By 2020, most physicians can anticipate that at least 30% of clinic (office) patients, 60% of hospitalized patients, and 95% of continuing care patients will be aged 65 and older. Many family practitioners and non-geriatric specialists (despite sometimes frequent contact with elderly patients) lack the information and training necessary to recognize the special needs of their oldest patients and often can’t distinguish pathology from normal aging. Therefore, medical schools need to address how all physicians will be able to care for older people effectively.
Medical associations in Canada and the United States have developed geriatric learning competencies for medical programs in recognition of the lack of standardized geriatric instruction. However, a limited focus on geriatric curricula remains.
The macPAGE program is based on six pillars of geriatric education. These pillars represent a breadth of experiences and the different facets that contribute to the care of older adults. This program is designed as an opportunity for learners to engage in experiential education; enhance skills and geriatrics-related competencies; and to serve as a catalogue of geriatrics-related educational experiences. In order to meet the criteria and receive a MacPage Geriatric Competency Certificate, learners must complete experiences within four of the six pillars listed above.
Brendan Lew, MD Candidate | McMaster University
Jessica Ashbourne, MD Candidate | McMaster University
Andrew Costa, PhD | McMaster University
Graham Campbell, MA | McMaster University
Amy Doris, BSc Kin. | University of Waterloo
Joanne Ho, MD, FRCPC, MSc | McMaster University
Cathy Morris, MD, FRCPSC | McMaster University
Margo Mountjoy, MD, CCFP, FCFP | McMaster University
Sophiya Benjamin, MBBS, Dip. ABPN | Grand River Hospital