The 36th Annual UCLA Intensive Course in Geriatric Medicine & Board Review aims to enhance your knowledge of essential topics in primary and specialty care of your aging patients. Led by Zaldy Tan, MD, MPH, this CME program will help you to keep pace with the latest developments and to prepare for certification or re-certification exams in geriatric medicine offered by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the American Board of Family Practice (ABFP).
This board review will help you to better:
- Apply principles of geriatric assessment, geriatric pharmacology, rehabilitation, and long-term care to the patient care setting
- Recognize major geriatric syndromes such as incontinence, pain management, and osteoporosis, and describe appropriate approaches
- Create personalized medication regimens for medically complex older adults
- Identify psychosocial problems and ethical issues in decision-making, and formulate an approach to these problems
- Ask questions in order to gather information on the patient's Explanatory Model, or understanding, of her illness experience.
- Organize your approach to culture using the LEARN mnemonic: Listen, Explain, Acknowledge, Recommend, and Negotiate.
- Understand and respond to patients' faith-based values and goals for care.
- Allow patients to anticipate and consider aspects of the dying process they may not have considered.
- Organize communication between others who are involved in patients' end-of-life care.
- Incorporate patients' preferences and values in advance care planning.
- Identify ways for answering requests from a patient's family that raise ethical questions.
- Analyze the best way to offer truth in order to elicit patients' preferences.
- Offer solutions that take patients' preferences into account as well as your ethical duty.
- Weigh evidence for and against complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practices.
- Advise patients on the basis of evidence.
- Work on treatment plans with patients who incorporate CAM.
- Promote open communication in order to build trust with patients.
- George T. Grossberg, MD Samuel W. Fordyce Professor; Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
- David Beck, MD Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Topic and Learning Objectives
- Identify different and various forms of agitation among patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD).
- Review proposed mechanisms underlying agitation in AD and how pharmacologic agents may affect them
- Evaluate body of evidence of current and emerging pharmacologic agents for the management of agitation/aggression in patients with AD