Why Do an Undergraduate 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:

  1. To learn what is different about the assessment of an elderly patient, including the approach to multiple problems, mental status examination and the functional assessment.
  2. To become familiar with the atypical presentations of illnesses in the elderly. To be exposed to some common geriatric syndromes including falls, polypharmacy and dementia.
  3. To observe geriatricians and other health professionals working with the older person.

Description:

In addition to the varied clinical exposure, there will be a strong commitment to teaching and close clinical supervision.

Contact: Liz Lacasse: elacasse@toh.on.ca

Location: The Ottawa Hospital – Civic Campus

Duration: 10 hours

Available for: 1st and 2nd years


Geriatric Medicine: 3rd and 4th Years

Objectives:

  1. To perform a comprehensive history and physical examination with special emphasis on mental status, mobility, and functional status;
  2. 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 and polypharmacy.
  3. 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 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.

Contact: Liz Lacasse elacasse@uottawa.ca or from outside Ottawa University electives@uottawa.ca

Location: The Ottawa Hospital – Civic Campus

Duration: 3 – 4 weeks

No. of Students: 2 Students at a time

Available for: 3rd and 4th years