Development of Geriatric Competencies for Emergency Medicine Residents Using an Expert Consensus Process

The emergency department (ED) visit rate for older patients exceeds that of all age groups other than infants. The aging population will increase elder ED patient utilization to 35% to 60% of all visits. Older patients can have complex clinical presentations and be resource intensive. Evidence indicates that emergency physicians fail to provide consistent high-quality are for elder ED patients, resulting in poor clinical outcomes.

The objective was to develop a consensus document, “Geriatric Competencies for Emergency Medicine Residents,” by identified experts. This is a minimum set of behaviorally based performance standards that all residents should be able to demonstrate by completion of
their residency training.