Goals and Objectives

The program’s overall goals and objectives are as described below. The detailed program objectives are available here.

PROGRAM Goals and Objectives

Family practice residents in this PGY3 Care of the Elderly program will learn special skills, knowledge and attitudes to support their future practice in Care of the Elderly that may include primary care and consultative work.


In this program residents will:

  • Establish effective professional relationships with older patients, their family, caregivers and substitute decision makers within the primary care setting and specialized geriatric care systems.
  • Learn comprehensive and clinical assessment skills of the frail elderly, including assessment of mental function.
  • Become familiar with the atypical presentation of illness and the management of common geriatric and psychogeriatric problems.
  • Expand their clinical and administrative skills, knowledge and leadership abilities to work effectively with inter-professional team members in acute hospitals, long-term care facilities and the community, including the older patient’s home.  

Residents will be encouraged to set personal learning objectives that may include perceived or previously identified areas of interest. Residents must demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective patient-centered care and service to an elderly population.