Overview of our Education and Training Programs
Geriatrics is the branch of medicine that focuses on health promotion and the prevention and treatment of disease and disability in later life (The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging, 2009).
We are dedicated to promoting the optimal health, function and well-being of older adults. By improving the education and training of health care professionals, we hope to advance the knowledge and skills in the basic and specialty care of the aging population.
We have opportunities to introduce medical students, physician assistant (PA) students, nurse practitioner (NP) students, medical and non-medical residents and fellows to the field of Geriatrics. We hope to encourage interest and understanding of the wide reach and application of this specialty in every aspect of medical and surgical practice.
For the student interested in the clinical care of elderly patients, in the health care system as it relates to a rapidly aging population, or in aging research. Applies to:
- Medical students
- PA students
- NP students
- Medical residents
At the end of the rotation, the learner should be able to show competence in:
- Patient Care – ability to perform a comprehensive geriatric assessment
- Medical Knowledge – know the common geriatric syndromes and their management, aging physiology, atypical presentations of illnesses (at least one)
- Practice – Based Learning Improvement – develop a clinical question and search for best evidence
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills – learn how to run a family meeting
- Professionalism – determine and adhere to patient’s advance directives and goals of care
- System – Based Learning – access appropriate community services for patient (i.e. skilled home care, SNF, hospice care)
can be tailored to the learner’s interest and training level
- Instruction method – combination of direct hands-on experience, small group didactic sessions, bedside teaching, or case-based as a member of the Geriatrics team; learning experience can be primarily in-patient, out-patient, home-based, or a combination.
- Didactic session –
- Weekly Geriatrics Conference every Thursday afternoon, St. Luke’s Hospital, Muhlenberg 4, Conference Room D,
- Starting with Interdisciplinary Team meeting (12:30 pm – 1:30 pm),
- Followed by Clinical Conference (1:30 pm – 3:30 pm) – clinical or basic lecture, journal club, morbidity & mortality conference, seminar/ workshop on documentation, coding, billing.
- Activities –
- Geriatrics & Palliative Care consultation (in-patient),
- Acute Geriatrics Care (in-patient teaching service, Team E),
- Office Practice
- Community Influenza Vaccination drive (October to December)
- Community Health Outreach and Education
- Supervision – directly provided by a faculty physician in the Division of Geriatrics and by a Geriatrics fellow
- Patient Care – direct observation of comprehensive geriatric assessment by supervising faculty physician
- Medical Knowledge – pre and post-rotation test
- Practice – Based Learning Improvement – present a mini-lecture based on clinical question
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills – participation in a family meeting
- Professionalism – completion of health care proxy, or MOLST form with a patient
- System – Based Learning – referral to a skilled home care agency or hospice care agency, do home visit
Over-all evaluation will be based on direct observation and feedback from faculty physician/s. Direct feedback will be provided to the learner before the end of the rotation.