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Palliative Medicine and Geriatrics Track

Track Leader: Otto Weis, M.D.

WeissThis track is designed to provide additional training for residents interested in immersion experiences in Palliative Medicine and Geriatrics. The residents will be able to individualize their training by selecting the amount of time they would prefer to spend in the Palliative Medicine and Geriatric portions of this track. In addition, there will be a variety of settings in which to further their Palliative Medicine training as well as their Geriatric training, depending on the resident's interest and need.

Educational Objectives:

By the end of the track the resident will be able to:

  • Provide exceptional clinical care to the older adult patient.
  • Be competent with the knowledge and skills that is needed by future family physicians to provide optimal care of the geriatric patient.
  • Provide exceptional and compassionate care to patients at the end of life.
  • Engage in and support a multi-disciplinary approach to the geriatric and palliative care patient.
  • Provide advocacy for geriatric care and end of life care in our current health care delivery system.

Core Curricular Components:

  • A Core Clinical Curriculum in Palliative Medicine will utilize the Middlesex Hospital Hospice unit as a prime site.  Additional experiences will be available through Middlesex Hospital Homecare and Hartford Hospitals Palliative Medicine Team.  Clinical geriatric experiences will be at Portland Care and Rehabilitation and Apple Rehabilitation working with local medical directors.  Didactic and clinical experiences will be available through the Travelers Center for Aging in Hartford, CT as well as the Dorothy Adler Geriatric Center at Yale.  Additional sites may include other Connecticut tertiary nursing home settings including the Hebrew Home in West Hartford.  Additional outpatient experiences in geriatrics will be available through UConn Health Center, Middlesex Hospital Homecare, and various PM&R settings and geriatric-psychiatric experiences at Middlesex Hospital and local skilled nursing facilities.
  • This track will utilize active patient management, bedside teaching, multi-disciplinary groups, small group discussions and computer assisted learning modules.
  • Residents may chose to be active members of the the Middlesex Hospital Bioethics Committee, Pain Management Service and Geriatric Sub-committee
  • Involvement in long-term pathway projects on pain management and end of life care and geriatric assessment are available.