FM 611 Family Medicine Geriatric Elective
FM 611 Advanced Family Medicine Geriatric Elective
Length: 4 week and 8 week rotations are available
Sites: All sites prior approval required if outside assigned community
Learning objectives (4 week rotation):
- To understand and participate in the interdisciplinary team evaluation of the geriatric patient with multiple complex biopsychosocial problems
- To gain experience in the recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of congestive heart failure, osteoporosis, and diabetes mellitus in a variety of long term care settings
- To gain experience in the recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of dementia and geriatric depression
- To understand the process of advance care directives and to assess how the current health care systems respond to such directives
Additional learning objectives for the 8 week rotation:
- To develop an approach to the evaluation of falls, unintended weight loss, and insomnia in the elderly
- To gain experience in the interdisciplinary evaluation of urinary incontinence
- To gain knowledge of regulatory issues related to long term care in various settings and its impact on clinical practice
- To gain additional experience in geropharmacology
- To develop and present an in service to the nursing staff at Dimondale on a topic to be determined through the continuous quality improvement process at the facility.
Methods of Evaluation: Pass/Fail
- The precepting physician to whom the student was assigned completes the standard Clinical Performance Evaluation.
- A summary of the student’s performance is sent to the student in a form of a letter written by the Associate Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Family Medicine.
- A copy of the letter is sent to the community administrator and to the student’s file.
Method of Instruction:
- One-On-one precepting at the sites noted above
- Teaching rounds at nursing home
- Didactic sessions with geriatrician
- Selected reading
- Regularly scheduled case conferences and seminars