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Functional Assessment WebCt Module for Medical Students


Functional Assessment WebCt Module for Medical Students

University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Christine Hayward, Carla Herman
AAMC/John A. Hartford Foundation
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
John A. Hartford Foundation
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The Functional Assessment module is intended to provide basic geriatric medicine information for medical students in the community (throughout the State of New Mexico) completing their PIE (Practical Immersion Experience). The information will assist students in completing their geriatric PIE requirements.

Educational objectives: 
  1. To understand the aging demographic trends nationally and in New Mexico, particularly their relevance to care for the elderly, including economic impact and impact on the health care system.
  2. To understand the effect of the "baby boomer" generation on future health care needs.
  3. To be able to find United States and New Mexico aging population statistics on the Internet in order to understand the relationship of population cohorts to health issues and planning for future health care services.
  4. To determine who should have a functional assessment.
  5. To describe the type of screening used in evaluating frail and cognitively impaired older adults, including the function and use of the following screening instruments: Katz ADL Scale Lawton-Brody IADL Scale Get Up and Go Test and Timed Get Up and Go Test Clock Drawing Test Mini-Mental Exam Geriatric Depression Scale.
  6. To understand how functional assessment benefits the patient and family.
Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

This WebCt module has been made into a PDF and there are some formatting difficulties due to this conversion. While the Webct information is complete, page breaks are not ideal in the PDF version. This is due to the difficulty of using the Webct as the parent software. At a later date we will use other software to create a more attractive format. Used with 1st, 2nd year and 3rd year medical students in a community-based experience, 9 week summer community-based, clinical experience and Geriatric Ambulatory Clerkship, respectively.

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Suggested Citation:
Christine Hayward and Carla Herman. Functional Assessment WebCt Module for Medical Students. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2006 Available from:


Submitted by zhurd on

“Functional Assessment Webct Modules for Medical Students” presents a straightforward overview of the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA)—outlining the demographic and physiological basis for its importance in geriatrics as well as providing a good discussion of its key components.  The module highlights some of the most frequently used assessment instruments including the Katz ADL Scale, The Get Up and Go Test, the Clock Drawing Test, the Geriatric Depression Scale and others.  It also introduces the student to  the concept of a multidisciplinary team. This is a solid foundational educational product.

Submitted by K_Callahan on

Clear and well-defined activities that guide a learner through the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct a comprehensive geriatric assessment. Great product to employ in addressing the "self care capacity" domain of the geriatric competencies, and specifically, it focuses on 9 and 11.

Submitted by acosta on

Very good teaching tool.
The links are very helpful.

The link to the Katz Index of Independence in ADLs doesn't work.
Last revised April 27 (year not given).

Submitted by vgeorge on

I felt the functional assessment module was very good and informative.