Integrating and evaluating geriatrics in medical school: a novel approach for the challenge

PUBMED ID:

22087777

PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE

Authors:

Besdine RW, Shield RR, McNicoll L, Campbell SE, Wetle T

Institution:

Department of Geriatric Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912, USA

Title:

Integrating and evaluating geriatrics in medical school: a novel approach for the challenge.

Source

Gerontol Geriatr Educ. 2011;32(4):295-308

Abstract

Brown Medical School developed a comprehensive curriculum in which enriched aging content increased from 22 to 80 hours in preclerkship courses and was also added for clerkships, residencies, and nongeriatrician physicians. Innovative evaluation strategies are also described. Highlights include "treasure hunts" in the anatomy laboratory, a Scholarly Concentration in Aging, Schwartz Communication Sessions, a Website of aging-related materials, and a monthly column in the state medical journal. Evaluation includes "tracking" to compute the "dose" of aging content, and "journaling" and focus groups to evaluate students' responses. Integrating geriatrics across a broad range of courses and clinical experiences is feasible.