Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
During the surgery clerkship, medical students are exposed to many elderly patients and cover age-related issues on a case-by-base basis. The purpose of this educational initiative is to reach all of the medical students during their surgery clerkship to ensure a baseline of knowledge, skill, and attitude for caring for the older surgical patient. Through a problem-based learning case and working in teams, students will address the following topics: co-morbidity and frailty assessment, discussion of peri-operative assessment and decision-making with regard to surgery, and transitional care planning of the older surgery patient.
- Students will appreciate the unique problems of the increasing number of older adult patients undergoing abdominal surgery
- Students will characterize the medical and surgical causes of acute abdominal pain in the older adult patient
- Students will discuss the approach to an older adult patient with an acute abdomen
- Students will appreciate the complex decision-making and rationale for the management options for an older adult surgical patient (i.e. emergent surgery, serial abdominal exams, and non-operative management)
- Students will recognize the peri-operative complications common in the older adult surgical patient
- Students will recognize different sites of care for older adults to recover after surgery