Geriatrics Certificate for Family Medicine Residents

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Eligibility Requirements
Training Specifics
Learner Objectives


A Geriatrics Certificate will be created and made available to family medicine residents at the JPS Health Network and the UNTHSC/TCOM Plaza Medical Center. The goal is to create family physicians who provide exceptional comprehensive geriatrics care within a complex interprofessional team setting. This would be an impressive certificate on a resume and be highly valued internationally!

Eligibility Requirements

  • Current Family Medicine Resident
  • Clinical experiences in geriatrics
  • Completion of the UNTHSC continuing education modules on geriatrics topics
  • Attendance at the UNTHSC and JPS Geriatrics Grand Rounds
  • Experiential learning participation in the United Way’s Area Agency on Aging (AAATC) evidence-based programs
  • Completion of a Geriatrics Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) project to evaluate the effectiveness of care for elderly patients.
    • The CQI projects may include innovations such as a geriatrics friendly Emergency Department, expanded house call program that links to primary care clinics, and dementia assessments within primary care clinics.
Each resident who participates in the Geriatrics Track and Certificate Program will be assigned a Geriatrician faculty mentor who will monitor the resident’s progress and be a resource through the program.


Training Specifics

Minimum of 6 months of clinical experience in caring for the elderly over 3 years of training
Minimum of 135 hours of didactics (135-150 hours of instruction is number to receive Graduate Certificate from a University)

  • Scheduled afternoon presentations and workshops: 18 hours
  • Geriatrics Grand Rounds: 36 hours
  • SAM Module Care of the Vulnerable Elderly: 12 hours

  • 2nd year Geriatrics Rotation: 48 hours
  • 3rd year Geriatrics Rotation: 24 hours
  • 2 years of Continuity of Care of Patients in the Long Term Care Setting

 Learner Objectives

  • Effectively manage common geriatric syndromes in the chronically ill elderly to optimize health outcomes.
  • Demonstrate proper management of chronically ill patients in the home setting by performing home visits as part of an interprofessional team.
  • Demonstrate proper management of chronically ill patients in the long term care setting by providing physician visits in the long term setting as part of an interprofessional team
  • Develop appropriate interdisciplinary plans after completing a comprehensive geriatric assessment.
  • Create a personalized fall prevention plan for patients who are at risk for falls.
  • Effectively manage patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other related cognitive disorders.
  • Provide comprehensive end of life care for patients with terminal illnesses.
  • Prescribe appropriate medications in the elderly population as evidenced by chart review.
  • Document appropriate interdisciplinary referrals for a collaborative approach to address the effects of health literacy on chronic illness and medication compliance.

This page was last modified on April 4, 2017