Strategies to Address the Unique Challenges of an Older Adult Having Surgery

“Geriatrics for Advanced Practice”: Educational Opportunity in caring for the vulnerable older adult. Advocate Aurora Health Care in partnership with University of Alabama Birmingham and Bellin Health will deliver a continuing professional development program (three webinars and one in person session) based on best practice guidelines from the American College of Surgeons and the American Geriatrics Society. This year’s effort will focus on improving care for frail older patients in the perioperative setting. 

Target Audience

This course is intended for Advanced Practice RNs, PAs, MDs/Dos, and RNs.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, learners should be able to:

  1. Describe unique risks of older adults in the perioperative period.
  2. Understand assessment tools highlighted in the American college of surgeons/American geriatric society perioperative care guidelines. 
  3. Describe key strategies to decrease the risk of vulnerable older patients in the perioperative period. 


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Attendance
    Attendance Credit
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Michael Malone, MD, Geriatrics, Medical Director; Advocate Aurora Health 
Jennifer Hartlaub, Advanced Practice Director-Ambulatory; Advocate Aurora Health 
Aaron Malsch, RN, Sr. Services Program Coordinator; Advocate Aurora Health 
Ann Gallo, Sr. Services Project Coordinator; Advocate Aurora Health 
Don Martinez, PA; Advocate Aurora Health 
Emily Simmons, RN, UAB; University of Alabama
Megan Johnson,  Nursing Care Admin, CNS; Bellin Health
Edward Marcantonio, MD, SM; Harvard Medical School; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Margaret Lee Schwarze, MD, MP, FACS; Fort Healthcare; UnityPoint Health Meriter
Sandhya Lagoo-Deenadayalan, MD, PhD; Duke University Hospital; Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Shelly McDonald, DO; Duke Regional Hospital; Duke University Hospital


The following faculty speakers and/or planning committee members have disclosed the following:

Faculty NameName of Ineligible CompaniesNature of Relationship
Michael Malone, MDAbbott Labs; AbbVieStockholder

The other planner(s) and speaker(s) have indicated that there are no relevant financial relationships with any ineligible companies to disclose. Conflict of interest have been identified and mitigated prior to the activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Attendance
    Attendance Credit


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