Using Medicare Annual Wellness Visits and telehealth to enhance ambulatory geriatrics education among medical students

Vanessa Rodriguez, Veronica Rivera, Suzanne Goldhirsch, Ravishankar Ramaswamy

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The Medicare Annual Wellness visit (AWV) was mandated as a fully covered benefit for older adults to enhance preventive care and improve healthcare outcomes. Although the benefit of conducting AWV is proven, its adoption in primary care is far from universal. The COVID-19 pandemic affected medical education and clinical care in unprecedented ways. Telehealth became a prominent way of delivering healthcare. Older adults, being significantly affected by the pandemic-related mortality and morbidity, were less likely to engage in preventive care with their healthcare providers. Amidst this considerable shift, we conceptualized a clinical experience for third-year medical students during their Ambulatory Care - Geriatrics clerkship that involved a telehealth interaction with an older adult to review AWV components, followed by an in-person office visit with the geriatrician preceptor. Post-session survey data highlighted the beneficial effect on student learning about older adult health maintenance, immunizations and geriatric syndrome assessment. It also facilitated self-directed learning and increased student-patient rapport. Preceptors appreciated the additional elements of care identified by the telehealth call that would otherwise not have been addressed in a time-limited office visit. This hybrid clinical experience reduced crowding in ambulatory clinical space during the COVID-19 pandemic, yet enhanced learning for students in geriatrics preventive care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)584-589
Number of pages6
JournalGerontology and Geriatrics Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2022


  • Medicare Annual Wellness Visit
  • ambulatory care
  • medical student
  • preventive care
  • telehealth


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