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


  • 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


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