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August 2014 Newsletter

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Newsletter: August 2014

web-GEM Highlight

Functional Status and Home Safety

Mrs. Purcell is an 82-year-old woman who has been living in her own apartment independently. Two weeks ago, she was admitted to the hospital for 4 days with pneumonia. She was discharged home and presents in follow-up clinic to see you.

Educational Objectives:

  • Explain the importance of functional and medical baseline when assessing a patient.
  • Identify ways to establish functional and medical baseline patient status.
  • Explain how to administer and score the Get Up and Go test.
  • Identify potential members of an interdisciplinary health care team; explain each memberís role in patient care.

Begin the case here.

All 20 web-GEMs are peer-reviewed, AAMC competency-based, and interactive. These are excellent flipped learning teaching tools. Faculty guides and ìTakeawayî documents are available for each.

Explore All of POGOe

Here are some valuable resources on POGOe that you may not be aware of:

Geriatrics Wizard This easy to use drop-down tool matches the best POGOe educational materials to the 26 minimum geriatrics competencies for medical students allowing educators to incorporate materials in formats best suited to a particular learner audience and maximize parity of learner experiences across sites.

Selected Educational Materials Educational materials developed with common goals and objectives, generally by the same authors or institution, are grouped together for your convenience. The materials in each series are similar in format, cover a range of topics and can be easily integrated in the curriculum.

Question Bank Geriatric quizzes, questions, and cases extracted from POGOe materials or developed by POGOe users. Faculty can create quizzes from existing questions or use their own questions to assess their learners.

McMasters Evidence Updates Quality and relevance rated citations from McMaster University, Canada to the latest journal articles in the field of geriatrics from over 120 premier clinical journals. Some articles are designated as ëstellarí based on high ratings for clinical relevance and newsworthiness. Evidence updates can be used to help ëkeep upí with the literature or to identify articles for review at journal club.

LitLinks These are pre-formulated, automatically renewing searches on topics important to all who care for older adults.

Image Library Images (photos, X-rays and other radiographic images, histopathology slides, EKGs, diagrams) extracted from POGOe materials available to enhance teaching presentations.

Video Library Videos extracted from POGOe materials available for use in teaching and as trigger tapes. For example, videos on components of geriatric assessments, screening osteopathic examination, focused neurological examination in a patient with falls, communication in a geriatric medical encounter, etcetera can be used to illustrate specific teaching points effectively.

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Our POGOe community is the best resource for other users and we want to hear from you! Please tell us how you use POGOe as an educator or learner. Sharing how you become a more efficient educator will benefit us all. Send the POGOe Team an email or simply comment on the materials you have utilized. You can be as specific or general as you want.

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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
Mini-Fellowship Program
Contact: Thekla Manoloudis

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

UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Mini-Fellowship Program
Contact: Christy Ann Lau

Duke University School of Medicine
Mini-Fellowship Program
Contact: Michele Burgess


Annual Meetings

10th International Congress of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society
September 17-19, 2014
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

33rd Annual Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association Conference
September 17-20, 2014
Orlando, FL

4th Annual Sexuality, Intimacy, & Aging Conference
September 19-20, 2014
Chester, PA

14th Annual International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology Meeting (with the Japan Congress of Neuropsychiatry)
October 2-4, 2014
Tsukuba, Japan

12th Annual Reynolds Grantees Meeting
October 6 - 8, 2014
Las Vegas, NV

International Society of Geriatric Oncology
October 23 - 25, 2014
Lisbon, Portugal

International Psychogeriatric Association
October 23 - 26, 2014
Beijing, China

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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