The Geriatrics Skills Workshop is a pre-clerkship block elective, which takes place over eight Thursday evening sessions over blocks seven and eight (August-November), 6-7:30 p.m. There is a maximum of 20 students within the workshop, and students earn two credits upon passing. There are no prerequisites for taking the workshop, and the grading is pass/fail.

Course directors: Aimee Garcia, M.D., and Gerry Salmeron, M.D.


  • To improve student assessment skills of older adults
  • To introduce unique aspects of communicating with and examining older persons
  • To recognize and correctly use equipment and assistive devices for the elderly

Learning Activities

The focus is on improving interactions with older persons. Techniques for assessing mental status, mood, physical functioning, wounds, sensory impairment and physical findings in the elderly will be covered. Instruction will be provided through lecture, small group discussion, role play and hands on skill building sessions. Students will have an opportunity to practice communication and assessment skills with senior patients who live in the community.


  • On campus - DeBakey Building Classrooms (3rd or 4th Floor)
  • Off campus - Garden Terrace Center, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Colonial Oaks Assisted Living and Belmont Village