Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Medicine
4301 Jones Bridge Road, C1094
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
Phone: (301) 295-2010
Fax: (301) 295-5792
Thank you for facilitating a discussion of the geriatrics home visit. At least one of your students has completed a home visit with a geriatric patient that he/she encountered earlier during the clerkship. This is not the students' first home visit with a patient ? each student has completed at least one home visit in the ICM series and will complete a second one during the Family Practice clerkship. The student has discussed many items with the geriatric patient and the patient's caregiver and has written a reflective paper on the experience. The student will submit this to you instead of one write-up.
1. To determine whether a geriatrics home visit changes student attitudes towards geriatric patients
2. To determine whether a geriatrics home visit program augments student knowledge of geriatric syndromes
The student will complete the Geriatrics Home Visit Write-up. This assignment takes the place of one write-up. Obviously this write-up will be quite different from the other four and should be evaluated on different criteria. The student will provide the clinical information collected during the home visit to the ward team (inpatient students) or the patient's outpatient physician (ambulatory students).
After the student turns in the write-up, debrief the student with your precepting group. This is a terrific opportunity for a student to be an "educator" because he/she may be the only student to do have done a home visit in your group. Ask them to lead the discussion, what measures they performed, and why. You may consider covering some of these discussion questions: