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Geriatric Medicine – ALGH

Updated: 2/20/17

Students must be an M4

Expertise in the medical problems of older patients is essential for all primary care physicians who care for adults. This elective serves as an introduction to basic principles of geriatrics with special emphasis on: outpatient evaluation and management of memory loss and dementia; providing medical care to patients in long-term care, including assisted living, intermediate and skilled care; community-based care including home health, adult day care and hospice; psychiatric issues in the elderly, including depression, anxiety and delirium; and health promotion and disease prevention in ambulatory care.

Course meets core competencies for internal medicine.

Instruction methods include inpatient and outpatient direct patient care, small group interactive seminars and lectures. Students will see patients at the following sites: ALGH inpatient, rehab, geropsych unit; outpatient geriatrics clinic, home care, and hospice . Students will see at least three patients/day and then present to the attendings. Students will see approximately 4 inpatients/day, 6 outpatients/day. Typically, patient problems include dementia, delirium, depression, gait disorders, and urinary incontinence.

Review of observed patient care, presentation of patient cases and short topic presentation of faculty.

Administrative Information Heading link

  • Program Number

    ELEC 615

  • Program Contacts

    Coordinator: Tara Murphy
    Telephone: 847-723-6479

  • Program Information

    Location: ALGH

    Duration: 4 Weeks
    Lectures/Conferences/Faculty contact: 11
    Night Call: No
    Laboratory: 0
    Weekends: No
    Outpatient: 18
    Total Students accepted: Min. 1 Max. 1
    Inpatient: 12
    House staff used as Faculty: No
    Total hours/week: 40

  • Reporting Instructions

    Reporting Instructions will be emailed the week prior to your start.

    Please review this website prior to your start day.

    Please see paperwork requirements at the following link:

    Immunization & Compliance forms can be found here.

    Note: Clinical electives at Advocate hospitals (ACMC, AIMMC, ALGH) are only available to students from LCME and AOA accredited institutions.