Geriatric CME

Internal Medicine 2014 offered a rich program of courses in the area of Geriatric Medicine. Some of the courses offered at Internal Medicine 2014 are available for sale in electronic formats.


Clinical Triad: Aging Issues

This course answers the following questions:

Segment A: Identifying the Unsafe Driver Learning Objectives:

1. What are the screening and assessment tools used to evaluate driving safety and how can these tools be incorporated into an efficient 10-minute examination?

2. What are the key points to address when counseling a patient to stop driving, and what strategies help manage challenging cases?

3. What are the physician's ethical and legal considerations related to reporting unsafe drivers?

Segment B: Preventing Financial Exploitation Learning Objectives:

1. What risk factors and clinical clues are associated with financial exploitation?

2. What is the health care provider's role in this issue?

3. How is an assessment of an individual's financial decision-making capacity performed and appropriately documented?

Segment C: Implementing the Advance Care Plan: POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatments) Learning Objectives:

1. What are the limitations of common advance directives?

2. How does discussion of code status distract from other, more important end-of-life care issues?

3. How is POLST different from other advance directives, and what lessons have been learned from communities using POLST?


Promoting Successful Aging with Exercise  

This course answers the following questions:

  1. What is sarcopenia, and what can be done about it?
  2. What is the evidence for exercise benefits in older patients?
  3. What targeted exercises are indicated for specific, common medical conditions?
  4. What assessment is indicated before initiating an exercise program?
  5. How is an exercise prescription written?



Reducing Falls and Injuries in Older Adults  

This course answers the following questions:

  1. What efficient falls screening strategies can be incorporated into the annual wellness visit?
  2. What evidence exists for successful interventions to reduce falls and injuries?
  3. What is the role of vitamin D supplementation for the prevention of falls and fractures?
  4. How is a patient's need for vitamin D assessed?
  5. What is the current thinking on the use of high and low dose vitamin D?


Update in Geriatric Medicine

This course covers the following topics:

  • Dementia
  • Office screening for mild cognitive impairment
  • Proposed new therapies for Alzheimer's disease (vitamin E, statins)
  • Diabetes
  • New guidelines for glycemic control in older adults
  • Glucose control and dementia
  • Complications of drug therapy
  • Updated Beers List
  • Proton pump inhibitors, NSAIDS
  • Office-based falls assessment and management
  • Strategies to reduce 30 day hospital readmissions
  • New hypertension treatment guidelines