CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Aug. 29, 2002
UI physicians working to advance geriatric medical education
Three faculty members in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver
College of Medicine have received funding for pilot projects in geriatric
medical education. The awards were made possible by a grant originally given
by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation last year for the UI's program, "Strengthening
Geriatric Education in Iowa." The program draws on the collaborative
expertise of UI physicians and researchers to create innovative learning experiences
for medical students, residents and physicians.
William Hammonds, M.D., UI professor (clinical) of anesthesia, received $5,000
to organize a one-day educational program on special pain problems of the
elderly. The event, designed for medical students, residents and faculty of
the UI Carver College of Medicine, will include lectures given by health care
professionals. In addition, case presentations given by physicians will feature
patients who have pain problems common in the elderly. The patients will describe
their pain, and each description will be followed by a physician's explanation
of the patient's problem.
Patricia Davis, M.D., UI associate professor of neurology, will use a $6,000
award to develop Web-based interactive learning materials that illustrate
the diagnosis, anatomic localization and treatment of stroke in the elderly.
The program will be used by third- and fourth-year medical students during
their neurology clerkships to help them improve competency in caring for geriatric
stroke patients. The educational tool will present a variety of selected stroke
cases and will complement patient care experiences that students have on the
An award of $5,000 will allow Jeffrey Spiess, M.D., UI associate professor
(clinical) of internal medicine, to develop a curriculum for the palliative
medicine and hospice care clinical rotation for internal medicine residents.
Topics covered in the curriculum will include pain control, advance directives,
communicating bad news, and ethical and legal issues in the care of the dying
patient. Spiess and colleagues will create a community-based experience in
hospice care that will include visits to patients' homes and extended care
facilities. In addition, hospice professionals will educate residents on topics
such as drug therapy, psychological issues, spiritual care, grief and bereavement.
The program also will have a component on evaluating swallowing disorders,
a common condition in elderly and terminally ill patients that can lead to
complications or even death.
Gary Rosenthal, M.D., UI professor of internal medicine and director of the
UI Division of General Internal Medicine, and Gerald Jogerst, M.D., UI associate
professor of family medicine, are co-principal investigators of the overall
$2 million, four-year Donald W. Reynolds Foundation geriatric education grant.
"The new pilot awards will make important contributions in several areas
that are often inadequately covered in traditional medical curricula,"
He added that the pilot awards will supplement other programs currently funded
by Reynolds Foundation grants and that he hopes to make additional awards
for pilot projects over the next three years.
Davis, Hammonds, Rosenthal and Spiess are all staff physicians with the Veterans
Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Iowa City. In addition, Rosenthal is a health
services researcher with the Iowa City VAMC and director of the Program for
Interdisciplinary Research in Health Care Organization at the VAMC.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics
and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services
they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.