Academic detailing to teach aging and geriatrics

Gerontol Geriatr Educ. 2015;36(4):331-42. doi: 10.1080/02701960.2014.918037. Epub 2014 Jun 5.


Geriatric education is a required component of internal medicine training. Work hour rules and hectic schedules have challenged residency training programs to develop and utilize innovative teaching methods. In this study, the authors examined the use of academic detailing as a teaching intervention in their residents' clinic and on the general medicine inpatient wards to improve clinical knowledge and skills in geriatric care. The authors found that this teaching method enables efficient, directed education without disrupting patient care. We were able to show improvements in medical knowledge as well as self-efficacy across multiple geriatric topics.

Keywords: academic; academic gerontology; active learning; geriatric education; geriatric education curriculum; geriatric education/training; geriatric medical education; geriatrics.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence
  • Education* / methods
  • Education* / organization & administration
  • Geriatrics / education*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / methods*
  • Program Evaluation
  • South Carolina
  • Tertiary Care Centers