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Geriatric Curriculum Manuals

These products offer curricular content and teaching program design relevant to the continuum of geriatric clinical settings and for a variety of geriatric syndromes.

Guide to Geriatric Training Across the Continuum of Care

Guidelines for the creation and implementation of four geriatric educational programs have been developed by the Johns Hopkins Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. This Guide contains instructional materials for the design of geriatric training programs in four different clinical settings. These programs are designed for training internal medicine and family practice residents, but they may be adapted for more broad applications, including training geriatric medicine fellows and nurse practitioners.
The four training arenas are described below with a brief description of the goals and key elements for success:

  1. Acute Geriatrics Teaching Program
    Provides program design and curriculum for acute hospital training in geriatric medicine for internal medicine or family practice residents. The focus is on interdisciplinary team care of elderly patients that prevents functional decline, minimizes iatrogenic illness, and emphasizes comprehensive discharge planning.
    Primary Goals: To understand the interaction of acute hospitalization with the physiologic changes of aging to make accurate diagnosis of atypical symptoms, and to implement care that prevents iatrogenic illness and preserves functional status.
    Key Elements: Supervising physician with expertise in geriatric medicine; interdisciplinary team including rehabilitation therapists, social worker, home care coordinator, and nursing staff; case-based teaching rounds; bedside teaching rounds; didactic conferences
  2. Postacute/Rehabilitation Teaching Program
    Includes an outline of a one-month block experience on a geriatric rehabilitation unit that is focused on the functional recovery of elderly patients with acquired disabilities and active medical problems.
    Primary Goals: To familiarize the trainee with a model of health care delivery that emphasizes functional recovery and successful transition of patients back into the community
    Key Elements: Patients who have suffered a loss of function resulting from a recent neurologic, orthopedic, or medical insult; supervising physician with expertise in geriatric medicine; interdisciplinary team experience, didactic teaching rounds and conferences; bedside rounds; family meetings; consultation with a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician
  3. Ambulatory Geriatrics Teaching Program
    Includes materials for the development of an intensive 4-week program providing exposure to ambulatory geriatric medicine. The curriculum features experience in house calls; nursing-home rounds; a retirement community; and in urinary incontinence, rheumatology and metabolic bone clinics
    Primary Goals: To expose trainees to the wide variety of outpatient settings where older adults are cared for including ambulatory clinics, retirement communities, the home, and nursing home, and to understand the evaluation and management of geriatric syndromes often through an interdisciplinary approach.
    Key Elements: Primary care geriatrics practice; continuing care retirement community; metabolic bone disease clinic; urinary continence clinic; geriatric rheumatology clinic; skilled nursing facility; elder house call program; supervising physicians with expertise in geriatric medicine and the above subspecialty disciplines; weekly didactic sessions.
  4. Elder house Call Teaching Program
    Provides instruction for a 1-month inter-disciplinary rotation for residents to evaluate and follow a cadre of homebound elderly patients with chronic disabling diseases.
    Primary Goals: To appreciate both the value and limitations of caring for homebound patients and their caregivers, and to learn how to deliver care in the home as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
    Key elements: Panel of homebound patients who are cared for longitudinally; supervising physician who has expertise in geriatric medicine and experience in house call medicine; interdisciplinary team meetings; didactic sessions.

Developer: Johns Hopkins Division of Geriatric Medicine


26-page saddle-stitched guide, 8 1/2" x 11"
Price: $25, Product ID: HP5

Curriculum for Primary Care Geriatrics, 2nd Edition

Introducing a revised edition. This comprehensive syllabus on ambulatory geriatric and nursing home topics is adaptable as a tool for faculty teachers, residents, and students. Designed as a teaching curriculum for a primary care block rotation in geriatrics, the binder of materials includes geriatric primary care topics, geriatric syndromes, end-of-life issues, and nursing home care. Each of the 26 geriatric topics covered has a set of learning objectives, subject material organized in outline format, and an updated bibliography.

Developer: University of Chicago, Section of Geriatrics


175-page how-to manual, 8 1/2" x 11" with binder
Price: $100, Product ID: HB41

Geriatric Curriculum Guide for Residency Training, 2nd Edition

This revised curriculum for three rotations includes:

  1. Inpatient/Outpatient Geriatric Rotation
    This rotation is for third year medical residents to learn care of acutely ill elderly persons, including evaluation and management of older persons with chronic diseases in ambulatory settings.
  2. Post-acute Care and Rehabilitation Rotation
    This clinical and teaching service is run in a private for-profit UCLA affiliated nursing home with 150 beds. It consists of two patient groups: 1) recently discharged post-acute patients and 2) former post-acute patients, now long-term residents.
  3. Specialty Women's Clinic Rotation
    This rotation focuses on osteoporosis, urinary incontinence and gynecology. Residents are precepted by geriatricians and gynecology faculty; obstetrics-gynecology residents participate as part of their geriatric rotation.

Developer: UCLA School of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics


1-page saddle-stitched guide, 8 1/2" x 11"
Price: $25, Product ID: HP16

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