EM1706K "From Prehab to Rehab: Opportunities in Geriatric Perioperative Medicine" (IM GR-061617)

The population is aging. Advances in perioperative care and technology have made surgery a viable therapeutic option even in the extremes of age and health status, but surgery still carries significant short and long-term risks, especially for patients with poor functional status and multiple comorbidities. Internists play a big role in the care of the surgical patient, from the primary care physician who traditionally assesses risk and helps patients and surgeons decide whether surgery is appropriate to the hospitalist who co-manages patients in the postoperative period to the “SNFist” who manages their care in the skilled nursing facility following discharge. This talk will outline issues that are particularly important to the geriatric surgery patient and highlight opportunities for internists to be involved in improving the care this vulnerable population receives.

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Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Articulate the challenges that an aging population poses to perioperative providers and the health system.
  • Advocate for more meaningful quality metrics for older adults undergoing surgery.
  • Recognize frailty as an important factor in quantifying perioperative risks and a potential opportunity for risk mitigation.
  • Incorporate best practices for delirium prevention in the inpatient period.
  • Appreciate emerging multidisciplinary interprofessional models of care seeking to improve the quality of care delivered to older surgical patients.
Course summary
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  • 1.00 AMA
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Photo: Thomas Dalton, M.D.Thomas Dalton, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Geriatric Medicine

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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