Professional Development in Geriatrics for Community-Based Generalist Faculty

Authors

  • Rita M. Willett MD,

    1. From the *Department of Internal Medicine, and Office of Medical Education, Office of Continuing Professional Development and Evaluation Studies, and §Office of Faculty and Instructional Development, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, Virginia
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  • Peter A. Boling MD,

    1. From the *Department of Internal Medicine, and Office of Medical Education, Office of Continuing Professional Development and Evaluation Studies, and §Office of Faculty and Instructional Development, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, Virginia
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  • M. Elizabeth Meyers MS,

    1. From the *Department of Internal Medicine, and Office of Medical Education, Office of Continuing Professional Development and Evaluation Studies, and §Office of Faculty and Instructional Development, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, Virginia
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  • J. Dennis Hoban EdD,

    1. From the *Department of Internal Medicine, and Office of Medical Education, Office of Continuing Professional Development and Evaluation Studies, and §Office of Faculty and Instructional Development, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, Virginia
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  • Sonya R. Lawson PhD,

    1. From the *Department of Internal Medicine, and Office of Medical Education, Office of Continuing Professional Development and Evaluation Studies, and §Office of Faculty and Instructional Development, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, Virginia
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  • Jeanne B. Schlesinger MEd

    1. From the *Department of Internal Medicine, and Office of Medical Education, Office of Continuing Professional Development and Evaluation Studies, and §Office of Faculty and Instructional Development, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, Virginia
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  • Submitted in part as poster presentations for the American Geriatrics Society 2006 Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, and the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Educational Affairs 2006 Southern Regional Meeting, Galveston, Texas.

Address correspondence to Rita M. Willett, MD, Box 980102 VCU School of Medicine, Richmond, VA 23298. E-mail: rwillett@vcu.edu

Abstract

Generalist physicians provide most primary care for older people. Increasingly, undergraduate clinical education occurs in community sites. Hence, community-based generalist faculty members need continuing education in geriatrics to support clinical practice and teaching. The Geriatrics Scholars Program provided continuing medical education (CME) in geriatrics over a 3-year period to 88 participants. Sixty physicians completed 30 or more hours of education and were designated Geriatrics Scholars. On an anonymous exit survey, Scholars reported being better equipped to care for elderly patients and to teach geriatrics and improved patient care in specific aspects of geriatrics, including medication use, cognition, and functional assessment. In summary, community-based generalist faculty who participated in a substantial, 3-year program of geriatrics CME reported that their care of older people and their teaching of geriatrics were enhanced.

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