The Department of Veterans Affairs at the Central Alabama Health Care System (CAVHCS) has established a rotation in Geriatrics, Extended Care & Rehabilitation (GEC&R) Service line for Internal Medicine residents. This one month rotation is designated to provide a basic introduction to practices in the Community Living Center Long Term Care, Outpatient Geriatric Primary Care, Home Based Primary Care, and limited exposure to an Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. The training encompasses the examination, diagnosis, evaluation, admission, participation as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team, treatment and prevention of primary and secondary disorders, and exposure to newly emerging techniques with therapeutic modalities for inpatient rehabilitation.
The experiences include but are not limited to:
Community Living Center - A Nursing Home environment: admissions, discharges, interdisciplinary team participation and clinical rounds.
Geriatrics Primary Care - Examination and evaluation, diagnostic and care management in an outpatient setting.
Home Based Primary Care - Examination and evaluation, diagnostic and care management in a home based setting.
Acute Rehabilitation - Observation and participation in rehabilitative therapeutic treatment during inpatient hospitalizations.
Geriatrics General Program Goals
- Perform comprehensive geriatric assessment with a multidisciplinary team.
- Understand the physiology of normal aging and disease presentation.
- Be familiar with legal/ethical issues involved in geriatric care.
- Learn path-physiology and Mental Health problems common to elderly and their environment.
- Be familiar with the significance of different programs in the VHA to serve the needs of the elderly.
- Acquire knowledge about community resources and serve as a team leader in coordinating care.
- Develop sufficient knowledge base that will cover geriatrics portion of the internal Medicine boards.
Send completed processing packet to the following address:
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System
ATTN: Joe Lynn (11E)
Acting Administrative Officer for Education
215 Perry Hill Rd
Montgomery, AL 36109
For assistance contact Mr. Lynn at:
Joseph.Lynn@va.gov or (334) 260-4177.
NOTE: Incomplete student processing packets will not be processed and you will not be able to start your residency training.
All incoming Residents must be fingerprinted before their arrival at CAVHCS. To complete this requirement, residents are to report to the Atlanta VA Medical Center; 1670 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033. Contact person at the Atlanta VAMC is Ms. Freida Philpotts. Please see Ms. Danyala Cotton of Morehous regarding scheduling your appointment with Ms. Philpotts for fingerprinting. This is to be completed at least one (1) month prior to your arrival.
- One government issued photo ID (i.e. driver license, military ID, passport) and one non-photo ID (see list on VA Form 0711, page 5, item 4 above).
- Permanent Resident Card (if applicable).
- Vehicle Registration and proof of insurance (if applying for a VA parking permit).