Feinberg/Kellogg Spring 2010 Course - Health Care: Business, Professional and Public Perspectives

Linda Emanuel, MD, PhD, director of the Buehler Center, taught a 5-week, cross-disciplinary course entitled Health Care: Business, Professional and Public Perspectives, which was offered jointly by the Feinberg School of Medicine and the Kellogg School of Management in the Spring 2010 quarter. The course used a different theme each week to explore how disparate business, professional, and public paradigms can be effectively and ethically employed in the medical sector of society. Themes included the cost of dying; the demographic imperative; the medical profession in a business context; patient safety; and consumers as partners. Dr. Emanuel, along with expert guest speakers from the fields of medicine, business, and law, lectured and lead discussions on topics featured within the weekly themes. Using challenging scenarios presented in each theme, students identified a range of desired (if opposing) outcomes and designed systems to optimize their delivery.

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To view Dr. Emanuel’s Kellogg Faculty Profile, go here

Medical Student Summer Program in Geriatrics
Each summer, 10-14 students engage in clinical and laboratory research projects with faculty preceptors. Topics of some recent projects were: relieving symptoms of cancer: innovative use of art therapy; clinical characteristics and reporting of zoledronic acid associated nephrotoxicity; adverse medical events and emergency department utilization among the elderly. One student produced a video entitled Witnessing Death: A Grandson's Reflections. The Buehler Center's summer student program has received support from the Retirement Research Foundation and the David W. E. Smith, MD, Endowed Fund for Gerontology Research.

The full-time summer program is open to all first-year students at the Feinberg School of Medicine and offers a stipend. To apply, please complete the Feinberg School of Medicine Medical Student Summer Research Program application form. For further information, please contact Joshua M. Hauser, MD.

The Geriatrics Fellowship Program

The Division of Geriatrics accepts one to two applicants each academic year for fellowship training in geriatrics. Training sites include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the Warren Barr Pavilion Subacute Nursing Facility, and the Methodist Home. Trainees are mentored by the geriatrics faculty in the complexity of the health needs of older individuals and learn how to treat patients throughout the continuum of care. As their education progresses, the fellows are able to share their knowledge of geriatric concerns with other medical traineess.

Students from the summer program, reading

The Fellowship Training Program in Geriatric Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine offers a one-year, ACGME accredited fellowship program in geriatric psychiatry. The program includes experience in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings as well as experience in varied nonpsychiatric setting with an older adult population. For more information, please contact Sandra Swantek, MD.

Institute for Healthcare Studies

The mission of the Institute for Healthcare Studies at the Feinberg School of Medicine is to promote, coordinate, and originate multidisciplinary research and education in order to improve safety, equity, quality, and policy in health care. More information about the postdoctoral fellowship program in health services research and on the master's and certificate programs in healthcare quality and patient safety can be found at the Institute for Healthcare Studies website.

School of Education and Social Policy

The Human Development and Social Policy (HDSP) Program, founded in 1981 under the leadership of Dr. Bernice Neugarten, prepares students to engage in research that will broaden their understanding and help to alleviate the problems that pose the greatest challenges to society. It is this kind of research that will shape future decisions about policies, programs, and interventions.

Other Educational Resources
Ten Tips for Doctors Who Care for Older People

The residents of Westminster Place at Presbyterian Homes recently compiled some advice for visiting Northwestern University medical students about "What Doctors Should Know About Older Patients."
[Click here to download - pdf]

Electronic Books

Two excellent geriatrics books are available online through Northwestern University's Galter Health Sciences Library.
Geriatrics Resource Guide / Northwestern University

Geriatric Medicine / Christine K. Cassel et al., eds. (available only on the NU network)