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Education in the Senior-Friendly ED

Adapted from the Education section of the Geriatric Emergency Medicine Guidelines

Education in the Senior-Friendly ED

“The success of the Geriatric ED programs rests largely on the education of a multi-disciplinary staff directed toward the needs of the geriatric population.”

What Should it Include?

An education program should include the following subjects:

  • Atypical presentations of disease
  • Trauma and falls
  • Cognitive evaluation and delirium
  • Medication management
  • Pain management and palliative care
  • Functional assessment and discharge plan
  • Others: abdominal pain in older adults, general weakness evaluation, elder abuse and neglect, ethical and cultural issues

Who Should it Target?

Health professional including the following:

  • Medical students
  • Residents (Family medicine, emergency medicine, internal medicine and surgery)
  • Emergency Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Emergency Medical Services personnel (EMS)


A mix of didactic lectures, case conference, simulations, journal clubs and hands-on education.
Web-based materials. There is an amazing website that correspond to the educational program needs and suits various level of healthcare providers: www.geri-em.com. It is free and provides training credentials (CME credits).
Periodic re-education and updates on changes of procedure or community programs.


Objectives of a specific geriatric training are the following:

  • To increase awareness of the various medical issues specific to this population;
  • To better understand, assess and address the needs of the elderly population;
  • To provide familiarity with use of quick bedside assessment tools;
  • To generate a culture of change and adaptability about this major demographic shift.

Ideas for Increasing Engagement

Here is a good trick to engage your ED team to pursue this training: show them that there is a significant gap in knowledge about geriatric medicine by using a survey/questionnaire!
Do not forget to train and monitor new staff on all senior-friendly initiatives before they starting to working in your Senior-Friendly ED.

References and Resources

  • The Geri-ED Guidelines
  • www.Geri-EM.com continuing education resource
  • Seymour B, Chijioke R, Patel A, et al. Portal of Online Geriatric Education (POGOe): High fidelity simulations to teach key concepts in emergency department care of the elderly Portal of Online Geriatric Education (POGOe) web site. Available at: http://www.pogoe.org/productid/20973. Accessed September 25, 2013.
  • Brymer C, Cavanagh P, Denomy E, et al. The effect of a geriatric education program on emergency nurses. J Emerg Nurs. 2001;27: 27-32.
  • Biese K, Roberts E, LaMantia MA, et al. Effect of a geriatric curriculum on emergency medicine resident attitudes, knowledge, and decision-making. Acad Emerg Med. 2011;18: S92-S96.
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  • Geriatric Videos American College of Emergency Physicians web site. Available at: http://www.acep.org/Clinical—Practice-Management/Geriatric-Videos/. Accessed March 31, 2017.
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  • Hogan TM, Losman ED, Carpenter CR, et al. Development of geriatric competencies for emergency medicine residents using an expert consensus process. Acad Emerg Med 2010;17: 316-324.
  • Leipzig RM, Granville L, Simpson D, et al. Keeping granny safe on July 1: a consensus on minimum geriatrics competencies for graduating medical students. Acad Med. 2009;84: 604-610.
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  • Meldon SW, Ma OJ, Woolard R. Geriatric Emergency Medicine, 1 ed., Dallas, McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.; 2004.

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I graduated as an Emergency Physician from Université Laval in 2016 and I completed a Fellowship in Geriatric Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto in 2017. My specific interests are in teaching, research and management of the ED with one objective: Providing the best care for older adults in the Emergency Department.

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