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POGOe July 2013 Newsletter

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Monthly Newsletter: July 2013


New web-GEMs Case
web-GEMs (Geriatric Education Modules) is POGOe series of interactive peer-reviewed case modules for medical students based on the AAMC Geriatrics Competencies. The newest web-Gem, Pressure Ulcers, the Case of Mrs. Jones posted just this week.

This is an unfolding case of Mrs. Jones, a 78-year-old woman with a past medical history of moderate Alzheimer's dementia, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, macular degeneration and osteopenia. She is also edentulous. Three days ago, Mrs. Jones was sent to the Emergency Department from a nursing home due to cough and mental status changes. Prior to admission, she required assistance with bathing, dressing and grooming but had been mostly continent of bowel and bladder. Using a rolling walker, she was able to walk short distances with assistance. Mrs. Jones was admitted with a presumptive diagnosis of pneumonia. Excluding her admitting diagnosis, what problems might Mrs. Jones encounter solely as a result of being hospitalized?

Assign to your students or challenge yourself.

The purpose of the web-GEMs cases is to develop learners' understanding of geriatric medicine, and to integrate that understanding as they expand their skills within other specialties. Individual cases can be integrated into third year clerkships with emphasis on "core topics", or the curriculum can be used as a whole within a geriatrics, internal medicine, or family medicine clerkship. Visit our web-GEMs page to learn more about the curriculum key features and other cases.


A Sample of New Educational Materials

Featured Geriatric Site

Geri Fast Facts are accessible, concise, and clinically relevant 1-2 page reports on Geriatric topics applicable across medical specialties via mobile, tablet or desktop. Users are free to download and distribute Geriatric Fast Facts for educational purposes. This effort was funded by the Donald W Reynolds Foundation's "Next Steps" Award, amplified with a HRSA Geriatrics Education Center grant and executed by the Medical College of Wisconsin. Follow them @GerFastFacts.

Editing Your Submission

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FD~AGE Mini-Fellowships

The FD~AGE Physician Mini-Fellowships in Geriatrics are intensive courses for non-geriatricians seeking training in geriatrics education and curriculum development. The course is free of charge to participants who are not from Reynolds-sponsored schools. CME credit is awarded.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
November 18-22, 2013
Contact: Kerry Feeney

Johns Hopkins University
Contact: Laura Gibson
(410-550-3268 or

UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Contact: Christy Ann Lau

Duke University School of Medicine
Contact: Michele Burgess


Annual Meetings

32nd Annual GAPNA Conference
September 18-21, 2013
Chicago, IL

3rd Annual Sexuality, Intimacy and Aging Conference at Widener University
September 27-28, 2013
Chester, PA

16th International Pyschogeriatric Association (IPA)
October 1-4, 2013
Seoul, Republic of Korea

9th International Congress of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society(EUGMS)
October 2-4, 2013
Venice, Italy

If you know of a national or international meeting in geriatrics or gerontology that isn't listed here, let us know at


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