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ERIC Number: EJ837876
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1960
The Importance of "High Valence" Events in a Successful Program for Teaching Geriatrics to Medical Students
Boling, Peter A.; Willett, Rita M.; Gentili, Angela; Abbey, Linda J.; Lawson, Sonya R.; Schlesinger, Jeanne B.; Meyers, Elizabeth M.
Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, v28 n3 p59-72 Jan 2008
Virginia Commonwealth University developed an enhanced medical student geriattic curriculum that includes required home visits and nursing home visits for second year students (180 per year), an annual Forum on Aging for all first and second year students, and small group exercises. We added 30 hours of basic science material to pre-clinical courses and increased clinical exposure to geriatricians in third and fourth years. Student satisfaction with individual experiences was high. Persistent effects of "high valence" required activities, where emotion played a role, was shown by post-pre survey techniques and focus groups. Fourth year AAMC exit questionnaire items in areas addressed by this curriculum improved markedly between 2002 and 2006, while an internal control changed much less. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia