A objective of exposing more medical students, residents and fellows to lengthy-time period care got here one step nearer to actuality with the passage of a resolution in the course of the AMDA — The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine PALTC 21 Virtual Annual Conference.
A resolution that requires AMDA to work with different associations to require that medical students and residents prepare in assisted dwelling communities and nursing houses throughout their main care rotations handed AMDA’s House of Delegates Saturday night and now might be thought-about by the affiliation’s board. The resolution additionally requires AMDA to work with different associations on comparable necessities for students in nursing, dentistry, psychiatry, psychology and podiatry.
“You can’t see a affected person in a clinic and suppose that you simply’re getting the correct coaching to take care of a nursing dwelling affected person, as a result of that inhabitants is totally completely different and comes with completely different challenges and rules and different burdens that the federal government and the regulatory companies place on that care setting,” Rajeev Kumar, M.D., FACP, CMD, who put forth the resolution, advised McKnight’s’ Senior Living. “The publicity to a care setting equivalent to a skilled nursing facility and assisted dwelling facility is a should as a result of they’re distinct and completely different from different care settings like clinics and hospitals.”
If AMDA’s board passes the resolution — and Kumar mentioned he’s optimistic — then it probably might be despatched to the American Medical Association for additional motion. He is AMDA’s delegate to the AMA.
“AMA is a much bigger group. All specialties and all disciplines are represented, they usually have sufficient clout, in phrases of lobbying assist and in addition sources, for us to obtain what we set out to obtain,” Kumar mentioned.
If the resolution is favorably acquired on the AMA, then that affiliation and AMDA would work collectively to strive to affect the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, which accredits all graduate medical coaching packages for physicians in the United States, and the American Association of Medical Colleges to begin requiring students, fellows and residents to be uncovered to lengthy-time period care settings. Doing so, in accordance to the resolution, would assist restore “the disconnect between PCPs and our weak aged sufferers” and would encourage main care physicians to follow in lengthy-time period care as a result of they might be more acquainted with relevant rules.
In addition to the AMA and the American Osteopathic Association, the resolution requires AMDA to work with the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Podiatric Medicine Association, the American Dental Association, the American Nurses Association and different organizations “to advocate for required coaching of students and trainees in their respective disciplines in senior dwelling communities (to embrace nursing houses and assisted dwelling amenities) throughout their scientific rotations.”
If the AMDA board passes the resolution, Kumar mentioned he believes it subsequently will see more assist than an analogous resolution noticed a few years in the past, in half as a result of it consists of more sorts of practitioners.
“The final time, we had solely talked about medical students and residents and fellows,” he mentioned, “however with the passage of time, we acknowledged that different specialties and different scientific practitioners … are additionally coming into PALTC. So we wish all of their students and trainees to be uncovered as nicely.”