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Geriatrics Seminar, Human Development and Health Course

Geriatrics Seminar, Human Development and Health Course

University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Author(s):  
Gail Sullivan, MPH
Sponsor: 
AAMC/John A. Hartford Foundation
John A. Hartford Foundation
POGOe Id: 
18703
Date Posted: 
12/04/2006
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
09/28/2012
Abstract: 

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.

Educational objectives: 

Teaches the biopsychosocial model, epidemiology, study methods, ethics, and legal issues. Learners should be able to:

  1. Identify ageism in health care and society, and non-ageistic alternatives.
  2. Identify social factors that effect health in older adults.
  3. Identify factors associated with successful aging.
  4. Obtain a sexual history from an older person.
Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

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 gsullivan@nso1.uchc.edu

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Suggested Citation:
Gail Sullivan. Geriatrics Seminar, Human Development and Health Course. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2006 Available from: https://pogoe.org/productid/18703