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Fast Forward Rounds - An Innovative and Effective Transitional Care Curriculum


Fast Forward Rounds - An Innovative and Effective Transitional Care Curriculum

Weill Cornell Medical College
Carol Capello, DO, Veronica Lofaso, DO, Karin Ouchida, DO
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
John A. Hartford Foundation
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Fast Forward Rounds (FFR) is a 3 hour course created to teach medical students how to safely transition patients between different health care settings. The course combines interdisciplinary lectures, an interactive DVD with a clinical vignette, small-group discussion, and a team-based learning exercise. FFR emphasizes the use of functional assessment to identify patients at risk for poor discharge outcomes, promotes interdisciplinary collaboration to link vulnerable patients with appropriate services, reviews Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, and teaches students to develop comprehensive care plans. The course evaluation tool assesses participants' knowledge, attitudes and behaviors within the domains of transitional care, functional assessment, interdisciplinary team, community resources, and reimbursement. For more information about the FFR course at Cornell University, go to

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After completing the Fast Forward Rounds course, learners should possess greater knowledge of transitional care, improved attitudes toward promoting safe transitions and increased performance transitional care behaviors. Participants will report improved understanding of: - the roles of interdisciplinary team members (nursing, social work, physical/occupational therapy) - home care and community resources - the variety of care settings and housing options for older adults - the importance of performing a thorough functional assessment - Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement policies for various home, community, and housing services Participants will report increased proficiency in: - Performance of functional assessment - Communication with physician and non-physician providers (e.g., home health care workers, nurses, and other interdisciplinary team members) - Education of patients, families and caregivers - Medication reconciliation to prevent medication errors - Management of the discharge process of complex patients

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Please see the facilitator guide for details regarding implementation requirement and guidelines.

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Carol Capello, Veronica Lofaso and Karin Ouchida. Fast Forward Rounds - An Innovative and Effective Transitional Care Curriculum. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2009 Available from: