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Introduction to Clinical Geriatrics


Completion of the sophomore year of medical school.

Purpose and Overview:

Summa Health System offers the medical student exposure to an integrated continuous system of healthcare delivery for the older adult. Introduction to Clinical Geriatrics will provide opportunities to see medical care provided to older adults in multiple inpatient, outpatient, and long-term care settings.


Upon completion of this rotation, the student will:

  1. Have a working knowledge of "normal aging" and incorporate this knowledge in the care of geriatric patients.
  2. Be able to discuss the importance of functional assessment and interdisciplinary team management of the complex frail elderly.
  3. Be able to perform a comprehensive geriatric assessment.
  4. Have an awareness of various community support resources for the older adult.


  1. Comprehensive geriatric assessment and patient care in an outpatient assessment center, subacute rehabilitation unit, Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit, and nursing homes.
  2. Site visits to community support services (Area Agency on Aging and Adult Day Care).
  3. Presentation of a case study and treatment plan for a geriatric patient.
  4. Selected reading and topic review with faculty.

Night Call/Special Requirements:


Responsible Faculty/Rank:

  1. Natalie Kayani, M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine, NEOMED/Senior Services
  2. MaryJo Cleveland, M.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, NEOMED
  3. Bong Kauh, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, NEOMED

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