School of Medicine

Residency Training Track
Care of Medically Vulnerable Populations


Web-Based Learning Resources

Adolescent Health

Care of Homeless

Elder Health

  • – The website of the American Association of Retired Persons, this site contains consumer-directed information and resources on general topics related to aging.
  • – A NIH website gear toward providing health information on topics of interest to seniors, this site has both verbal and large text options.
  • – RxAssist is a nonprofit site sponsored by Volunteers in Health Care, which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. RxAssist maintains a searchale database with information about pharmaceutical assistance programs.
  • – Alzheimer’s Association: 1-800-660-1993
  • – Caregiver Resource Centers: 1-800-445-8106
  • – Elder abuse: Contact local adult protective services, or for local elder abuse hotline numbers.
  • – The US Administration on Aging maintains a comprehensive website which provides information on resources of interest to elders, their families/caregivers, and health professionals. For specific information regarding local resources, the website provides links to state and area aging agencies as well as contact information for the nationwide Eldercare Locator service.
  • - Aging with Dignity: Five Wishes Program
  • – American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • – Americans for Better Care of the Dying
  • – APPEAL: A Progressive Palliative Care Education Curriculum for the Care of African-Americans at Life’s End
  • – Center for the Advancement of Palliative Care
  • – EPEC©: The Education in Palliative and End of Life Care Curriculum
  • – EPERC:EOL/ Palliative Care Educational Resources
  • - Fast Facts
  • – National Consensus Project
  • – National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Substance Use Disorders

  • "Helping Children Living in Families with Substance Abusing Adults" - Project MAINSTREAM, Dr. Bette Bonder, Dr. Sybil Marsh, Dr. Darrell Hulisz. --- This interactive electronic case-study is part of Project Mainstream (Multi-Agency Initiative on Substance Abuse Training and Education for America). Its purpose is to "ensure that substance abuse will receive an emphasis in generalist health professional training programs commensurate with its public health importance."
  • - American Psychiatric Association practice guideline for the treatment of patients with substance use disorders
  • – Harm Reduction Coalition
  • - Helping patients who drink too much: A clinician’s guide, 2005 edition. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. National Institutes of Health. US Department of Health and Human Services
  • – Helping Patients with Alcohol Problems: A Web-based Curriculum for Primary Care Physicians
  • 1-800-662-HELP or – National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referral Routing Service
  • - Substance abuse: The nation’s number one health problem. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2001
  • – Support for people working on substance abuse treatment
  • ww.cdc-gov/tobacco
  • – Many hospitals have smoking cessation services available that enable referral of smokers as necessary. Many states have toll free quit lines and the national number (1-800-QUITNOW) forwards callers to services in their area.
  • – Internet based programs such as QuitNet can provide online chat rooms and can five smokers with access to a computer a sense of community with other smokers. If patients do not have their own computer, the public library is a smokefree environment in which they can access computers.
  • - The American Lung Association has significant information and an online program called “Seven Steps to a Smoke-Free Life” to which patients can be referred

Some of the above citations and annotations were originally published in "Medical Management of Vulnerable and Underserved Patients: Principles, Practice, and Populations" Talmadge E. King, Jr., MD and Margaret B. Wheeler, MS, MD. McGraw-Hill 2007.