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Mobility Clinical Evaluation Exercise (Mini-CEX)

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/31/1969
Other Intended Learner Audiences: 
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Estimated time to complete: 
1
Abstract: 

This mobility Clinical Evaluation Exercise (Mini-CEX) is designed to use with a learner during an actual patient encounter. The leaner first views the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) videos on the Timed Up and Go Test, 30 Second Chair Stand and 4 Stage Balance tests and handouts prior to the administration of the Mini-CEX. The teacher observes the learner during the patient encounter and completes the Mini-CEX. The teacher reviews the form with the learner and provides feedback of what skill was observed, partially observed, not observed, not applicable and comments about the encounter.

Educational objectives: 

Learners who are administered this mobility Mini-CEX will:

1)acquire knowedgle about various tests for mobiilty, strength and balance.

2)be observed assessing mobility during a patient encounter.

3)receive feedback about their communcation and professionalism skills in assessing mobility.

Date posted: 
Mon, 01/23/2017
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Mon, 01/23/2017
Product Viewing Instructions: 
Learner views videos prior to Mini-CEX
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Suggested Citation:
Mobility Clinical Evaluation Exercise (Mini-CEX). POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2017 Available from: https://pogoe.org/taxonomy/term/463

Hacking Geriatrics: The World 2 Challenge

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/31/1969
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Estimated time to complete: 
0
Abstract: 

The World 2 Challenge is an innovative quality improvement competition designed by our Reynolds Next Steps team, based on the concept of a healthcare hackathon.  We partnered with institutional leadership in our health system, graduate medical education leadership, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, and other interprofessional representatives to design a platform to promote friendly competition led by specialty faculty, fellows, and residents to improve the quality of care for older adults. In the process, they learn key principles of geriatrics and how to apply them at a broader level across the institution. Our first competition in April 2016 focused on improving communication at transitions of care for older patients.  At a retreat, 9 QI project "pitches" were delivered to a broad interprofessional audience, 5 were chosen by a voting process and developed their ideas further through interprofessional team collaboration. Ultimately, 2 project ideas were selected to go forward, and the ultimate winner of the QI competition will be the project with the most successful implementation and the broadest impact for the care of older patients institution-wide. This has been an energizing initial effort, and we look forward to its continuing for years to come because of several unique aspects that promote its success. The most important are the interprofessional focus, teamwork, contextual learning, and alignment with institutional priorities to make actual change in the way that patients are cared for at our institution.  We provide a timeline that illustrates the key inputs and steps to promote such a QI competition to enhance geriatric education and care.  We also provide the event agenda, pitch template, judging template, list of pitch topics, and follow-up inhouse publicity from our institution to give our geriatrics colleagues at other institutions sample materials which could be adapted to their specific needs.

Educational objectives: 
  1. To demonstrate how geriatrics can lead and facilitate improvements in care across the broader institution through interprofessional focus, teamwork, contextual learning, and alignment with institutional priorities, grounded in geriatrics principles.
Date posted: 
Mon, 10/17/2016
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Mon, 10/17/2016
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Suggested Citation:
Hacking Geriatrics: The World 2 Challenge. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2016 Available from: https://pogoe.org/taxonomy/term/463

Barney Smith 3 - A Transitions of Care Interprofessional Education Standardized Patient

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/31/1969
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Abstract: 

This transitions of care Interprofessional education standardized patient serves to train Year 3 medical students and graduate students from physical, occupational and speech therapy in the transition of care of a frail older adult from the hospital to home. It is the third of a six part progressive standarized patient encounter on palliative care. This clinical simulation is an encounter with Barney as a hospitalized patient with newly acquired functional decline. Learners gain experience in the interprofessional team assessment of a hopsitalized older adult's functional status and the team management of that patient's transition of care from the hospital to home. Educational modalities include web-based instruction , the simulation, and a small group discussion of the interprofessional set of learners immediately following the encounter facilitated by interprofessional faculty.  

Educational objectives: 

1) Perform an interprofessional, comprehensive team assessment of a hospitalized older adult's functional assessment and the team mangement of that patient's transition of care from the hospital to home. 

