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Geriatrics Competencies by Specialty

Many disciplines have created minimum geriatric competencies to assure that the graduating learner provides competent care to older patients. The list below includes all of the Geriatric Competencies that are available on POGOe.

Minimum Geriatric Competencies - Medical Students, Emergency Medicine Residents and IM-FM Residents (a POGOe product)
This product contains the list of minimum competencies for each discipline as well as a side-by-side comparison of all three.

AAMC Geriatric Competencies for Medical Students (DOC, PDF, Pocket Card) - Publication on the competencies
List of minimum graduating medical student competencies to assure competent care to older patients by new interns.

Minimum Geriatric Competencies for Emergency Medicine Residents (DOC, PDF) - Publication on the competencies
List of minimum competencies to assure competent care to older patients by emergency medicine residents.

Minimum Geriatric Competencies for IM-FM Residents (DOC, PDF) - Publication on the competencies
List of minimum competencies to assure competent care to older patients by IM and FM residents.

Geropsychiatric Nursing Competency Enhancements (a POGOe product)
These enhancements are not intended to ‘stand-alone,’ but rather to enhance existing or to-be-developed competencies by relevant professional nursing organizations.

Multidisciplinary Competencies (PDF)
Multidisciplinary competencies in the care of older adults at the completion of the entry-level health professional degree.

Geriatric Fellowship Curriculum Milestones
The Geriatric Fellowship Curriculum Milestones build on the geriatrics competencies developed for medical students and residents.
Geriatric Social Work Competencies Scale II (History of the Development of Gerontological Social Work Competencies)
These 40 geriatric social work competencies measure social work students’ and practitioners’ self-efficacy in working with older adults, and may be used as classroom learning objectives and field education learning outcomes.

Proposed Competencies in Geriatric Patient Care for Use in Assessment for Initial and Continued Board Certification of Surgical Specialists

Geriatrics End‐of‐Training Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs)
EPAs are the critical activities that define a specialty. These are written from the perspective of an end-of-training geriatrics fellow who is ready to enter into unsupervised practice. They are not intended to capture every entrustment decision that occurs over the course of fellowship training.

GAPNA (Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association) Consensus Statement on Proficiences for the APRN Gerontological Specialist 2015  This essential document maintains that the current APRN Consensus Model, which blends the care of all adults and older adults, may not adequately prepare APRNs sufficiently to care for geriatric patients with multiple, chronic, and complex conditions, or to address end-of-life care goals. Nurses who specialize in the care of older adults are able to use their knowledge and experience to anticipate needs and deliver appropriate care: improving quality of life, reducing cost, and improving outcomes. This new consensus statement outlines twelve proficiencies that demonstrate gerontological specialist-level practice, which can be used to guide educational and top of the consensus model pyramid certification standards in the future.