Course Catalog

Department MEDICINE Campus Birmingham
Course Type(s) Special Topic Facility VA Medical Center-Birmingham
Course Director MARIANTHE GRAMMAS, MD Enrollment Limit 2
Contact PEGGY O'NEAL Enrollment Minimum 1
Email Address CH19 201A, zip 2041
Phone (205) 934-1295 Fax (205) 934-7354
Normally Offered

See Offering Dates
6-6, 44-44
Prerequisites NONE 
Visiting Students
No LCME students accepted.
No osteopathic students accepted.
Course Description Persons 65 years of age and older constitute about 13% of the U.S. population. However, they consume a large portion of our health care budget. The US Census Bureau has projected that by the year 2030, the proportion of persons 65 years of age and over would be 20% of the population. Persons 85 years of age and over are the fastest growing segment of our population. No matter which discipline of medicine you practice in, your patients will very likely include many older adults. Understanding the unique and often complex issues associated with caring for older adults will enhance your ability to make a significant difference in the lives of these patients. By attending the course, you will learn the basic skills of managing common medical problems in older adults in the setting of multiple other medical problems, polypharmacy and functional decline. You will have the opportunity to evaluate older patients on your own, under the direct supervision of UAB geriatricians. A wide variety of experiences will be provided including geriatric primary care, specialty clinics in falls and incontinence, and a visit to a continuing care retirement community. We hope you will take this opportunity to learn about the healthcare of older adults.
Where To Report Contact Course Director for details.
Requirements 1. Participate in all scheduled group and patient sessions
2. Complete the required readings and a take-home test based on the readings
3. Present a case on a geriatric syndrome learned during the week to Dr. Grammas on Friday afternoon
Evaluation Pass/Fail based on:
Completion of assigned reading
Participation in patient interactions and group discussions
Thouroughness of patient presentation scheduled for the end of the week