Geriatrics 5Ms for Primary Care Workshop

Sarah C. Phillips, Chelsea E. Hawley, Laura K. Triantafylidis, Andrea Wershof Schwartz

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Introduction: The Geriatrics 5Ms provide a novel framework for caring for older adults that directly maps to the current Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) core competencies in geriatrics for internal and family medicine residents. Using the 5Ms framework of Mobility, Medications, Mind, Multicomplexity, and Matters Most, we conducted a workshop for residents in a primary care clinic to improve care of older adults. Methods: Through Kern's six-step approach to curriculum development, we used our needs assessment and stakeholder interviews to guide development of a half-day Geriatrics 5Ms workshop for residents in primary care. The workshop was piloted with 33 internal medicine residents and included interactive modules and point-of-care tools for each of the Geriatrics 5Ms centered on a longitudinal primary care patient case. Results: Initial evaluation of the workshop showed high satisfaction and indicated residents appreciated learning about point-of-care tools for primary care, particularly for cognitive assessment, prognosticating, and deprescribing. Of the learners completing the workshop, 75% reported high self-efficacy ratings (score > 3.5) on the Geriatrics 5Ms domains, compared to only 40% of control learners and 20% of learners completing the preworkshop needs assessment. Discussion: A longitudinal, interactive, case-based workshop using the Geriatrics 5Ms framework improved primary care residents' self-efficacy and knowledge of tools in the care of older adults and geriatric competencies outlined by the ACGME. The workshop offers an innovative and efficient method to teach geriatrics to residents in primary care and prepare them to care for an aging population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10814
Number of pages1
JournalMedEdPORTAL : the journal of teaching and learning resources
StatePublished - 15 Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Dementia
  • Deprescribing
  • Elderly
  • Falls
  • Geriatrics
  • Primary Care
  • Prognosis


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