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Medical Electives

There are currently three (3) geriatric electives available for selection by students to fulfill their requirements:

  • Research in Geriatric Medicine
  • Geriatric Consultation
  • Community Gerontology

Course descriptions for each of the geriatric electives are provided in succession below. Students interested in taking one or more of the courses are encouraged to contact the course director at the number indicated for more detail.

Elective Title: Research in Geriatric Medicine

Course Number: MEDU-4007

Duration/Week: 4

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Internal Medicine Core Clerkship and an interest in the treatment of the elderly

Responsible Faculty: Director: James Goodwin, MD

Other Faculty:
James Goodwin, MD
Loretta Grumbles, MD
Mukaila Raji, MD
Elena Volpi, MD, PhD
Glenn Ostir, PhD
Jean Freeman, PhD

Report to: Tony DiNuzzo, PhD
Jennie Sealy Hospital, Room 3.228 at 8am first day of rotation.
Phone number: 409-772-5367 e-mail: adinuzzo@utmb.edu

Time Offered: Periods 1-11: including Christmas vacation period

Maximum Enrollment: 2 students per period

Goals
To provide the student with the opportunity to do research in Geriatric Medicine. The Division of Geriatrics and the Center on Aging both offer opportunities in interdisciplinary research, health care delivery and minority aging. The Edward T. and Ellie Weisiger Lefeber, Sr. Award is offered annually to a student for research during the senior year in Geriatrics.

Objectives

  1. To develop skills necessary for effective research in Geriatrics.
  2. To develop a project independently or participate in on ongoing research in the Division of Geriatrics.
  3. To present findings orally and in writing.

Description of the activities of the course
The student will be expected to develop a project for the elective period, which will include a literature review, the outline or plan of the research proposal, statement of problem and experimental design, analysis of data, formulation of a conclusion and presentation of the work. This will be done under the supervision of a faculty member. If this is done as the Lefeber Scholar, the student will receive an award at graduation.

Type of students who would benefit from the course
This course would be important for a student planning a career in Family Medicine, Primary Care, Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, or Preventive Medicine.

Method of student evaluation
Evaluation of research by faculty mentor.

Elective Title: Geriatric Consultation

Course Number: MEDU-4030

Duration/Week: 4

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Internal Medicine Core Clerkship

Responsible Faculty: Director, Anita Mercado, MD
Other Faculty:
James Goodwin, MD
Mukaila Raji, MD
Folasade Ojo, MD

Report To: Rhonda Bailes
Jennie Sealy Hospital, Room 3.118 at 8am first day of rotation.
Phone number: 409-772-8333 or email: rbailes@utmb.edu

Time Offered: Periods 1-11: including Christmas vacation period

Maximum Enrollment: 1 student per period

Goals

  1. To provide the student with an experience in geriatric consultation and pre-operative assessment.
  2. To learn systematic evaluation of common clinical problems of the elderly.
  3. To understand comprehensive geriatric assessment.

Objectives
Student will improve their ability to:

  1. Appreciate the importance of multidisciplinary care in the evaluation and management of older patients.
  2. Evaluate and manage common clinical problems in the elderly, including pre-operative assessment.
  3. Organize appropriate discharge planning and follow-up of older patients.

Description of the activities of the course

  1. Participate in inpatient consultation rounds and geriatric assessment of patients in surgical wards. This team now co-manages all patients aged 70 and above on the orthopedic service.
  2. Students will be given daily reading assignments on clinical issues.
  3. Students will participate in organized interdisciplinary meetings.
  4. Students will attend all Geriatrics structured lectures (3 per week).

Types of students who would benefit from the course
This course would be particularly important for a student planning a career in family medicine, primary care, internal medicine, or geriatric medicine.

Method of student evaluation
Observation by faculty.

Elective Title: Community Gerontology

Course Number: MEDU-4033

Duration/Week: 4

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Internal Medicine Core Clerkship and a genuine interest in the health care of elderly patients.

Responsible Faculty: Director: Mukaila Raji, MD
Other Faculty:
Loretta Grumbles, MD
Vinod Kaushik, MD
Maria Camacho, MD
Anita Mercado, MD

Report To: Rhonda Bailes
Jennie Sealy Hospital, Room 3.118 at 8am first day of rotation.
Phone number: 409-772-8333 or email: rbailes@utmb.edu

Time Offered: Periods 1-11: including Christmas vacation period

Maximum Enrollment: 1 student per period

Goals

  1. To provide the student with an experience in geriatric medicine in an off-campus/hospital setting.
  2. To learn the role of a primary care physician.

Objectives

  1. Be able to evaluate and manage elderly patients in a non-hospital based skilled nursing facility.
  2. Be able to evaluate and manage elderly patients in a nursing home facility.
  3. Be able to participate in an interdisciplinary team home visit.

Description of the activities of the course

  1. The student will accompany a faculty member and geriatric fellow in the skilled nursing facility and nursing home.
  2. The student will participate in health prevention and promotion in geriatric community based programs.
  3. The student will be accompanied by a physician, geriatric fellow, geriatric nurse practitioner and other health care team members to assess patients in their homes.

Types of students who would benefit from the course
This course would be particularly important for a student planning a career in primary care.

Method of student evaluation
Observation by faculty and patient report on satisfaction with student.

 

Please submit calendar entries to Janna Perez.

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