Advancing Geriatrics Education Through a Faculty Development Program for Geriatrics-Oriented Clinician Educators.
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Geriatrician and nongeriatrician faculty need instruction as teachers to provide quality training for a broader community of physicians who can care for the expanding population of older adults. Educators at Duke University designed a program to equip geriatrician and nongeriatrician faculty to develop quality educational programs and teach medical learners about geriatrics. Eighty-three faculty representing 52 institutions from across the United States participated in mini-fellowship programs (2005-09) consisting of workshops and 1-year follow-up mentoring by Duke faculty. Participants attended 1-week on-campus sessions on curriculum development and teaching skills and designed and implemented a curriculum in their home institution. Participant specialties included general medicine (nearly 50%), family medicine, surgery, psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine, and emergency medicine. Pre- and postprogram self-efficacy surveys, program evaluation surveys, and 6- and 12-month progress reports on scholars' educational projects were used to assess the effect of the Duke mini-fellowship programs on participants' educational practices. Forty-four scholars (56%) completed the end-of-year self-efficacy survey and end-of-program evaluation. Self-efficacy results indicated significant gains (P < .001) in 12 items assessed at 1 week and 1 year. Scholars reported the largest average gains at 1 year in applying adult learning principles in the design of educational programs (1.72), writing measurable learning objectives (1.51), and identifying optimal instructional methods to deliver learning objectives (1.50). Participants described improved knowledge and skills in designing curricula, implemented new and revised geriatrics curricula, and demonstrated commitment to faculty development and improving learning experiences for medical learners. This faculty development program improved participants' self-efficacy in curriculum design and teaching and enhanced geriatrics education in their home institutions.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1111/jgs.13824
Publication InfoBuhr, GT; Cohen, Harvey Jay; Elbert-Avila, Katja Ingrid; Heflin, Mitchell Tod; Pinheiro, Sandro O; & White, HK (2015). Advancing Geriatrics Education Through a Faculty Development Program for Geriatrics-Oriented Clinician Educators. J Am Geriatr Soc, 63(12). pp. 2580-2587. 10.1111/jgs.13824. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/13054.
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Professor of Medicine
Dr. Cohen's research program includes clinical research relating to aspects of the pathways to functional decline and reilience with aging, geriatric assessment, and cancer and anemia in the elderly. Pathways to functional decline are being explored through the NIA funded Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, and includes studies of the contributions of age related physiologic change, in particular changes in inflammatory parameters, comorbid diseases and con
Associate Professor of Medicine
Professor of Medicine
My research is focused on the issues surrounding decisions to perform cancer screening procedures in older adults. In recent work, we have investigated the impact of comorbid illness on receipt of mammography, clinical breast examination, Pap smear, and fecal occult blood testing. We are also completing work on a nationwide survey of primary care physicians inquiring about their intentions to offer cancer screening tests to older adults, specifically examining the role of health status on this d
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