Medical Students

A handful of University of Utah medical school class will go on to specialize in geriatrics. Due to the demographic imperative and the aging of our population, it is estimated that most physicians spend more than half of their time providing care for older individuals. In addition, there is an expanding body of knowledge specific to the care of older patients. Therefore, the University of Utah School of Medicine believes it is important to prepare its graduates to be competent in providing care for older individuals.

The Geriatrics Curriculum

The Medical School at the University of Utah is moving toward a fully integrated curriculum and geriatric competencies are being emphasized throughout all four years of medical school. Competencies have been based on the Consensus conference on Competencies in Geriatrics Education by the American Association of Medical Colleges and the John A. Hartford Foundation. During the MS1 & 2 years geriatric material is primarily integrated into didactics activities. Additionally every medical student spends a minimum of ½ day with a geriatrician in the clinical setting.  During the MS3 & 4 years geriatrics is taught in both the didactic and clinical settings utilizing a variety structured and independent learning activities to reinforce geriatric content.

Geriatric Resources for MS1 & MS2 Students

MS3 Clerkship Materials

Week 1 Functional Assessment and Falls Resource Materials

  • Falls in the Elderly
  • Risk Factors for Mortality Among Elderly People
  • Quality Indicators for the Management and Prevention of Falls and Mobility Problems in Vulnerable Elders
  • Fall-Risk Evaluation and Management: Challenges in Adopting Geriatric Care Practices
  • Will My Patient Fall?
  • What Causes Falls in the Elderly? How Can I Prevent a Fall?

Week 2 Distinguishing between Dementia and Depression Resource Materials

  • Early Diagnosis of Dementia
  • Distinguishing Clinical Features of Degenerative Dementias
  • Dementia in the Older Adult
  • Clock Draw Test
  • Geriatric Depression Scale Short-Form
  • PHQ-9 Depression Assessment

Week 3 Medication Management Resource Materials

  • Polypharmacy and Prescribing Quality in Older People
  • Randomized Trial to Improve Prescribing Safety in Ambulatory Elderly Patients
  • Medication Use Leading to Emergency Department Visits for Adverse Drug Events in Older Adults
  • Updating the Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults
  • Aging Biology and Geriatric Clinical Pharmacology
  • AARP Spanish Personal Medication Record

MS4 Geriatrics Elective (Graduate Certificate in Gerontology - INTMD 7035)