The Geriatric Medicine Fellowship has a didactic curriculum designed to supplement and enhance the fellows' learning experiences throughout the year. Listed below are some of the major components of the didactic curriculum.
Monthly Didactic Block: The Geriatric Medicine Fellowship has one half day of didactics per month. Didactic blocks cover core topics that enhance the fellows' clinical knowledge. Each core topic has 3-5 lectures that are covered in the block. Lectures are delivered by Geriatric Medicine faculty and from other physicians around the hospital. Geriatric Medicine fellows are also invited to attend the Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellows' noon conference lectures on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Weekly Board Review: Approximately half way through the fellowship, fellows have weekly board review sessions, where they discuss practice questions and learn test-taking strategies with program faculty.
Case Conferences: Fellows lead 3 case conferences over the course of the year. Case conferences provide a time for fellows to reflect on a difficult or interesting patient case and engage in group discussion about ways to approach patient care.
Journal Club: Fellows lead 3 journal clubs over the course of the year. Fellows find a recent journal article and create a presentation to educate the Geriatrics and Hospice and Palliative care teams about their chosen topic.
Grand Rounds: Fellows lead 1 grand rounds presentation during the fellowship. Fellows select their topic and educate the audience about how their selected topic impacts patient care or how physicians should practice.
Schwartz Rounds: Schwartz Rounds take place once per month. An interdisciplinary panel of providers and staff present an emotionally challenging case and provide an opportunity for dialogue about the care team and how to manage burnout.