PAM 630: Geriatrics

Course Description Deals with aging and long-term care and continues to build on the student's awareness of the social context in which health care is provided to the elderly and the chronically ill. The course emphasizes the development of communication skills necessary to enhance the humanistic practice of geriatric medicine, and prepares PA students to provide quality health care to elderly individuals in the community, long term care settings, and acute care settings. The core geriatric problems, i.e., confusion, delirium, dementia, depression, polypharmacy, dysmobility, falls, decubitus ulcers, and incontinence, are covered. Students also explore the ethical/legal issues of geriatric care. Emphasis is on the application of medical knowledge to clinical situations in the geriatric population with sensitivity and understanding, and on enhanced communication through group discussions and written work.
  
Prerequisites
  
Credits 1