Aiming to improve care of older adults: An innovative faculty development workshop

Elizabeth Eckstrom, Sima S. Desai, Alan J. Hunter, Elizabeth Allen, Craig Tanner, Linda M. Lucas, Carol L. Joseph, Marnie R. Ririe, Melanie N. Doak, Linda Humphrey, Judith Bowen

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INTRODUCTION/ AIMS: Internists care for older adults and teach geriatrics to trainees, but they often feel ill-prepared for these tasks. The aims of our 1-day Continuing Medical Education workshop were to improve the knowledge and self-perceived competence of general internists in their care of older adults and to increase their geriatrics teaching for learners. SETTING: Two internal medicine training programs encompassing University, Veterans Affairs, and a community-based hospital in Portland, OR, USA. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Course faculty identified gaps in assessment of cognition, function, and decisional capacity; managing care transitions; and treatment of behavioral symptoms. To address these gaps, our workshop provided geriatric content discussions followed by small group role plays to apply newly learned content. Forty teaching faculty participated. PROGRAM EVALUATION: Participants completed 13-item multiple-choice pre- and post-workshop geriatric knowledge tests, pre- and post-workshop surveys of self-perceived competence to care for older adults, and completed an open-ended 'commitment to change' prompt after the intervention. Knowledge scores improved following the intervention (61% to 72%, p<.0001), as did self-perceived competence (11 of 14 items significant). Seventy-one percent of participants reported success in meeting their commitment to change goals. DISCUSSION: A 1-day intervention improved teaching faculty knowledge and self-perceived competence to care for older patients and led to self-perceived changes in teaching behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1053-1056
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of general internal medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2008


  • Continuing Medical Education workshop
  • Geriatrics
  • Graduate Medical Education
  • Standardized learners

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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