A curriculum to teach internal medicine residents to perform house calls for older adults

J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007 Aug;55(8):1287-94. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2007.01252.x.


Physician house calls are an important but underused mode of delivering health care to a growing population of homebound elderly patients. One major barrier to internal medicine physicians making house calls is a lack of training in this setting. This article describes a needs assessment survey of residents from nine internal medicine residency programs for a house call curriculum that combines a longitudinal clinical experience with Internet-based learning. Implementation of the curriculum was begun in July 2006, and data will be collected and results evaluated for at least 2 years. Several educational outcomes from the intervention are anticipated, including increased learner knowledge of house call medicine, improved learner confidence in making house calls, and program director satisfaction with the curriculum. This early work lays the foundation for determining the effect of a carefully designed curriculum on the number of practicing internists with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to meet the growing need for physician house calls.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Curriculum*
  • Female
  • House Calls*
  • Humans
  • Internal Medicine / education*
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Male
  • Surveys and Questionnaires