Clinical Care

Clinic Visits

The Memory Disorders Program utilizes a team approach to provide quality care to patients and their families. Our clinical team consists of physicians, nurse practitioners, a neuropsychologist, a program coordinator and research assistants. This team approach provides the patient with comprehensive clinical care.

What to Expect

Nurse practitioners provide day-to-day medical management of patients in the Memory Disorders Program. A first appointment usually takes about an hour and 15 minutes. Typically, the visit includes cognitive testing to assess a person's memory, and physical and neurological exams. A clinician obtains the patient's history through review of general medical records and interviews with the patient and family member or friend. The clinician will review previous records and order appropriate diagnostic tests, perhaps including blood work and a neuroimaging study (CT or MRI). The clinician may also decide to order additional cognitive testing with a neuropsychologist.

It is important that a family member or friend accompany the patient to the clinic visit. A person with a memory problem may be unable to provide accurate or complete information for clinicians to conduct a comprehensive assessment. Having a family member or friend involved in the visit provides our doctors and nurse practitioners with additional information and a context in which to understand the patient's current situation. And, the presence of a family member or friend can ensure that clinician orders (for diagnostic testing, prescription medications and other recommendations) will be followed.

Once results of blood tests and other diagnostic studies have been returned to the clinician, he or she will provide a diagnosis and discuss follow up options with the patient and his or her family. Follow-up appointments may occur every 3-4 months, every 6 months or annually, depending upon the individual needs of the patient.

To make an appointment for an evaluation please contact our program coordinator, Carolyn Ward at 202-784-6671.

Before Your First Visit

In order to provide patients and their families with quality care we need to receive the patient's medical records prior to the first visit. The record should include notes from the patient's most recent physical examination or physician visit. It should include information about the patient's general medical condition, list of medications, recent laboratory results, and reports of CT scans, MRI scans or PET scans of the brain. This information can be faxed or mailed via US Postal Service to our administrative office.

In addition to medical records, please complete the Patient Information Sheet and bring it to your first visit.

A confirmation letter is sent in advance which includes information on the date, time, and location of the appointment. We see clinic patients at Georgetown University Hospital in the Pasquerilla Health Center (PHC) on the 7th floor (7PHC). Clinical services are available Monday through Friday.

Requesting Your Medical Records

All requests for the release of medical records must be submitted in writing and must be dated and signed by the patient or the patient's legally authorized representative.

To obtain your medical records:

  1. Download the Georgetown University Hospital Medical Records Release Form
  2. Submit the completed form by fax or mail

For more information about your medical records, please refer to the Georgetown University Hospital Patient Handbook.