Residents must show understanding of geriatric syndromes such as delirium, falls, lack of mobility, malnutrition, and pressure sores, as well as other incapacitating conditions. In addition, detailed knowledge of medication usage is vital, as patients may often be frail or experiencing an acute episode, be in hospital, have a long-term disability, or be in palliative care. Residents will therefore be equipped to provide a quality service which subsequently passes the baton to primary care, with help from the interdisciplinary team (nursing, social work, physiotherapy, psychology, etc.) and in coordination with other specialists from primary and hospital care.
Psychogeriatrics is a recurring aspect of the Department’s healthcare activities. Specifically, cognitive deterioration, dementia, depression, insomnia and the use of psychiatric drugs. In the first year of the residency in geriatrics, doctors carry out rotations in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Neurology and the A&E Department. During the second year, they undertake rotations in Psychiatry, Intensive Care, Rheumatology, and Primary Care at the medical centre (CAP). In the third year they work in the Geriatrics Unit, the Hospital at Home Unit, and the Convalescent Unit, whilst in their fourth and final year, they work in Palliative Care and the Geriatrics for Adults Unit.
They work one day a week in theOutpatient Clinic , under the supervision of Dr Carmen Pérez. Residents are recommended to do a research project in the Geriatrics Research Unit, in order to gain the diploma in research or to do research in the form of a doctoral thesis. In addition, attending specialised national and international conferences is always encouraged, as well at the Catalan congress of the specialisation.
Accredited places: 1
Why specialise at Vall d’Hebron?
- Because our residents’ shifts have specific objectives according to the different specialisations and during the rotation in the Intensive Care Unit and in Trauma and Rehabilitation.
- Because the Research Unit enables you to gain the Research Diploma.
- Because at this unit we emphasise patients’ functional recovery so that they feel able to comfortably carry out the activities of daily life.
- Because when you choose Vall d’Hebron, you gain access to a large number of patients, helping you acquire experience and assimilate knowledge.
- Because the medical centre (CAP) rotation deals with the doctor-patient relationship, and other aspects related to geriatrics such as appropriate treatment of those with high blood pressure, and patients with diabetes.
- Because we hold a clinical session every day of the week, in which we analyse care in clinical cases, hospital admissions, hold a radiography session, an Internal Medicine Department session, or a hospital session.
- Because during your residency we enrol you free of charge in the Geriatrics Master's programme at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Prof. M. Vilardell).
- Because you will be able to attend week-long courses twice a year in Switzerland that may lead to becoming a member of the European Association for Medicine for Ageing (EAMA)