University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine
"The Ideal Hospital Discharge" module is part of the CHAMP faculty development program, which aims to improve inpatient, geriatric medical care through a "teach the teacher" approach. It is central to one of the course themes, managing transitions of care. Teaching materials on "The Ideal Hospital Discharge" include: a slide presentation with speaker's notes; bedside teaching triggers on planning discharge after differing lengths of stay; a pocket teaching card; references; a sample session evaluation form; and a course overview/program user's guide. Resources on all CHAMP topics and course materials are also available on this website.
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. The course is organized around four themes in geriatric inpatient care: identifying and assessing vulnerable elders, preventing hazards of hospitalization, improving palliative and end of life care, and managing transitions of care. 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.
1 CME credit hour (category 1) was awarded to physicians who attended this teaching session. For more information, please contact the author.
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 "The Ideal Hospital Discharge" are listed below.
CHAMP materials on "The Ideal Hospital Discharge" train faculty learners to:
- Appreciate the impact of discharge quality and outcome on older patients, their caregivers, and all of the physicians who care for them.
- Identify the components of an ideal discharge.
- Implement effective discharge planning throughout the course of a hospital stay.
- Lead the team in multidisciplinary collaboration.
- Communicate early with older patients and their families.