Mini-GEMs (Geriatrics E-learning Modules) are short, focused video podcasts designed for rapid dissemination of knowledge on a very specific topic area of geriatric medicine.
All our topics are listed below, but you can also view and subscribe to the Mini-GEMs on the AEME YouTube channel: youtube.com/ElderlyMedEd
This is a new format for medical online learning material, and we would appreciate your thoughts and feedback.
If you would be interested in joining AEME and creating your own Mini-GEM, please read our ‘Guidelines for Authors‘ and then get in touch!
An introduction to Parkinson’s Disease in relation to the African population
Dr Kate Howorth discusses the issues surrounding dementia in an African population
The first in a special series of Mini-GEMs covering issues relating to Geriatric Medicine and Ageing in Africa
Mr Michael Courtney gives us a surgical viewpoint on how to recognise and manage ileus and bowel obstruction on care of the elderly wards, including when to refer to the surgical team.
Dr Nick Saxton takes us through the decision-making process of choosing whether to recommend anticoagulation to patients in atrial fibrillation (AF), and the pros and cons of warfain and NOACs (dabigatran, rivaroxaban, and apixaban).
Dr Laura Butler provides a practical guide to visual assessment, with a particular focus on common problems in older people, and advice about when to refer to ophthalmology.
Vicky Gibson takes us on a journey through the world of low sodium, telling us why it happens, how to investigate and treat it, and when to worry. Everything you ever needed to know about hyponatraemia in under 10 minutes!
Ever found yourself wondering how to manage essential dopaminergic medications in patients with Parkinson’s Disease who can’t swallow? Wonder no more, as Dr James Fisher guides you through the basic principles, and introduces a free online tool to aid clinical decision-making.
Dr Sabiha Ali has your back! In this Mini-GEM she discusses the important points in the history and examination of older patients with back pain, and guides us through some principles of management.
Dr Andrew McGregor provides a brief overview of myeloma and myeloproliferative disorders, including when to consider the diagnosis and how to investigate in older patients.
Professor David Oliver discusses his top ‘banned words and phrases’ within Geriatric Medicine, and explains why we should try to think differently about the way we refer to older people and their problems when they come into hospital.
Dr Richard Thomson talks about how to diagnose, assess and manage surgical problems in older people, and how to communicate with the surgical team to achieve the best outcomes for your patients.
Dr Henry Woodford provides an overview of the causes of urinary incontinence in frail older people, and suggests how to investigate and manage this important problem
Dr James Fisher provides a recap of BPPV and describes how to treat it by performing the Epley Manoeuvre.
In this Mini-GEM, Dr Frances Tanner takes us through the decision-making process with respect to DNACPR decisions, including legal, ethical and practical aspects, and the latest guidance from the Resuscitation Council.
Dr Selina Sangha discusses atypical clinical presentations in elderly patients, including why they happen and what to watch out for.
In this Mini-GEM, James Fisher gives an overview of the mechanisms behind BPPV, and the assessment of vertigo, including the Hallpike test.
Dr Fionnuala Johnston takes you on a whistle-stop tour of mental capacity, including how, why, and when to carry out an assessment, as well as an overview of the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.
In this Mini-GEM, Dr Jonathan Pickard presents a practical approach to end of life care, and discusses the clinical priorities that are needed following the withdrawal of the Liverpool Care Pathway in the NHS.
Dr Peter Brock presents a summary of what to expect from your job as a junior doctor on an Elderly Care ward, how to make the most out of it, and give some top tips for success.
This Mini-GEM highlights the hidden truths behind the non-diagnosis of “acopia”, encouraging deeper exploration of issues and and explaining why the term should never be used.
This Mini-GEM provides a concise overview of the recognition and management of constipation in older patients.
This Mini-GEM explains how and when to diagnose UTI in older patients, and common pitfalls to avoid!
This Mini-GEM provides a case study to illustrate the important points to consider when looking after patients with dementia in hospital.
Got a patient with more medications than they can swallow? This Mini-GEM provides an introduction to polypharmacy, prescribing cascades, and rational prescribing in the elderly.
This Mini-GEM outlines the important things to consider when you’ve been asked to assess a patient who has had a fall on the ward.
A concise guide to recognising, diagnosing, and managing delirium in hospital, with links to further useful resources.
A short summary for junior doctors and non-specialists, focusing on what to do if you suspect your patient might have Parkinson’s disease.
A brief overview of thrombolysis in acute ischaemic stroke, aimed predominantly at junior and non-specialist practitioners in the UK.
An introduction to AEME and the Mini-GEM format