09 Feb '11, 2pm

Hands-on approach in learning how to treat elderly patients

Hands-on approach in learning how to treat elderly patients

SINGAPORE : A new workshop on geriatrics is training medical students from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine to treat elderly patients - by letting them be in their shoes. The aim of the the workshop is to let students sink into the character of some of their patients, and feel how it is like to be an elderly person. The two-week course teaches students to appreciate the challenges faced, such as reading the labels on medication, or self-administrating insulin. The module, titled Foundations in Geriatric Medicine, received positive feedback from its pilot cohort last year, and looks set to stay in the syllabus. Hua Rong Bing, a student at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine - a member of the National University Health System - said: "We thought maybe it was just about getting old, getting slower. But there are actually a lot of other hindrances in life. When we w...

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