PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM: Students must have completed the Junior Medicine Core Clerkship

Expertise in the medical problems of older patients is essential for all primary care physicians who care for adults. This elective serves as an introduction to basic principles of geriatrics with special emphasis on: outpatient evaluation and management of memory loss and dementia; providing medical care to patients in long-term care, including assisted living, intermediate and skilled care; community-based care including home health, adult day care and hospice; psychiatric issues in the elderly, including depression, anxiety and delirium; and health promotion and disease prevention in ambulatory care.

Course meets core competencies for internal medicine.

Instruction methods include inpatient and outpatient direct patient care, small group interactive seminars and lectures. Students will see patients at the following sites: ALGH inpatient, rehab, geropsych unit; outpatient geriatrics clinic, home care, and hospice . Students will see at least three patients/day and then present to the attendings. Students will see approximately 4 inpatients/day, 6 outpatients/day. Typically, patient problems include dementia, delirium,

depression, gait disorders, and urinary incontinence.

Review of observed patient care, presentation of patient cases and short topic presentation of faculty.


Program Number ELEC 615    

Location ALGH            

Coordinator: Tara Murphy;

Telephone  847-723-6479



Duration 4 Weeks                                            

Lectures/Conferences/Faculty contact 11

Night Call No                                                   

Laboratory 0

Weekends No                                                  

Outpatient 18

Students accepted Min. 1 Max. 1                                      

Inpatient 12

Housestaff used as Faculty No                        

Total hours/week 40


Reporting Instructions:


All M3s and M4s report to the Medical Student Office on their first day. M3s and M4s report on Monday (M3s at 8:00 AM) and (M4s at 8:30 AM). Reporting instructions will be emailed to the student the week prior to the start date.


Immunization & Compliance forms can be found here.

Geriatrics, Dementia care, Hospice

Clinical electives at Advocate hospitals (ACMC, AIMMC, ALGH) are only available to students from LCME and AOA accredited institutions. 

Approved 7/16/14