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Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine (Chattanooga)

This is a face to face clinical rotation receiving 6 credit hours. The student should function with increased autonomy in patient care and must demonstrate competency in several of the Entrustable Professional Activities required for graduation. Four-week rotation in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. Students will rotate through a variety of settings including inpatient palliative, inpatient geriatrics, hospice, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, and outpatient geriatric, family medicine, other specialty clinics, and physician home visits. The course includes required didactic sessions with lectures and small group discussions focused on general level geriatric and palliative competencies. Submitted questions on assigned readings and online materials are discussed during didactic sessions which also include communication skills training and presentations of narrative medicine writing.

Grade Mode: P/F

Instructional Method: Clinical-Required

Location offered: Chattanooga
Hospital: Erlanger Health System
Prerequisites: Completion of 5 CORE Clerkships
Term offered: Fall, Spring



  • Chattanooga Geri/Palli Course Director of Record: Patrick Koo, MD -

Course Coordinator:  Joyce Poke, Administrative Assistant for Chattanooga Geri/Palli, Internal Medicine-related subspecialty rotations, and the Medicine and Psychiatry Clerkships -- email:; 423.778.6670

Prior Authorization: No

Blocks Not Offered: None

Off-cycle timing allowed: No

Deadline for Excused Absence: Thirty days before start of elective/rotation

Deadline for Cancellation: Thirty days before start of elective/rotation

Overnight Call and/or Float: No

Time off for interviews: Yes -- Students may be allowed some time off provided they contact the administrator at least 2 weeks prior to the onset of the rotation.

Oct 23, 2023