Development and implementation of a formalized geriatric surgery curriculum for general surgery residents.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Despite the growth of the elderly population, most surgical training programs lack formalized geriatric education. The authors' aim was to implement a formalized geriatric surgery curriculum at an academic medical center. Surgery residents were surveyed on attitudes toward the care of elderly patients and the importance of various geriatric topics to daily practice. A curriculum consisting of 16 didactic sessions was created with faculty experts moderating. After curriculum completion, residents were surveyed to assess curriculum impact. Residents expressed increased comfort in accessing community resources. A greater percentage of residents recognized the significance of delirium and acute renal failure in elderly patients. Implementing a geriatric surgery curriculum geared toward surgery residents is feasible and can increase resident comfort with multidisciplinary care and recognition of clinical conditions pertinent to elderly surgical patients. This initiative also provided valuable experience for geriatric surgery curriculum development.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Barbas, AS; Haney, JC; Henry, BV; Heflin, MT; Lagoo, SA

Published Date

  • 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 35 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 380 - 394

PubMed ID

  • 24447092

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1545-3847

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/02701960.2013.879444


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England