Advances In Aging Lecture Series

Inpatient Geriatric Consultation

Karen Parker, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine, and Palliative Medicine
University of Arizona Department of Medicine

When Dr. Parker was an outpatient geriatrician, she realized that she and her fellow geriatricians were avoiding sending patients to the hospital at all costs due to the risks of iatrogenic harm, including incorrect diagnoses, inappropriate prescribing practices for elders, and inappropriate discharge plans. She decided to go back to work in the inpatient setting as a hospitalist to see what could be done about that. So here she is as an internist, a hospitalist, and a geriatrician teaching and consulting at Banner University Medical Center Tucson in the inpatient setting. She hopes to teach everyone here, including non-geriatricians, how to take excellent care of our elders in the hospital.






Inpatient Geriatric Consultation
Monday, August 9, 2021 from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm (MST)

  • Describe models of inpatient geriatric care
  • Describe the role of Geriatric consultation in the hospital setting and common reasons for consultation
  • Review evidence that Geriatric consultation improves outcomes for elders
  • Review the story of a woman with cognitive decline and how the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment facilitated the diagnosis
  • Review delirium diagnosis and treatment – the most common geriatric syndrome consulted for in the inpatient setting

This lecture will be broadcasted by a web livestream link:


Accreditation Statement:

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement(s):

All faculty, CME planning committee members, and the CME office reviewers have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity.

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