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Geri Pearls: Printable cards/web-based tutorial on common geriatric syndromes


Geri Pearls: Printable cards/web-based tutorial on common geriatric syndromes

University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Ed Vandenberg, MPH, Jane Potter, MPH
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
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A set of printable pocket cards. Print the cards and use in bedside teaching. Ideal for use by "one minute preceptors". Simple diagnostic and therapeutic algorithms! Send students to the website for a 15-20 minute tutorial and self study. TOPICS: dementia, delirium, falls, pharmacotherapy, preoperative assessment, depression, urinary incontinence, insomnia, palliative care, syncope, constipation, hospital care, pain management, pressure sores, and weight loss.

Educational objectives: 

To provide short concise reviews of geriatric topics, in a form suitable for printing and laminating. Upon completion, learners should be able to: 1) List key elements in evaluation and management of the following geriatric syndromes and issues. 2) List diagnostic criteria for the following geriatric syndromes: Aging Pharmacology, Dementia, Insomnia, Palliative Care, Syncope, Constipation, Depression, Hospital Admissions, Preop Assessment, Urinary Incontinence, Delirium, Falls, Pain Management, Pressure Sores and Weight Loss.

Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

We have had approximately over 4000 hits on the site; we don't have the ability to track if same learner uses multiple times. The learners consist of: medical students, practicing Physician Assistants, Nurse Practioners and students, house officers (IM and FP). Locations include: ambulatory medicine, hospital based medicine, nursing home rotations, anesthesia rotation, surgical rotations. For learners: 1) Identify an area in geriatrics that the learner needs to expand knowledge and confidence and set goals to complete all relevant modules on common geriatric topics. 2) Access website for guided tutorial modules on topics. 3) Upon completion, print out pocket card for summary of topic. 4) Carry card with you for readily accessible review for next patient encounter. For clinical faculty: 1) Print out copies of pearl cards and carry them with you to hand to learners for discussions at bedside. 2) Send learner to website for more in-depth review of the module on topic. 3) Assign learner to present short summary of module on next rounds using pearl card as an outline. Students wanted a web-based downloadable to PDA form of pearl cards, which are in process.

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Contact Person/Corresponding Author:
Dr. Ed Vandenberg

Suggested Citation:
Dr. Jane Potter and Dr. Ed Vandenberg. Geri Pearls: Printable cards/web-based tutorial on common geriatric syndromes. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2007 Available from: