Province hires geriatrician
Dr. Martha Carmichael began practising with provincial program on May 1
The provincial government has hired its first internist geriatrician.
Dr. Martha Carmichael, who began practising with the provincial geriatric program on May 1, is trained in internal medicine with a sub-specialty in geriatric medicine.
She also has extra training in uncommon dementia syndromes, movement disorders, palliative care and osteoporosis.
“I feel privileged to be able to help older Islanders age in place, avoiding admission to hospital or long-term care as much as possible, as well as being able to support them, their families and other members of their healthcare team in making decisions that reflect their preferences and priorities,’’ Carmichael said in a news release.
With the addition of Carmichael, the interdisciplinary provincial geriatric team now includes 2.6 FTE geriatricians, two full-time nurse practitioners and a geriatric nurse specialist. Islanders need to be referred to the provincial geriatric program by a primary care provider.
Last year, more than 2,100 Islanders were assessed by the geriatric program, including new referrals as well as followup consultations with existing clients in the program.
For more information about the geriatric program, visit www.healthpei.ca/geriatricprogram or call 902-432-2860.