Our Teaching

Next stage new master phase and new RaamPplan Geneeskunde

Teaching 'handgrip measurements', as part of the handbook on Problem Based Learning in Geriatrics (De Tijdstroom, 2nd revised version 2012)

As Pricipal Lecturer, together with the staff of geriatricians,  I am involved in performing and developing high quality educational tools both for medical students. At the moment (june 2020) we are aiming at improving the Master phase after having succesfully innovated the Bachelor phase, in which we implemented new exciting education in the first and second year on the mechanisms of aging. Both the New "Raamplan Geneekunde", which is just published  and the COVD period with online teaching can guide us to a real new era on teaching and training in the Medical Curriculum.

We also aim for interprofessional education for registrars in training for consultant geriatricians, and other groups of physicians. Our motto is that geriatrics is far too important to leave it to geriatricians, and therefore we put much effort in geriatric training and education. Marianne van Iersel, and Yvonne Schoon, both geriatricians, are closely collaborating in both types of (innovation in) teaching.

The Geriatric department fulfills a range of teaching obligations both for medical students (330 new students per year) and for geriatric trainees (6-10 per year). We are proud to be the only Dutch University to have an excellently evaluated 6 week internship in geriatrics, organized together with the department of family practice.

Our innovations in education focuses on three areas:

1. Geriatrics for medical and biomedical science students at the Radboudumc.

We for exaple have a very enthusiastic Master course on Brain Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases. Currently we are in the midst of developing and carrying out our first online internship in geriatric care for master students (urged by the COVID non-contact period).

We also repeated our succesfull and innovative Minor for medical students as an online course in this COVID period to accomodate extra students, as we also carry out a large number of scientific projects with master students right now.

We still use our renewed and revised the 3rd version of the teaching book on Problem based Learning in Geriatrics (De Tijdstroom, 2018)  http://www.tijdstroom.nl/catalogus/1_Geneeskunde/9_Reeks_probleemgeori_nteerd_denken_in_de_geneeskunde/233_Probleemgeori_nteerd_denken_in_de_geriatrie
-Joep Lagro and Marjolein vd Pol also realized a challenging and very innovative serious game for medical students, GERIATRIX with which we are going to train medical students in a third year elective. The aim of the game it to get attractive training and gaming in practicing clinical reasoning on elderly patients'problems and aiming at the combination of the most important targets of quality of (geriatric) health care: professional quality, cost-effectiveness and patient participation (shared decision making). See http://www.dutchgameawards.nl/2012/geriatrix/ or at the site of the IT collaborating partner Monpellier Venture  http://monpellierventure.com/#!/projects/Geriatrix


van de Pol, Marjolein H. J.; Lagro, Joep; Fluit, Lia R. M. G.; Olde Rikkert MGM .Teaching Geriatrics Using an Innovative, Individual-Centered Educational Game: Students and Educators Win. A Proof-of-Concept Study. JAGS 2014; 62: 1943-49

Lagro J, van de Pol MH, Laan A, Huijbregts-Verheyden FJ, Fluit LC, Olde Rikkert MG.
Randomized Controlled Trial on Teaching Geriatric Medical Decision Making and Cost Consciousness With the Serious Game GeriatriX.
J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2014 Dec;15(12):957.


2. Geriatric training for registrars to become consultant Geriatricians.

According to our new training curriculum, dr Dienek v Asselt trains physicians as geriatricians in five years fulltime postgraduate training. All information is available on our completly renewd website: www.klinischgeriater.nl

3. Post graduatie training for other specialties.

In this area we implement innovative educational tools to serve both surgical and non-surgical disciplines in their need for more training in geriatrics, as their patient populations are quickly aging as well.
Among others, we contributed to a new national course on frailty and related issues (KNMG, 2015) and contributed to several handbooks, eg Handbook on Surgery Handbook on Gynaecology etc (see:  http://www.bsl.nl/shop/leerboek-chirurgie-9789031387342.html) and to the training courses for surgeons.

In training general practitioners, who are our natural partners in realizing continuity of care for older patients, in geriatrics we performed research on the effectiveness of this training programme, on which a thesis was written by Dr. Marjolein vd Pol, on shared decision making (2015). her model will was printed in the Neth Journal of Medicine (NTvG, end 2017) 





Teaching with the help of older persons works best: Narrative Based Medicine should complement evidence Based Medicine in Geriatrics