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Geriatrics Track

The Geriatrics Track helps better prepare medical students to care for older adults in their professional careers. This track introduces the important psychosocial, behavioral, functional and physical issues of aging. Students participate in patient care in a variety of in and outpatient settings. Faculty mentors work with students throughout the 4-year program and assist in designing and completing a research project. Recognition of the completion of the track will appear on the student's official transcript, will be noted in the commencement program and a letter of accommodation will be placed in the student's academic file.

Goals

  • Provide an integrated 4-year elective program of geriatric experiences
  • Increase knowledge base and sensitivity to the issues of aging adults
  • Introduce the principles of inpatient, outpatient, nursing home, and home care for the elderly
  • Learn function, social, cognitive, and physical assessment skills
  • Facilitate research activities and critical thinking

Course Faculty

Aimee Garcia, M.D. (Course Director)
Laura Morrison, M.D.
Geraldine Salmeron, M.D.
Sarah Selelck, M.D.
Ursula Braun, M.D.
George Taffet, M.D.
John Culberson, M.D.
Susan Williams, M.D.
Joel Salazar, M.D.

Locations

Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Colonial Oaks and Garden Terrace

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
TGIF
ARTS
Skills Course
LACE
Clinical Rotation
Research Project

Year 1 The Texas Geriatrics Interest Foundation

The Texas Geriatrics Interest Foundation, or TGIF, is a joint organization of medical students interested in aging at the University of Texas School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine. Student officers are elected each fall from both schools to coordinate activities and to communicate with classmates about scholarships and other geriatrics opportunities. Each year TGIF sponsors monthly activities focusing on aging. These activities include didactic lunch conferences, panel discussions, social activities with geriatric medicine faculty, and community service experiences with agencies that support seniors. All students, in any year, are welcome to attend TGIF activities.

Year 2 ARTS and Geriatric Skills Courses

Aging Related Themes, or ARTS: During Fall II of Year 2, all Baylor medical students receive 10 hours of lecture on the Physiology of Aging.

Geriatric Skills Workshops: An 8 X 90 minute evening skills course has been designed to provide training in the assessment of older adults. These hands-on sessions address the common history, physical and functional challenges of caring for the elderly. Workshop topics include:

  • History and physical exam skills
  • Functional assessment
  • Physical & occupational therapy
  • Gait and balance assessment
  • Mental status evaluation
  • Use of common medical devices
  • Communicating with the elderly
  • Sensory assessment
  • Breaking bad News
  • Year 3 LACE GeriHomes Pathway

All medical students participate in the Longitudinal Ambulatory Care Experience, or LACE, on Thursday afternoons during Year 3. Students participating in the Geriatrics Track will be assigned to the LACE GeriHomes Pathway and participate in house calls to elderly patients in their home, assisted living community or nursing home. Students will visit adult day centers, hospice, and other community agencies for the elderly.

Year 3 / 4 Clinical and Research Rotations

4-week Clinical Geriatrics Rotation: During the third or fourth year students will participate in a 4-week clinical care rotation at one of three sites:

  • Methodist Hospital Baylor Geriatrics Service
  • Veteran's Affairs Medical Center
  • Geriatric Evaluation and Management Unit
  • Harris Health System
  • Ben Taub Hospital or Quentin Mease Community Hospital

4-week Research Rotation

Students will begin working on a clinical or basic science research project which will have a positive impact on the care of seniors. A research faculty mentor will help in developing the research question, designing a study, collecting data and analyzing the results. Competitive research scholarships are available for travel to the American Geriatrics Society annual meeting to present the research project.

Participation in the Geriatrics Track

All students are welcome to elect any of the Geriatrics Track components without prerequisite completion of previous Track courses. To participate in the Geriatrics Track or for more information on the track and its components, please contact:

  • Elisabeth Pous, Center of Excellence program director, at 713-794-7153 epous@bcm.edu or:
  • Dr. Aimee Garcia, Geriatrics track director, at 713-794-7121 aimeeg@bcm.edu

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