"In youth the days are short and the years are long; in old age the years are short and the days long." --Nikita Ivanovich Panin
The Department of Geriatrics trains both Internal Medicine Residents and Family Medicine Residents in caring for and understanding the aged.
Internal Medicine Residents
The Internal Medicine residents complete a required four-week rotation in Geriatric Medicine that includes visits to skilled nursing facilities, time in the Geriatric Medicine clinic, Memory Clinic, and other relevant sites. During the rotation, they are each provided with a curriculum notebook to review before weekly small discussion groups. In addition, they complete a pre- and post-rotation exam and contribute to a growing blog on Geriatric Medicine Curriculum. www.pagingfortheaging.blogspot.com
Family Medicine Residents
Since 1995, the KUMC Family Practice Residency has had a required a 24-month long term care clinical experience. In addition, third year family practice residents receive a one-month required experience in primary and specialty care of older adults.
This experience includes rotations in Geriatric Assessment Clinic, Wound Care, Neuro-ophthalmology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and skilled care and long-term care facilities. All the residents receive monthly geriatric medicine topics as part of the core curriculum in Family Medicine and a quarterly interprofessional retreat on the care of older adults.