EUROPEAN UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM IN GERIATRIC MEDICINE DEVELOPED USING AN INTERNATIONAL MODIFIED DELPHI TECHNIQUE

Mario Barbagallo, Adam Lee Gordon, Katrin Singler, Adrian Blundell, Adrian Goeldlin, Ken Mulpeter, Tahir Masud, Andreas Stuck, Regina Roller

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Abstract

Introduction: the rise in the number of older, frail adults necessitates that future doctors are adequately trained in the skills ofgeriatric medicine. Few countries have dedicated curricula in geriatric medicine at the undergraduate level. The aim of thisproject was to develop a consensus among geriatricians on a curriculum with the minimal requirements that a medical studentshould achieve by the end of medical school.Methods: a modified Delphi process was used. First, educational experts and geriatricians proposed a set of learning objectivesbased on a literature review. Second, three Delphi rounds involving a panel with 49 experts representing 29 countriesaffiliated to the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) was used to gain consensus for a final curriculum.Results: the number of disagreements following Delphi Rounds 1 and 2 were 81 and 53, respectively. Complete agreementwas reached following the third round. The final curriculum consisted of detailed objectives grouped under 10 overarchinglearning outcomes.Discussion: a consensus on the minimum requirements of geriatric learning objectives for medical students has been agreedby European geriatricians. Major efforts will be needed to implement these requirements, given the large variation in thequality of geriatric teaching in medical schools. This curriculum is a first step to help improve teaching of geriatrics in medicalschools, and will also serve as a basis for advancing postgraduate training in geriatrics across Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)695-702
Number of pages8
JournalAge and Ageing
Volume43
Publication statusPublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ageing
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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