Geriatric Medicine

Why Do an Elective in Geriatric Medicine?

Did you know that the majority of your medical career will be spent in the care of the elderly and that by 2020, over 20% of the population will be over 65 years of age? It is estimated that the family physician graduating today will spend at least 60% of his/her clinical practice caring for elderly patients.

Introduction to Geriatric Medicine: 1st and 2nd Years

Objectives:

  • To learn what is different about the assessment of an elderly patient, including the problem list approach, functional assessment, mental status examination and assessment of social supports;
  • To interview patients and become familiar with the special aspects of history taking and physical examination that are of particular importance in the elderly;
  • To be exposed to the atypical presentations of illnesses in the elderly and be exposed to common geriatric syndromes including: dementia/delirium, falls and depression

Supervisor: Dr. A. Byszewski
Location: The Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus

Duration: 10 hour elective

No. of Students: up to 2

Available for: 1st and 2nd years

Geriatric Medicine: 3rd and 4th Years

Objectives:

  • To perform a comprehensive history and physical examination with special emphasis on mental status, mobility, medications and functional status;
  • To become familiar with the atypical presentations of illnesses in the elderly and be exposed to common geriatric syndromes including: dementia, delirium, falls, Parkinson's disease, depression, immobility and iatrogenesis;
  • To become acquainted with the management of complex elderly patients integrating normal physiological changes of aging with pathological diseases and disabilities.

Description:

This elective will concentrate on the integration of hospital-based learning with community-based geriatrics and outpatient ambulatory care. In addition to the opportunity to see many patients in a variety of settings, there will be a strong commitment to teaching with regular small group didactic sessions and close clinical supervision.

The Rushforth Geriatric Scholarship ($500 - $1000) will be awarded annually to a 3rd or 4th year medical student with a demonstrated interest in Geriatric Medicine as a future career and who successfully completes a 2-week selective/elective in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Ottawa.

Supervisor(s): Dr. A. Byszewski
Location: The Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus
Duration: 2 weeks
No. of Students: 2
Available for: 3rd and 4th years

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