Interprofessional Geriatric Education and Training in Texas: Advance Care Planning

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Running Time: 120 Minutes
CME Credit: 2 AOA Category 1-B CME Credits
This activity is provided at no cost courtesy of the Reynolds Interprofessional Geriatric Education and Training in Texas (IGET-IT) program.


Reynolds Interprofessional Geriatric Education and Training in Texas: Advance Care Planning

Modern scientific capability has profoundly altered the course of human life and health. People live longer and better than at any other time in history. Scientific advances have turned the processes of aging and dying into medical experiences, matters to be managed by health care professionals. Advance Care Planning (ACP) regarding patients’ preferences for end of life care is an integral component of patient centered care, yet seventy percent of Americans are without an advance care plan. 

The University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTSHC) Reynolds Interprofessional Geriatric Education and Training in Texas (IGET-IT) Program has developed this advance care planning module as part of the Interprofessional Communication Improvement Modules (ICIM) Elder Safety series. The ICIM Elder Safety modules were created in collaboration with the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) and are supported, in part, by a generous grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. The goal of the Elder Safety ICIMs is to provide an innovative and sustainable program to improve the ability of physicians to work with other health disciplines in teams to provide better care for geriatric patients. The care of older adults can be very complex and studies have shown that a team approach can be most effective in leading to quality outcomes.

By participating in the IGET-IT: Advance Care Planning module, healthcare professionals working with patients 65 years and older will develop knowledge and skills needed to formulate a health policy and educate patients about advance care planning. Participants will also gain an advanced understanding of options available to patients when planning end-of-life care.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for residents, practicing physicians, and related health care professions.


Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the goals of advance care planning
  • Define the characteristics of a “good death”
  • Appreciate cultural differences that could impact end of life decisions
  • Identify challenges to developing advance care plans
  • Differentiate palliative care from life-sustaining treatment
  • Define what are Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)
  • Better inform patients regarding choices for end-of-life care
  • Describe hospice care benefits available under Medicare