2) Understand the role that individual discpliness play in conducting  a comprehesive assessment of an older adult's functinal status 

3) Assess specific risks and barriers to older adult safety as they transition from the hospital to home 

4) Assist family caregivers in identfying caregiver responsibilities and potential caregiver burden 

Date posted: 
Mon, 10/17/2016
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Mon, 10/17/2016
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Suggested Citation:
Barney Smith 3 - A Transitions of Care Interprofessional Education Standardized Patient. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2016 Available from: https://pogoe.org/taxonomy/term/463

Interdisciplinary Health Profession Module Videos

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/31/1969
Product Information
Estimated time to complete: 
1
Abstract: 

Care teams often don't know how to effectively and efficiently collaborate when addressing a patient’s health. Depending on a patient’s needs, team leadership can shift at any given moment from one person to another. Because of this constant jockeying and adaptation, educating learners about their own interprofessional relationships is becoming incredibly important. These videos and the corresponding text supplements provide a context for interprofessional team members to discover more about what it takes to become a member of another profession. This knowledge, combined with their own experiences and clinical practice, will assist in preparing learners for the next-generation of team-based healthcare.

Educational objectives: 

After watching these short 2-3 minute videos, interprofessional teams will be able to contextualize their own relationship within the group dynamic, understand the educational requirements that go into other disciplines, and formulate an effective team-based learning approach for future activities.

Date posted: 
Tue, 09/27/2016
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Tue, 09/27/2016
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Suggested Citation:
Interdisciplinary Health Profession Module Videos. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2016 Available from: https://pogoe.org/taxonomy/term/463

Interprofessional Geriatric Education and Training in Texas: Fall Risk Education & Assessment

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/31/1969
Product Information
Estimated time to complete: 
2
Abstract: 

Each year, one in every three adults ages 65 or older falls and 2 million are treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries. The risk of falling increases with each decade of life. The long-term consequences of fall injuries, such as hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries (TBI), can impact the health and independence of older adults. However, falls are not necessarily an inevitable part of aging. In fact, many falls can be prevented. All healthcare professionals can take actions to protect older adults.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTSHC) Reynolds Interprofessional Geriatric Education and Training in Texas (IGET-IT) Program has developed a Fall Risk Assessment and Education module as part of the Interprofessional Communication Improvement Modules (ICIM) Elder Safety series. The ICIM Elder Safety modules were created in collaboration with the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) and are supported, in part, by a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. The goal of the Elder Safety ICIMs is to provide innovative and sustainable programs to improve the ability of physicians to work with other health disciplines in teams to provide better care for geriatric patients. The care of older adults can be very complex and studies have shown that a team approach can be most effective in leading to quality outcomes.

Educational objectives: 

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe risk factors associated with falls in older adults using a comprehensive fall risk assessment.
  • Identify examination components to assess for fall risk.
  • Describe how neurocognitive features can contribute to the risk of falls.
  • Identify four essential tests to assess neurocognitive features.
  • Describe how sensory factors impact the risk of falls.
  • Identify exams to assess sensory factors.
  • Identify the prescription, nonprescription, nutritional supplements, and food/drug interactions that are most frequently associated with an increased fall risk.
  • Discuss polypharmacy and its impact on fall risk.
  • Examine the evidence behind nutritional supplements that may help reduce fractures from falls.
Publications from, presentations from, and/or citations to this product: 

Gimpel, J., & Dowling, D.J. (2014, August). Watch Your Step: An Osteopathic Approach to Patient Fall Prevention and Intervention. Presented at the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society Annual Convention, Hershey, PA.

Marquez Hall, S. (2016, May). Assessment Tool for Elder Safety on the Topics of Falls Risk and Elder Mistreatment. Presented at American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting Education Product Showcase, Long Beach, CA.

Date posted: 
Wed, 10/05/2016
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Wed, 10/05/2016
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Suggested Citation:
Interprofessional Geriatric Education and Training in Texas: Fall Risk Education & Assessment. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2016 Available from: https://pogoe.org/taxonomy/term/463

Goals of Care Conversation Curriculum (GOCCC) Training

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/31/1969
Product Information
Estimated time to complete: 
2
Abstract: 

We developed a 3-part curriculum for teaching the basics of communication about goals of care (GOC) in older persons targeted towards medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty. There are 3 modules: 

1. Communicating Serious News - identifies strategies for effective communication and especially communicating serious news to patients or family members and improving our ability to transmit this news in an empathic and effective manner.

