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Emergency Medicine – Geriatrics - Polypharmacy in Geriatric Patients

By attending the educational series, participants will be able to apply principles of evidence based geriatric medicine to determine clinical diagnosis, and formulate and implement acceptable treatment modalities.

Learning Outcome

Participants will be able to discuss developing a medication-related action plan for geriatric emergency department patients who have sustained a fall.

Activity Details
Start Date:  August 11, 2021
End Date:  August 11, 2024

You may claim CME credit for successful completion of this online course. In order to claim credit, you must follow these steps:

  1. Register for the learning activity by creating an account or logging in to your account.
  2. Click Continue to navigate to the Activity Material tab. Click View Presentation to view the recording. View the entire presentation.
  3. Return to this Activity page.
  4. Click Continue to navigate to the Evaluation tab; then click the Launch button to start the evaluation.
  5. Complete and Submit the evaluation and attestation form.

When the evaluation is submitted, you will be awarded credit. You may access your transcript for verification of participation at any time via Your Account. Need help? Visit the Support Page, send an Email, or call the Center for Learning and Professional Development at (603) 653-1234, Option 1.

  • Susan B. Varga, MD
    Dr. Varga serves as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and is the Geriatric Emergency Department Medical Director at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She earned her medical degree from the University of Vermont where she spent an additional year completing a public health focused Geriatric Fellowship.  She completed Emergency Medicine Residency at the Yale New Haven Hospital with an area of concentration in Simulation based instruction focusing on Palliative Care education for Emergency Medicine residents. Her current research is focused on the evaluation of Goals of Care Conversations in the Emergency Department.
  • Daniel S. Stadler, MD
    Dr. Stadler is the Director of Geriatrics at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Geisel SOM. He is a faculty member at the Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging, Geriatric Medical Director of the DHMC Geriatric Emergency Department and Medical Director at several local Skilled Nursing Facilities. He received his MD from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He has a long standing interest in the care of the frail adult.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Requirements for Successful Completion

In order to receive credit for this Continuing Medical Education (CME) activity, you must:

  • View the entire presentation
  • Complete the online Attestation of Attendance & Evaluation Form (you must register to access).

In accordance with the disclosure policy of Dartmouth-Hitchcock/Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth as well as standards set forth by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education and the Nursing Continuing Education Council standards set forth by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation, continuing medical education and nursing education activity director(s), planning committee member(s), speaker(s), author(s) or anyone in a position to control the content have been asked to disclose any financial relationship* they have to a commercial interest (any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on patients). Such disclosure is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation, but is elicited to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a given activity.

The activity director(s), planning committee member(s), speaker(s), author(s) or anyone in a position to control the content have reported NO financial interest or relationship* with various companies. There were no individuals in a position to control the content that refused to disclose.

*A “financial interest or relationship" refers to an equity position, receipt of royalties, consultantship, funding by a research grant, receiving honoraria for educational services elsewhere, or to any other relationship to a company that provides sufficient reason for disclosure, in keeping with the spirit of the stated policy.

Bibliographic Material
  • “Why I’m An Owner” - Hohl et al. Academic Emergency Medicine. June 2012
  • “GAPcare: The Geriatric Acute and Post-Acute Fall Prevention Intervention in the Emergency Department - Preliminary Data” - Goldberg et al. Department of Health and Human Services. Jan. 2020
  • “Can an Emergency Department-Initiated Intervention Prevent Subsequent Falls and Health Care Use in Older Adults? A Randomized Controlled Trial” - Goldberg et al. Annals of Emergency Medicine. Dec 2020

Provider Contact Information

Provider contact information for questions regarding accreditation of the activity:

Center for Learning and Professional Development
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Type:     Internet Activity (Enduring Material)
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