Enhanced Skills Program: Care of the Elderly Movement Disorders Rotation Goals and Objectives

By the end of the rotation, the resident will be able to:

Medical Expert

  • Effectively perform a comprehensive assessment including the use of validated tools in order to formulate a differential diagnosis for a movement disorder and recognize the red flags which may represent atypical syndromes.
  • Perform an appropriate focussed physical exam relevant to the assessment of an individual with movement disorders.
  • Recognize the potential role of other health issues in aggravating movement disorders in older adults and manage these factors appropriately.
  • Demonstrate appropriate understanding of pharmacotherapy for patients with movement disorders, including an understanding of the benefits, risks, limitations and potential adverse effects of these medications.
  • Assess the needs of caregivers, including an assessment of the potential for abuse and burnout.



  • Accurately elicit and synthesize information from, and perspectives of, patients, and families. Recognize and manage communication challenges with older patients, including sensory changes and cognitive impairment.



  • Participate in a collaborative team-based model and with consulting healthcare professionals in the care of patients. Works collaboratively with other health care professionals and community organizations to provide coordinated care for patients with movement disorders.



  • Describe the role of the family physician in the care of patients with movement disorders and their relationships with other health care professionals and community organizations.


Health Advocate

  • Respond to individual patient health needs and issues as part of patient care. Implements health promotion and disease prevention interventions for individual patients with movement disorders.
  • Support the health of family and patient by appropriate referrals, support and information on health maintenance, lifestyle, community and home resources for patients with movement disorders.
  • Identify the determinants of health within their community, including barriers to accessing care and resources.
  • Promote the health of individual patients, communities and populations. Describes how public policy, healthcare delivery and healthcare financing impact access to care and the health of the population served.



  • Maintain and enhance professional activities through ongoing self-directed learning based on reflective practice.
  • Critically evaluate medical information, its sources, and its relevance to their practice, and applies this information to practice decisions effecting elderly patients with movement disorders.
  • Facilitate the education of patients, families, trainees, other health professional colleagues, and the public, as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the creation, dissemination, application, and translation of new knowledge and practices.



  • Demonstrate a commitment to their patients, profession and society through ethical practice.