Dr. Veronica Deza coordinates our Geriatrics curriculum,
which includes a block rotation in year one plus the following
- Didactic lecture series the third Monday morning of each
- Residents will be assigned 2 nursing home patients whom they
will see at a minimum one Thursday morning per semester, during
their Family Health Center rotations.
- Residents will be assigned one home visit patient whom they
will try to see during each Family Health Center rotation. This
home visit patient may need to be seen on the resident's regular
patient care schedule as well, depending on the patient's medical
- Second- and third-year residents will receive ombudsman
training, equipping them to be patient advocates, and will be
assigned to a small- to medium-sized assisted living facility.
Residents will visit their assigned assisted living facility in
the role of ombudsman one Thursday morning per semester, during
their Family Health Center rotation. If elderly patients are
identified who do not have a primary care doctor and who want to
be seen by FM residents, these patients will be registered in the
FHC and will be assigned to a resident.
Other elective experiences are available for residents interested
in a Geriatrics Track.
Claudia Harding coordinates our Behavioral Science
curriculum, which follows a three-year cycle that is implemented
through the Behavioral Science Conference series (2nd and
3rd Wednesdays), direct observation of resident-patient
encounters in the Family Health Center, small group teaching,
case-based discussion, videotaping and feedback, on-site behavior health clinic, home visits,
research, and precepting.
Interviewing and Assessment - Conduct the patient encounter using
the principals and skills of patient centered approach.
Incorporation of family systems, socio-economic, psychosocial,
and cultural factors.
Mental Health - Screening tools, diagnosis, and
management of mental disorders and substance abuse with focus on
common problems in primary care. (children, adolescent, adult,
and geriatric) Understanding and use of DSM-IV-R Classification.
General principals of psychopharmacology. Personality disorders.
Behavioral Medicine - Behavioral aspects of
medical care, including health behavior change, motivational
interviewing, barriers to treatment adherence, habit change,
establishing preventive behavior. Death and dying. Chronic pain,
chronic illness, mind-body interactions. At-risk youth
(definition/ intervention). Psychosomatic disorders.
Developmental Issues - Individual and family
developmental stages, Mental Retardation, Learning Disorders,
Communication Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorders,
Disruptive Behavior Disorders, Attention-Deficit Disorders.
Family Issues - Family systems, interviewing
families, incorporation of families into care. Parenting skills.
Family violence and abuse. Impact of family on patient. Legal and
Resident Well-being and Leadership - Stress
management, Self awareness and emotional intelligence, Effective
communication, supervision and leadership skills. Emotional and
Integrated Themes - The Medical Home,
Patient-doctor Communication Study, Use of Community Resources,
Community medicine, Behavior Health Clinic.
Dr. Joyce King coordinates our Ethics curriculum. Ethics
conferences are mainly case-based discussions focused on topics
pertinent to primary care physicians, such as informed consent,
decision-making capacity, treatment refusal, treatment of minors,
medical mistakes and disclosure, and advance care planning and
end-of-life issues. Residents are also welcome to bring difficult
ethical cases that they encounter during their residency work, to
discuss with the group.
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