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Medical College of Wisconsin Geriatrics Curriculum Initiatives

Geriatrics Education Teams (GETs)

Today’s physicians are actively involved in interprofessional teams, requiring medical education and residency training to incorporate the theory and practice of teams and teamwork. To address this need, we have created an interprofessional residency education collaborative tasked to develop curricula focusing on areas of clinical aging knowledge and their underlying basic sciences.

The collaboratives, known as Geriatrics Education Teams (GETs) each consist of 1-2 members from the following groups: geriatricians, subspecialty residency/fellowship program director/faculty, residents/fellows, medical educators and medical students.  The purpose of a GET is two-fold: (1) to address the need for specialty-specific geriatrics GME training by creating curriculum consistent with gaps identified through formal needs assessment; and (2) to assume the role of co-authors in developing 1-2 page "just in time" teaching resources, topic-defined Geriatric Fast Facts. This effort is funded by the Donald W Reynolds Foundation's "Next Steps" Award and amplified with a HRSA Geriatrics Education Center grant. For more information please contact Bambi Wessel (

  Year 1
Curriculum Component Team Developed

Family Medicine

Team Lead: Nancy Havas, MD

Active learning, hands-on, small group sessions for Family Medicine residents associated with their FM CURE program


Team Lead: Brahm Vasudev, MD

OSCE: Patient Case: Mr/Mrs JP Merrill: Confusion + Shortness of Breathe

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Team Lead: Diane Braza, MD

Interactive Presentation:

  • Basic gait physiology incorporating anatomy, physiology, and neurology
  • Common geriatric gait pathologies with video demonstration and interactive group participation.
  • Multiple choice exam integrating basic and clinical sciences.

Trauma Surgery

Team Lead: Travis Webb, MD

  • Team-based Learning (TBL) exercise
  • Patient Case
  • Prep Work
  • iRAT
  • gRAT
  Year 2


Team Lead: Catherine Malmsten, MD

  • OSCES: Patient cases: 83 y o male with end stage heart failure + 80 y o female with dementia
  • Small & Large Group Discussions

Emergency Medicine

Team Lead: Colleen Crowe, MD, MPH

TBL Activity

  • Patient case: 82 y o, confused, visit to the ER
  • Session included using Geriatrics Fast Facts 11, 22, & 23 as teaching tools.


Team Lead: Bhavna Sheth, MD

  • Interactive
  • Case-based session
  • Session included the introduction of using Geriatrics Fast Facts as a teaching tool. 


Team Lead: Thomas Kidder, MD

Otolaryngology Grand Rounds entitled "Perioperative Risk Assessment in Geriatrics Patients" presented by Luke Jakubowski, MD (PGY4) and a GET member


Team Lead: Guillermo Carrera, MD

  • 3-part lecture series on Bone & DEXA
  • Uploaded to online (ANGEL) module
  • Currently developing Pre/Post tests that will be incorporated into each of the 3 lectures.
  Year 3


Team Lead: Thomas Ebert, MD

  • Created an online (D2L) "required" module for first-year residents. 
  • Content will consist of videos
  • Pre/Post Tests


Team Lead: Patrick Foy, MD


Hospitalists (Aurora HealthCare)

Team Lead: Mike Malone, MD

Collaborative MCW/Aurora project -- developing an app of the Geriatrics Fast Facts

Medicine (Residency Program)

Team Lead: Jessica Kuester, MD

Noon Rounds/Conference


Team Lead: Elizabeth Nilsson, MD

Academic 1/2 during their residency retreat focusing on elder abuse.

Utilized the SANE program.

  Year 4

Patient Safety and Quality Care

Team Lead: Jerome Van Ruiswyk, MD

Annual VA intern and resident orientation to includes geriatric basics and discussion on use of stroke card.

Monthly new resident orientation related to stroke safety.

Monthly stroke simulation






Pulmonary Critical Care

Team Lead: Nevin Uysal-Biggs, MD

Day-long event
Visiting Distinguished Professor, Dr. Matthew R. Baldwin (9/19) Department of Medicine's Grand Rounds - "Older Adults in the ICU - Why Frailty Matters"

Noon Hour Teaching Session with Fellows

Rounding with the Pulmonary Team

Radiation Oncology

Team Lead: Colleen Lawton, MD

Two consequent morning conference per year; didactic informational Tuesday morning and geriatric focused case discussions on Mondays.


Hospitalists - Interprofessional Collaboration with Aurora Healthcare

Team Lead: Michael Malone, MD

Collaborative MCW/Aurora project -- developed an mobile website: Geriatrics Fast Facts


GETs Interprofessional Collaboration and Scholarly Dissemination



Meet Our Virtual Patients

Mr. Malone Mrs. DuBois Mr. Clifford Mr. Andrews Mrs. Tang

A series of geriatrics virtual patient teaching CDs and resources based on five geriatrics patients. The CD allows an instructor to access via disease topics or specialty/discipline links, resources to illustrate key concepts associated with various basic science disciplines and clinical specialties. Each CD consists of the following:

Video clips (1-3 min in length) of the geriatric patient who ages over a 20-30 year span depicting the patient's interactions with interdisciplinary healthcare members.

Radiographic images associated with the patient's disease including x-rays, swallow studies, bone density scans, and carotid Doppler studies.

Assessment results using common geriatric tools.

Looking for a specific topic?  View a document (PDF) that shows a listing of each CD and the specific topic areas for each.


Objective Structured Video Examinations (OSVEs)

A series of 4 OSVE toolkits; each tool addresses 2 or more of the ACGME six core competencies and contains > 20 video triggers and associated components: instructor guide, assessment tool, video trigger, and scoring key. 


For more information please contact Bambi Wessel (