2. Goals of Care Discussion -focuses on the essential components of a GOC discussion; initiation, understanding the patient and family perspective, surrogate decision making, and concluding remarks clarifying and summarizing key discussion points and areas of understanding.

3. Managing conflict with patients and families - focuses on how to address frustrated and perhaps angry patients or family members who sometimes don’t feel that they are being listened to.  As providers, we are often put in this situation with few resources or skills to help guide us on how to deal with the patient’s and family’s emotions as well as our own. 

Each module contains a didactic lecture (45-60 minutes), examples of faculty role play (10-15 minutes), and instructions for participant role play activities. Each module is focused around a clinical case scenario done in dyads (30 minutes), and a sample evaluation form. Each module is best done in 2-hour sessions and in small groups (10-20 participants) but can be modified for 1-hour sessions. The content is applicable to a range of learners although the participant role play will likely be more meaningful for the more advanced learners.

Educational objectives: 

At the end of Module 1: Discussing Serious News, students, residents, and faculty will be able to:        

a.      Use curiosity and good listening skills to understand patient coping styles

b.      Describe empathic and effective approaches to discussing serious news

c.       Identify strategies for discussing prognosis

At the end of Module 2: Basic GOC, students, residents, and faculty will be able to:

a.       Be comfortable and effective in talking with patients and families about goals of care for patients with serious life-threatening, or chronic conditions

b.      Describe goals of care discussions as an essential component of the practice of medicine accepted within the mainstream of legal, moral, and ethical principles

c.       Articulate the complexity and subtleties of surrogate decision-making,  and the concept of substituted judgment

d.      Practice the key components of goals of care discussions in a simulation as a means of gaining competence and confidence in conducting GOC conversations

At the end of Module 3: Managing Conflict, students, residents, and faculty will be able to:

a.       Manage conflict in an effective and empathic manner to de-escalate anger and frustration experienced by patients and families during serious illness

b.      Recognize that in life-threatening situations, anger is a common response

c.       Describe communication techniques for diffusing anger

d.      Apply recommended skills to manage conflict and guide patients, families, and other clinicians through difficult decisions

Date posted: 
Mon, 06/20/2016
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Thu, 08/08/2019
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Suggested Citation:
Goals of Care Conversation Curriculum (GOCCC) Training. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2016 Available from: https://pogoe.org/taxonomy/term/463

Gait Velocity Assessment Toolkit

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/31/1969
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Abstract: 

Gait Velocity is a marker of functional and cognitive status in older adults.  Slow gait speed has been associated with poor clinical outcomes such as cognitive decline, falls and hospitalization. This toolkit provides  instructions on how to perform a gait speed or gait velocity assessment.  It includes START and STOP labels, labels for the Timed Zone, and instructions on how to interprete and apply the results.  The examiner will need to measure and mark a walkway, and supply a stopwatch or watch with a second hand. By following these simple steps, gait velocity assessment can become a routine practice for clinicians who care for older adults.

Educational objectives: 

1. Describe how to perform and interpret gait velocity assessment in older adults.

2. Discuss the clinical implications of slow gait speed

Date posted: 
Fri, 10/09/2015
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Fri, 04/13/2018
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Suggested Citation:
Gait Velocity Assessment Toolkit. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2015 Available from: https://pogoe.org/taxonomy/term/463

Geriatric Fast Facts Quizzes

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/31/1969
Product Information
Estimated time to complete: 
0
Abstract: 

Geriatric Fast Facts (GFFs) [www.geriatricfastfacts.com] is a mobile enabled website which contains 1-2 page concise, peer-reviewed evidence-based educational summaries on key geriatrics topics to increase medical knowledge.

GFF Quizzes are quick, online assessment tools paired with GFF content, to be used by learners at the point of care to assess knowledge of geriatric content aligned with ACGME Milestones.  Design elements include quiz content searchable by topic, links to corresponding GFFs, MCQ/ short answer question formats and ability to include images. Learners enter brief demographic information to start (institution, email of self and up to 1 other) allowing annotated score results, displayed immediately after quiz completion, to be sent to themselves and one other individual (faculty, program director). These quick quizzes, available on hand held mobile devices at the point of care, linked to GFF content provide learners and program directors information of learner knowledge assessment linked to ACGME Milestones.

