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Geriatrics Resources

Advancing opportunities in geriatric medicine for students and professionals is an important goal of the Reynolds Team and is aided by a collection of educational, fellowship and assessment resources.

Resource Links by Topic

Please click on the following topics to access a wide array of resources.

Geriatric Medical Education Teaching Products

POGOe (Portal of OPnline Geriatric Education)- POGOe is the online clearinghouse for high-quality and cutting -edge Geriatric Educational Materials to integrate into teaching. It is a dissemination outlet for clinician educators who develop geriatric education tools and contains materials for all medical learners in a variety of product formats.

Practicing Physician Education Project (PPE)- The PPE toolkits were developed based on a physician survey which identified key geriatric topics to assist practitioners in evaluation and treating the most common geriatric syndrome. The toolkits are intended to help physicians better understand the common "geriatric syndromes" and contain education materials, suggested guidelines, forms and tools for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.

Education on Palliative and End-of-Life Care (EPEC)- To educate all healthcare professionals on the essential clinical competencies in palliative care.

GeriaticWeb- The objective of the GeriatrricWeb is to create a web-based geriatric digital library to be used in the education of health care professionals and in the clinical care of the older patient. GeriWeb is a collaborative effort between the Division of Geriatrics of Palmetto Health Richland Hospital, University of South Caroline School of Medicine and the University of South Caroline, School of Medicine Library. The project was conceived in October 2002 and is funded by a grant from the National Library of Medicine.

GeriaSims- GeriaSims are interactive online learning programs for healthcare professionals and trainees patient care simulations on issues often encountered in the care of elderly patients, developed by the University of Iowa Geriatric Education Center. In each simulation, users ask history questions, perform virtual physical exams, order tests, consult with specialists and other heatlth care professionals, and make decisions about diagnosis, treatment, and other care issues., Feedback is provided regarding decisions and users may ask questions of a simulated mentor to access didactic information about the topic of the simulation.

Geriatrics At Your Fingertips- As more guidelines, algorithms and best practice patterns emerge, this online book summarizes the best thinking in current geriatric medicine.

GERI Pearls- Theses downloadable pocket cards are short concise review of a geriatric topics developed by the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Geriatrics. Topics included: Aging Pharmacology, Constipation, Delirium, Dementia, Depression, Falls, Insomnia, Hospital Admission, Pain Management, Palliative  Care, PreOp Assessment, Pressure Ulcers, Syncope, Urinary Incontinence and Weight Loss.

Geronet UCLA- Developed at the University of California at Los Angeles, this site offers office-based forms, patient and physician education resources based on the Assessing Care of Vulnerable Elders (ACOVE) studies.

John A. Hartford Foundation Consortium for Geriatric Residency Training- Educational resources designed to increase the geriatric content of primary care residency training programs.

Online Geriatrics University (GeriU)- In Florida, the Online Geriatrics University (GeriU) has created e-learning materials for use with medical students, residents, fellows and nurses in long term care. GeriU is a learningn management system with e-learning content funded by the Florida Teaching Nursing Home Program. It is an online community, for long term care and geriatrics education intended for use by all healthcare trainees and professionals in Florida. This site focuses on the development of web-based tools and e-learning that provide formal professional education and public information.

Reference Resources

AgeSource Worldwide- Developed by the AARP, this site describes clearinghouses, databases, libraries, directories, statistical resources, bibliographies and reading lists, texts, and Web "metasites" focused on aging or closely allied subjects and, in most cases, provides Internet links to them.

American Geriatrics Society, Education division- A nationwide not-for-profit association of geriatrics health care professionals, research scientists, and others concerned with improving the health, independence, and quality of life of all older people.

CareTALK- A notional resource that helps caregivers plan, manage, and make decisions across a broad spectrum of issues related to the care, as well as the self-care of the elderly.

Consortium of E-Learning in Geriatrics Instruction (CELGI)- CELGI's mission is to collaborate and facilitate the development and portability of high-quality e-learning materials for gerontology and geriatrics professionals. CELGI is working on developing/incorporating specifications and standards for the creation and evaluation of e-learning materials for geriatric education.

Geriatric Best Practices Initiative- The Geriatric Best Practices Initiative focused on exploring, evaluating and cataloging over 200 Geriatric Best Practices (senior healthcare and non-healthcare) across South Carolina and the region in order to move one stop closer toward meeting the care needs of seniors.

Gerontological Society of America (GSA)- GSA provides researcher, educators, practitioners, and policy makers with opportunities to understand, advance, integrate, and use basic and applied research on aging to improve the quality of life as on ages.

Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing- The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing seeks to shape the quality of health care older Americans receive by promoting the highest level of geriatric competence in all nurses.

National Association of Geriatric Education Centers- NAGEC supports the national network of Geriatric Education Centers (GECs), dedicated to improving the education/training, supply, distribution and quality of health care professionals through strong community-academic partnerships; ultimately to improve the quality of health care for all elderly individuals, including the undeserved and minorities.

Society for Hospital Medicine (SHM) Clinical Toolbox for Geriatric Care- SHM's clinical toolbox was developed by the Geriatric Task Force to provide Hospitalists with a compendium of resources or "toolbox" to facilitate and improve inpatient care of the elderly that affords easy to access resource containing the best assessment tools and, for each one, provide information allowing Hospitalists to quickly locate the best tool for any given clinical situation.

Texas Consortium of Geriatric Education Cneter (TCGEC)- Comprised of nine academic institutions along with a major regional library resource center. They collaborate to advance the development of health professionals' capabilities to improve the lives of older Texans, through better programs, service delivery activities, and resources in the field of aging.

Wisconsin Geriatric Education Center- WGEC is a formal consortium of academic and health care organizations, formed in 1986 for the purpose of creating educational resources and training opportunities in geriatrics for health professionals, faculty, practitioners, and student in Wisconsin.

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)- The AAMC works with medical schools, teaching hospitals, and academic societies to set a national agenda for medical education, biomedical research, and health care. The Association works to strengthen the quality of medical education and training, to enhance the search for biomedical knowledge, to advance research in health sciences, and to integrate education into the provision of effective health care.

AAMC-MedEdPORTAL- A new web-based tool promoting collaboration across disciplines and institutions by facilitating exchange of peer-reviewed educational materials, knowledge, and solutions. It used the AAMC CACHE framework, and will serve as a central repository of peer-reviewed educational materials in all disciplines of medical education.

Competencies Across the Continuum of Health Education (CACHE)- The Group on Educational Affairs (GEA) and the AAMC Division of Medical Education, in conjunction with Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, have developed a Web-based repository for medical education curriculum and assessment materials. The materials are organized in a Cube. Its three dimensions serve to organize the peer-reviewed teaching and/or assessment materials.

Health Education Assets Library (HEAL)- HEAL's mission is to provide free digital materials of the highest quality that meet the needs of today's health sciences educators. HEAL promotes the preservation and exchange of useful educational assets while respecting ownership and privacy. HEAL has begun a peer review process for all submissions. HEAL was initially funded by the National Library of Medicine.

MedBiquitious- Advancing healthcare education education through technology standards that promote professional competence, collaboration, and better patient care. MedBiquitous represents academic, government and corporations such as pharmaceutical companies involved in developing technology standards for healthcare education and competence assessment including a blueprint for professional healthcare education.

Merlot (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching)- An open resource primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online learning materials are collected along with annotations such ass peer reviews and assignments.

General Clinician-Educator Resources

Center for Research in Medical Education- At University o fMiami Medical School, this center serves as a laboratory for application of advanced technology to medical education.

International Virtual Medical School (IVIMEDS)- At the International level, Ronald Harden from the UK founded IVIMEDS, and organization whose mission is to set new standards in medical education through a partnership of leading edge medical schools and institutions, blending high quality e-learning and face-to-face learning. IVIMEDS has about 40 member medical schools from around the world.

Society of General Internal Medicine- The website lists other websites and organizations providing educators with resources useful for teaching clinical geriatrics. The list iis intended to represent resources likely to be useful in any teaching program that focuses on undergraduate or graduate medical education. Descriptions of geriatrics teaching programs or curricula at single institutions are not included.

Stanford Faculty Development Program- One-month training as Clinical Teaching seminar facilitators.

Geriatric Health Resources

Aging in the Know- Created by the American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging, this site offers consumer information on health and aging. It translates professional education resources on aging for a public audience, featuring information on common diseases and disorder that affect older adults. It also includes a What to Ask series that provides practical questions and tips to help consumers work with healthcare providers on developing the  best care plan for themselves of loved ones.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)- NIH's web site for seniors features health information from the National Institutes of Health.

Aging Associations/Societies/Institutes

Administration on Aging (AoA)- AoA is the Federal focal point and advocate agency for older persons and their concerns. Through information, referral and outreach efforts at the community level, AoA seeks to educate older people and their caregivers about the benefits and services available to help them.

American Society of Retired Persons (AARP)- AARP is a nonprofit membership organization of persons 50 and older dedicated to addressing their needs and interests.

American Society on Aging (ASA)- ASA is the largest organization of professionals in the field of aging. ASA's resources, publications, and educational opportunities are geared to enhance the knowledge and skills of people working with older adults and their families.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)- CMS is a Federal agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services; it administers the Medicare program.

National Council on Aging (NCOA)- Founded in 1950, NCOA is a national network of organizations and individuals dedicated to improving the health and independence of older persons and increasing their continuing contributions to communities, society and future generations.

National Institute on Aging (NIA)- NIA, on of the Institutes and Centers of the federal National Institutes of Health, provides leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people.