Geriatrics Fellowship Curriculum
Each rotation will last a minimum of four weeks and take place at the following locations: Lehigh Valley Health Network–One City Center, Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street, Fleming Memory Center, LVPG Family Medicine–Hamburg and Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehab.
During this six-week rotation at LVPG Family Medicine–Hamburg, you will learn to evaluate patients considering psychosocial and economic factors, as well as medical components, to gain a more complete understanding of aging patients and their families. You will assume the role of primary care physician for a panel of patients, attend team meetings, participate in ambulatory sessions and supervise medical students and family medicine residents. You will also be involved in quality improvement projects.
Nursing Home Care
Working at Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehab will allow you to see that nursing home care involves more than doing rounds and attending to the daily medical needs of patients. During two four-week blocks, you will care for patients who have multiple organ system complications requiring follow-up inquiry, repeated exams and considerable assessment and analysis. You will work with patient caregivers and family members. You will also attend conferences and seminars.
During this four-week rotation, you will aid in the provision of patient-centered care for seriously ill hospitalized and ambulatory patients. Working as part of an interdisciplinary team, which includes palliative care fellows and advanced practice clinicians, you will become more confident in providing care to terminally ill/end-of-life patients, learn to lead family meetings focused on end-of-life care goals, and gain familiarity with state law as it relates to end-of-life decisions.
The Consultative Liaison Psychiatry Service will focus specifically on psychiatric issues among elderly patients. During this four-week rotation, you will perform psychiatric evaluations and diagnostic assessments and develop medication and behavioral treatment plans for inpatients. Didactic sessions will focus on the psychiatric interview, performing a mental status evaluation, managing the behavioral disturbances of dimension and learning about the major classes of psychotropic medication.
During two four-week blocks, you will care for patients who have multiple organ system complications requiring follow-up inquiry, repeated exams and considerable assessment and analysis.