University of New Mexico School of Medicine
The Functional Assessment module is intended to provide basic geriatric medicine information for medical students in the community (throughout the State of New Mexico) completing their PIE (Practical Immersion Experience). The information will assist students in completing their geriatric PIE requirements.
- To understand the aging demographic trends nationally and in New Mexico, particularly their relevance to care for the elderly, including economic impact and impact on the health care system.
- To understand the effect of the "baby boomer" generation on future health care needs.
- To be able to find United States and New Mexico aging population statistics on the Internet in order to understand the relationship of population cohorts to health issues and planning for future health care services.
- To determine who should have a functional assessment.
- To describe the type of screening used in evaluating frail and cognitively impaired older adults, including the function and use of the following screening instruments: Katz ADL Scale Lawton-Brody IADL Scale Get Up and Go Test and Timed Get Up and Go Test Clock Drawing Test Mini-Mental Exam Geriatric Depression Scale.
- To understand how functional assessment benefits the patient and family.
This WebCt module has been made into a PDF and there are some formatting difficulties due to this conversion. While the Webct information is complete, page breaks are not ideal in the PDF version. This is due to the difficulty of using the Webct as the parent software. At a later date we will use other software to create a more attractive format. Used with 1st, 2nd year and 3rd year medical students in a community-based experience, 9 week summer community-based, clinical experience and Geriatric Ambulatory Clerkship, respectively.