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CMA offers accredited course on care of the elderly

As the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) strengthens its campaign to place seniors care high on the political agenda, the association is also providing tools for its members to improve care for this patient population.

The association now offers an accredited CME course on care of the elderly, available online to CMA members exclusively.

The course discusses clinical cases covering several topics commonly experienced when caring for elderly patients in primary care. It also provides a practical approach to managing: falls, multiple medications, cognitive changes and weight loss.

“These are all problems that family physicians deal with each week, if not daily,” said CMA President Chris Simpson.

The clinical guidance offered in this course will help primary care physicians improve the quality of life for their geriatric patients, he said, adding “without excellent family medicine care of the geriatric patient, the impact of the aging population on our health care system and society will be even greater.”

The two-hour module is taught by: Dr. Christopher Frank, clinical leader of specialized geriatric services at Providence Care, Kingston, ON, and associate professor of medicine at Queen’s University; Dr. Michelle Gibson, director of student assessment, undergraduate medical education and assistant professor of medicine at Queen’s; Dr. Frank Molnar, medical director of the Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario and associate professor at the University of Ottawa.

Completion of the course is eligible for two MainPro–M1 credits from the College of Family Physicians of Canada and two Maintenance of Certification credits (Section 1) from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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