Geriatric Emergency Medicine Pre-course

This pre-course will be conducted in a live half-day format on Sunday, 13 October from 08:30 -13:00 CET

Venue: Bella center, Copenhagen, Denmark


The number of older patients in the Emergency Department is rising. Many of these older patients suffer from complex comorbidities, frailty and are at risk of adverse outcomes. Caring for older people living with frailty is complex and often uncomfortable. However, frailty is now so prevalent that all emergency clinicians require core skills in geriatric emergency medicine.

This  ‘hands on’ pre-course aims to improve participants’ knowledge and skills in geriatric emergency medicine. The course commences with an initial lecture on frailty and then participants will break into small groups for table-top discussions and scenarios. Key themes of geriatric emergency medicine will be explored, including trauma, sepsis, pain management, syncope, polypharmacy, cognitive impairment, and end-of-life care. Participants will receive practical tips which can be incorporated into their clinical practice as soon as they return to their own hospitals.


  • To teach participants about general concepts of Geriatric Emergency Medicine such as frailty and its implications when working in the ED
  • To give participants clinical education about older patients with:
    • Trauma
    • Sepsis
    • Deprescribing / polypharmacy
    • Pain management
    • Abdominal pain
    • Syncope
    • Delirium and cognitive impairment
    • End of life care needs
  • To give participants training on how to discuss end of life care in the ED


Course Director: Áine Mitchell, IE

  • James van Oppen, UK
  • Jacinta Lucke, NL
  • Ruth Sneep, UK
  • Rosa McNamara, IE
  • Pieter Heeren, BE
  • Arjun Thaur, UK
  • Deirdre Breslin, IE
  • Elizabeth Moloney,IE
  • Dorothee Reidlinger, DE

For who

Emergency Physicians and residents. Doctors who will follow the pre-course must be adequately trained in advanced life support and airway management skills.

Educational Material

Prior to the course a information pack will be sent to the participants with background information to study, this way we can focus on practical work during the pre-course.

To be handed over onsite at the course:

A ‘take home info pack’ will be provided to give the delegates an appreciation of the impact what having a diagnosis of frailty can mean for the trajectory/outcomes of an older person presenting to the emergency department, with written information about the wider implications of frailty on outcomes. This will contain a number  of carefully selected review articles as food for thought for interested candidates. Also handouts of the slides and the summary of the key learning points will be provided.


The costs for this course are
€ 220 for physicians
€ 150 for nurses, paramedics, trainees and students

Please register through your MyEUSEM account by clicking on the EUSEM Congress registration button. From the Pre-courses tab you can select the pre-courses you would like to join.