University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Medical Student Education

Geriatrics Competencies

"Teaching the Teachers about Needed Medical Student Competencies in Geriatrics"

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WANTED: Faculty whose work involves the care of seniors

The population of seniors in our society is growing exponentially. That's why, since hospitalized seniors stay longer in the hospital, virtually every other acute care bed is now occupied by a senior. And, right now, even though they make up only approximately 15% of the population, approximately 50% of all adult ambulatory care visits are made by seniors. The fastest growing age group in our population is those 85 and older. Not surprisingly, they have the highest health care resource utilization of any age group.

Appropriate and successful management of the elderly requires an understanding of certain principles and dynamics unique to that age group. Because of the large and rapidly growing numbers of seniors and their quite natural needs for health care in their later lives, almost all disciplines in health care from primary care to specialists are actively involved in treating and managing these patients. This wide exposure provides an excellent opportunity for faculty from many disciplines to aid in education trainees about some of the most basic geriatric issues and concepts.

PROGRAM: Seven web-based education modules

Topics covered:

  • Medication management
  • Cognitive and behavioral disorders
  • Self-care capacity
  • Falls, balance, gait disorders
  • Palliative care / Health care planning and promotion
  • Atypical presentation of disease
  • Hospital care for elders

Each module is designed to be completed in approximately 20 minutes; slightly longer to receive CME credit. Each module includes an educational statement with a listing of needed minimal student competencies and a discussion of teaching strategies for that topic. One .5 AMA PRA Category credit (TM) is available at completion of each module.

The University of Vermont College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Vermont designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) (TM). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This program is funded through a Frymoyer Scholar Grant. There are no possible conflicts of interest--all participants are free of any commercial bias.

To register and complete this education program, please access through COMET. Instructions are available here (pdf).

Last modified July 19 2012 11:57 AM