Review of a Geriatric Health Literacy Workshop for Medical Students and Residents


  • Timothy W. Farrell MD

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    1. Division of Geriatrics, School of Medicine, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Veterans Affairs Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, Utah
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The “Geriatric Health Literacy Workshop for Medical Students and Residents” developed by Seema Limaye, MD, introduces medical students and residents to important concepts in communicating with older adults with low health literacy through a variety of teaching modalities. The workshop is available on the Portal of Geriatric Online Education (POGOe) and includes a didactic session, role-playing exercises, and a critique of patient education handouts. A preworkshop health literacy module and postworkshop clinical observation sessions reinforce the workshop content. The activity is designed to take approximately 2.5 hours to administer to small groups of three to five learners and is also suitable for interdisciplinary teams of health professions trainees. This POGOe product review highlights important features of the workshop and suggests opportunities for improvement.