Educational objectives: 

The Geriatric Fast Fact (GFF) quizzes, available on hand held mobile devices at the point of care, linked to GFF content will provide learners and program directors information of learner knowledge assessment linked to ACGME Milestones.

Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

The Geriatric Fast Facts (GFF) and GFF Quizzes may be viewed and accessed by the URL address geriatricfastfacts.com. The site may be then saved to the home screen to allow functionality as an "app".

Publications from, presentations from, and/or citations to this product: 

Quick Quizzes:  Geriatrics Right in Your Hand & at the Point of Care.  Denson K, Simpson D, Padua K, and the GET Collaboratives at the Medical College of Wisconsin & Aurora Health Care, American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, 05/2015

Date posted: 
Thu, 10/08/2015
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Thu, 10/08/2015
Product Viewing Instructions: 
The Geriatric Fast Facts (GFF) and GFF Quizzes may be viewed by the URL address geriatricfastfacts.com. The site may be then saved to the home screen to allow functionality as an "app"
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Suggested Citation:
Geriatric Fast Facts Quizzes. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2015 Available from: https://pogoe.org/taxonomy/term/463

"TMI"... (Too Many Interpretations): Mr. Moore's Medication Misadventures!

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/31/1969
Product Information
Estimated time to complete: 
2
Abstract: 

This two hour interprofessional curriculum brings together fourth year medical students and third year pharmacy students in a hands-on, interactive small group session. Learners are given a guide briefly describing the case and delineating five health care members and their roles and expertise in Mr. Moore's healthcare team (Mr. Moore's partner, the outpatient pharmacist, the inpatient intern, etc). A pair of interprofessional facilitators guide learners through the case, utilizing different healthcare team members' roles and expertise to explore methods of medication organization and systemic barriers to accurate and safe discharge medication reconciliation. Learners discover and discuss discrepancies in high-risk medications, gain an appreciation of systems hurdles for patients and healthcare providers during transitions of care, complete an exercise in writing discharge medication instructions, and brainstorm action items to personally employ to overcome systemic hurdles for safer discharge medication reconciliation.

Educational objectives: 

By the end of the two-hour session, learners will work collaboratively to:

  1. Describe the roles and expertise of three health professions that can collaborate to reconcile medications and enhance safety of medication orders at the time of hospital discharge. 
  2. List three potential communication barriers between health professionals involved in discharge planning that contribute to medication errors in vulnerable older adults.
  3. Identify key components of discharge medication lists and instructions to communicate information safely to patients, caregivers, primary care providers and others on the healthcare team.
Date posted: 
Tue, 08/30/2016
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Tue, 08/30/2016
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Suggested Citation:
"TMI"... (Too Many Interpretations): Mr. Moore's Medication Misadventures!. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2016 Available from: https://pogoe.org/taxonomy/term/463

Interprofessional Grand Rounds

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/31/1969
Product Information
Estimated time to complete: 
2
Abstract: 

The Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, together with the Rutgers University School of Nursing, and Rutgers School of Health Related Professions, piloted an interactive, team-based “Interprofessional Grand Rounds” as an instructional strategy to promote interprofessional care plan development and enhance understanding of roles and responsibilities across disciplines.  A total of 235 nursing, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, and medical students collaborated in small groups to problem-solve a complex, multi-faceted case presented with video elements to facilitate gait analysis.  Students answered case study questions using an innovative scratch-off ticket technique.  A team of interdisciplinary faculty facilitated the case-based group discussions. 

Educational objectives: 
  • Explain the importance of effective team communication in a healthcare setting
  • Stimulate team skills in respectful communication and cooperation by creating collaborative interprofessional groups
  • Report increased knowledge of other health care professions and individual confidence in taking an active role as a member of an interprofessional team
Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

Students were seated in small groups of 5 to 7 students representing different health care professions.  This design created a collaborative atmosphere and allowed open communication among the students from all professions.

  • Chairs in clusters (no tables)
  • Mixture of team members from each health care profession
  • Typical team composition: 3 to 5 Medical Students, 1 Nursing student, 1 to 2  Physical Therapy students, and 1 Respiratory Therapy student
Date posted: 
Mon, 10/12/2015
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Mon, 10/12/2015
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Suggested Citation:
Interprofessional Grand Rounds. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2015 Available from: https://pogoe.org/taxonomy/term/463

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