New Online Tools Provide Best Practices in Surgical Care for Older Adults

ABMS News Release (09/18/18)

The American Board of Medical Specialties and the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) have introduced a series of online tools to help surgeons and other specialists who provide care for older individuals. The set of nine AGS Geriatrics Virtual Patient Cases (VPCs) for Surgical and Related Medical Sub-Specialties highlights the unique surgical care needs of older adults using interactive multimedia clinical scenarios. “To advance the care we all want as we age, we need to work together to ensure all healthcare professionals have a basic understanding of geriatrics principles,” says Thomas Robinson, MD, one of the three leads for the multi-specialty editorial board responsible for the development of the VPCs.

“This new set of online tools reflects the partnerships we need to spread learning and transform care.” Andrew Lee, MD, another co-lead editor for the project, adds that the VPCs “also offer learners real-time feedback on their choices, alternative solutions and more. Opportunities for using the cases to fulfill MOC requirements also are helping to embed tools like these patient cases — and hence geriatrics expertise — more broadly within the framework of how our health professionals sustain ongoing education.” Available at, the VPCs will be available without charge to the first 1,000 subscribers. Continuing medical education and member boards' maintenance of certification credit are available for each module of the series.

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