stafford RA, Winzelberg G. To drain or not to drain: An evidence-based approach to palliative procedures for the management of malignant pleural effusions. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2012;44: 301-6.

Hanson LC, Rowe C, Wessell K, Caprio TJ, Winzelberg G, Beyea A, Bernard S. Measuring palliative care quality for seriously ill hospitalized patients. J Pall Med. 2012;15:798-804.