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Victoria Walker, MD, CMD, is chief medical and quality officer with the Good Samaritan Society. This web page features her latest information and guidelines for Good Samaritan Society medical directors.

Get your flu shot!

With the 2015-16 flu season upon us, Dr. Walker provides a reminder of the importance of the vaccination. Click here to watch.

“To the Point”

To read the latest editions of Dr. Walker's newsletter for medical directors, please click here.

Risks and benefits of specific medications

Residents should only receive those medications necessary to treat their conditions. Any drugs used should generally be:


• Useful for treating the identified condition;
• Have some measurable clinical effect;
• Be given at the lowest dose that works; and
• Used only as long as they are clinically worthwhile.


The resident’s provider (physician, nurse practitioner {NP} or physicians’associate {PA}) should explain the intended benefit(s) of every drug — individually or in combination with others — and the likely or possible risks associated with using them. Every medicine has potential associated risks. It is impossible to discuss all risks, so we provide educational materials for many medicines. It is important that you agree that the intended benefits outweigh the potential risks. Click here for details and patient information materials.

EMR guidance packet

Click here for the packet of information that will help you access the electronic medical record (EMR) in the Good Samaritan Society center you serve. Staff members are happy to help you navigate and search for the information you need during your visits to our center.

Financial help for CMD certification

Grant funding is available to help our medical directors achieve AMDA Medical Director Certification. To learn more and apply for funding, click here.

Medical Director Training for Managing Dementia-Related Behaviors

Working with our Medical Director Advisory Group, Dr. David Sandvik and Dr. David Brechtelsbauer, Dr. Walker has created a video training series focused on the role of the medical director in managing dementia related behaviors.


After viewing all six videos in the course, Good Samaritan Society medical directors are asked to complete the survey at the end of this course listing. CMD credits are available for those who finish the training and the survey. To begin, click here.

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