A programme in undergraduate geriatric education: the Beer Sheva experiment

D. GALINSKY, R. COHEN, C. SCHNEIRMAN, Y. GELPER, Z. NIR

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Abstract

The Beer Sheva medical school was started in 1974 with the objective of training primary care doctors to meet the health needs of the Negev region of Israel. This paper describes a programme developed at Beer Sheva to prepare students to deal with the health‐related problems of the elderly. Students begin their contact with the elderly in their first year (early clinical teaching programme) and continue this exposure in varying degrees during the 6 year curriculum. A preliminary study has shown that there is a trend for students to commence their studies with positive attitudes toward the elderly. The early clinical teaching programme which emphasizes interviewing skills, knowledge about ageing and community services that relate to the aged, reinforces the student's sensitivity to geriatric issues. In order to maintain the student's interest in working with the elderly, it is apparent that it will be necessary to educate both hospital and community‐based physicians to provide positive role models for students. 1983 Blackwell Publishing

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-104
Number of pages5
JournalMedical Education
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1983

Keywords

  • *Curriculum
  • *Education
  • Attitude of health personnel
  • Geriatrics/*educ
  • Goals
  • Israel
  • Primary health care
  • Students
  • medical
  • medical/psychol
  • undergraduate

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