University of Connecticut School of Medicine
The Human Development and Health course teaches the biopsychosocial model, epidemiology, study methods, ethics, and legal issues. The two-hour geriatrics seminar occurs after a large group lecture on Psychosocial Aspects of Aging and Successful Aging. The large group is divided into groups of no more than 10 students. These small groups meet with a geriatrics facilitator (faculty, fellows, nurse practitioner, sociologist or other gerontologists) for an interactive 2 hour session on ageism, successful coping strategies, and quality of life issues for older persons. At the start of the session, the small group views a short documentary. This is followed by a lively discussion structured with questions by the facilitator.
Teaches the biopsychosocial model, epidemiology, study methods, ethics, and legal issues. Learners should be able to:
- Identify ageism in health care and society, and non-ageistic alternatives.
- Identify social factors that effect health in older adults.
- Identify factors associated with successful aging.
- Obtain a sexual history from an older person.
120 students followed this course in a medical school classroom since 2006 (updated annually). For more information or additional materials, please email Dr. Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org