LEARNING FROM MEDICAL PARTNERS

A nurse is interviewed by Nan Hu.

A nurse is interviewed by Nan Hu.

Working with families facing illness and dementia takes sensitivity and a diplomatic approach. Our students learn from the best. Malcolm Boyd shadowed our medical colleagues in the Geriatrics Consultation Clinic at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. In particular, Drs. Kate Callahan and Rebecca Omlar demonstrated how to assess mental capacity and convey difficult news with empathy and clarity. They administered the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) screening test to a patient and talked to patients’ adult children about how to handle progressive dementia. Malcolm writes, “I thought Dr. Callahan was exceptional!”

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