PMR Geriatrics Rotation

PMR Geriatrics Rotation

PM&R Residency Program Manual
PM&R Resident Rotation Descriptions

PM&R Program Geriatrics Rotation  – Dr. Jonathan Evans, Dr. Seki Balogun
The PM&R Program Geriatrics rotation provides the PM&R resident with the opportunity to train with a geriatrician and learn the special needs of geriatric patients. The resident will work with a geriatrician for two weeks during the Cardiopulmonary/Geriatrics Rotation.

The resident will work in the Geriatric Clinic and may make house calls and nursing home visits. This is an excellent opportunity for continuity of care. The residents will be seeing patients that they have treated in inpatient consultation, and have treated in the inpatient rehabilitation hospital and are now helping to make a smooth transition to the outpatient setting. The resident may utilize necessary community resources such as Meals-on-Wheels, JABA Adult Day Care, the Senior Center, and the UVa Pharmacy patient prescription medication program. The resident is responsible for calling the geriatrician before the rotation begins to confirm rotation dates and times.

Goals & Objectives:

  • Learn geriatric examination skills.
  • Gain a medical knowledge of geriatric principles.
  • Become familiar with medications which commonly cause confusion in the elderly.
  • Understand when referral to a geriatrician is appropriate.
  • Become familiar with all levels of geriatric rehabilitation service delivery.
  • Gain a knowledge of neuropsychological assessment of cognitive domains and the role of neuropsychological testing in geriatric rehabilitation practice.
  • Develop expertise in the prescription of assistive and adaptive equipment for the geriatric patient.
  • Become familiar with the principles of cognitive rehabilitation and behavioral management as they relate to the geriatric patient.
  • Become proficient with the commonly used functional assessment measures used in geriatric rehabilitation.
  • Become familiar with the roles of each member of the geriatric rehabilitation team and be able to work collaboratively with the treatment team.
  • Gain knowledge of when geriatric patients need assistance with IADLs and may no longer be able to live independently.
  • Become accomplished at communicating with family caregivers and educating them.
  • Gain familiarity with available home support and follow-up care services for the geriatric patient.