F-MAT Geriatrics Learning Experience
TTUHSC School of Medicine-Lubbock
F-MAT Geriatrics Learning Experience 2011-2012
Welcome to Geriatrics!! Our main goal is for this to be a stress-free learning experience.
When we’re relaxed we can learn new things easier, and this rotation involves a patient
population and care settings which are new for many medical students. Some things,
perhaps many things, you may see for the first time here, especially at some of our
off-site locations. You may well find the community care aspects of this rotation
a pleasant alternative to life at TTUHSC/UMC. But don’t let that fool you for a minute.
Geriatrics is a keenly intellectually challenging field, rendering the need for careful
observation and thoughtful deliberation as to reach the best care decisions for our
patients and their families.
Five things about geriatrics: the first is that geriatrics is all about choices; weighing
alternatives to attempt to come to the best decisions. The second is that each patient
brings you their special story. Each is a puzzle regarding diagnosis, and that age-related
physiologic changes as well as medical conditions render that “every action will have
an opposite reaction” regarding treatment. It is thus incumbent on the learner to
consider the myriad of possible outcomes from doing - - or not doing - - a diagnostic
or therapeutic treatment or procedure, to best relate to the patient and his or her
family the risks and benefits involved in their medical care decisions. The third
is that the first is that geriatrics is a team sport. The roles of many other allied
health professionals you will meet strive to create a safety net for elders who may
be not only physically vulnerable, yet additionally cognitively or socially at risk.
The fourth is that when the clinician iteratively engages in these three realms of
geriatrics, of communicating, educating and working with one’s care team, the professional
fulfillment which ensues is significant. We are the guides of medicine, as well as
technical experts for our patients, their families and for our team. Geriatric patients
as a whole are extraordinarily grateful when they are not treated as less worthy of
dignity, and when one starts caring for elders, students oftentimes realize, “This
is why I wanted to become a doctor; this is why I went to med school in the first
place” Fifth: geriatrics is just plain fun! Don’t be surprised, if you become surprised,
at what a good time you’re having on this rotation.
How the Learning Experience Works:
You’ll be assigned a Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine faculty mentor,
and he or she will be your contact person throughout the year. You’ll have the opportunity
to work through the 9 “GerisSims”´on-line learning modules, and to come on certain
Tuesday and Thursday mornings to assigned activities (which may or may not be with
your faculty mentor). These activities may include the UMC Geriatrics consult service,
outpatient geriatric clinics, long-term care facilities, Assisted Living facilities
and the Lubbock PACE program. You will complete a group project during the year under
the direction of Dr. Betsy Jones. No weekends, no call. This is F-MAT. We’re all adult
learners now. Rather, you will be expected to work on your project and present your
project by the end of the academic year.
- Just show up! This is a required learning experience. Attendance is therefore perfunctory
as well. School of Medicine Attendance policies will be in effect.
- Just have fun! This is an “experiential experience”!. Listen to the stories of elders
you meet, and gain confidence with your clinical skills as a future physician. Just
show you’re interested, in learning and in the patients you’ll meet, and just show
you care. Have FUN with your project. Life will be good!
- Just participate! Keep in touch with your faculty mentor. You’ll do great!
- Just study! Diligence will reap dividends when you take the Exam.
The Geriatric Medicine Program at TTUHSC SOM-Lubbock:
The Geriatric Medicine Program at TTUHSC SOM-Lubbock includes the many clinical sites
you visit on this learning experience. Residents and other allied health disciplines
may be part of our team across the many learning activity settings. TTUHSC SOM-Lubbock
Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Psychiatry residencies all have rotations in
geriatrics, and the TTUHSC SOM-Lubbock Geriatric Medicine Fellowship began in 2009.
Serial studies show that geriatricians have a greater sense of professional satisfaction
than any other medical or surgical specialty!! Considering that our society needs
at least ten times the number of geriatricians currently being trained to achieve
workforce goals, come learn more about our subspecialty regarding your future career
as a family physician. Have a great time!!
Andrew Neal Dentino, M.D. 8.11.11
Links to FMAT Geriatrics Documents
F-MAT 2 Summary Sheet
F-MAT Geriatrics Learning Experience- Contacts
F-MAT Geriatrics Learning Experience - AAMCE Geriatric Competencies
AAMC Geriatrics Competencies 2011
F-MAT Geriatrics Librarian Resources
F-MAT Geriatrics Learning Experience - Neurology Online Learning Resources