Assessing geriatrics in undergraduate medical education: two different approaches.


Journal Article

Most medical schools do not have a separate course in geriatrics, but rather incorporate geriatrics into existing courses. Tracking and assessing curriculum content is more difficult in this setting. This paper describes and compares two approaches to assess curriculum content in geriatrics: a survey of course directors and a course objectives review. The results suggest that course directors report more geriatric content when asked as part of a regular survey than they identify as specific course objectives. Course objectives may be more reflective of the actual emphasis placed on aging-related material in courses. These two approaches appear to be complementary. Medical educators may find both self-report and course objective analysis to be useful and complementary in tracking geriatric material in the undergraduate medical curriculum.

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Cited Authors

  • Eleazer, GP; Liken, M; Hirth, VA; Johnson, D; Lucas, A; Egbert, J; Boland, RH; Wieland, D

Published Date

  • January 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 8

PubMed ID

  • 15871933

Pubmed Central ID

  • 15871933

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1545-3847

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0270-1960

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1300/j021v24n04_01


  • eng