University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine
"Dementia" was presented as part of the CHAMP faculty development program, which aims to improve inpatient geriatric medical care through a "teach the teacher" approach. Its lessons cross two of the four course themes, identifying vulnerable elder patients, and improving end of life care and palliative care. Teaching materials include: a slide presentation with speaker's notes and references; bedside teaching triggers; a pocket teaching card; a web link to the Functional Assessment Staging Tool (FAST); the Mini-Cog; a sample session evaluation form; and a user's guide/overview of the CHAMP faculty development program. All materials are available through the weblink provided, including access to all CHAMP topics and teaching resources.
The overall educational goal of CHAMP is to improve the quality and quantity of geriatric practice and teaching in the inpatient setting. The specific learning objectives of "DEMENTIA" are listed below. CHAMP materials on "Dementia" train faculty learners to:
- Become familiar with the diagnostic criteria for dementia.
- Understand the steps in assessing decision making capacity.
- Feel ready to teach the basics of decision making capacity on the wards.
- Be able to teach residents and medical students the arguments for why tube feeding is not useful in end stage dementia.
CHAMP is a multi-tiered educational project with a faculty development program at its core. Hospitalists, general internists, and family practitioners who teach residents and medical students are the targeted audience. CHAMP addresses 15 geriatric topics and includes a mini-course entitled, "Teaching on Today's Wards," on advanced clinical teaching skills and teaching across the ACGME Core Competencies in the inpatient setting.
Faculty participants received 2 CME credit hours (category 1) for this attending this teaching session.