Family practice physicians encounter older patients with a variety of medical concerns. The Division of Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology works with the residents in Family Medicine to educate them about the unique medical needs of older patients through required month-long rotations.
Geriatric rotations often include one or more workshops, didactic and interactive events facilitated by experts in their fields. Topics of particular focus include:
Each resident also is assigned to provide nursing home care and will visit a nursing home once each block. View a sample rotation schedule ›
Requirements in geriatrics training for Internal Medicine residents have been revised for the 2009-2010 academic year to require two weeks during the intern year. In this introduction to geriatrics as a medical sub-specialty, resident interns will work with geriatricians, pharmacists and other members of our program. Self-tutorial didactics provide instruction in some of the major geriatric medical issues. Our faculty members will identify patients who illustrate the learning objectives. Internal medicine residents are often surprised to learn that working with older patients can be extremely rewarding.
The Division of Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology also collaborates with the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Long Beach to give third-year Internal Medicine residents a two-week rotation concentrating on the needs of older patients. View a sample rotation schedule ›
In line with competencies suggested by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, both rotations increase the resident's knowledge of:
UC Irvine and external residents who opt for an elective in geriatrics do so for two main reasons: to explore pursuing a fellowship in geriatrics and to increase their knowledge of older patients' needs. Our elective curriculum is focused on educating these physicians about the unique medical, psychological and social needs of older patients. Our faculty members enjoy sharing the challenge and gratification that comes from working with this interesting population.
Topics of particular focus are:
Goals include educating the physician about:
To meet these goals, residents are assigned experiences in:
For more information about our residency programs, contact:
Division of Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology
200 S. Manchester Ave., Ste. 835
Orange, CA 92868