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
Patients with memory concerns are evaluated in either the Memory Disorders Program Clinics or the Parkinson’s and Dementia Clinic.
The Memory Disorders Program (MDP) Clinics are held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons. Experienced nurse practitioners - working with Dr. R. Scott Turner (as needed) - provide clinical evaluation, diagnosis, and day-to-day management of older individuals with cognitive decline or dementia (for example, Alzheimer’s disease or its precursor - mild cognitive impairment).
The Parkinson’s and Dementia (P&D) Clinic (held on Fridays) is staffed by Movement Disorders Fellows under the direction of Dr. R. Scott Turner or Dr. Yasar Torres-Yaghi. This clinic provides state-of-the-clinical diagnosis and management to older individuals with cognitive and/or movement disorders (for example, Lewy body disease).
In addition to providing clinical care, the MDP and P&D Clinics discuss options for research participation with interested and eligible individuals and their study partners/families and caregivers.
A first appointment usually takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes. This visit includes a thorough medical history including a review of medical records and interviews with both the patient and family member or friend. Physical and neurologic examinations include cognitive testing to assess memory. The clinician orders appropriate diagnostic testing (as needed) perhaps including blood tests and a neuroimaging study (brain CT or MRI). The clinician may also request additional cognitive testing with a neuropsychologist. Medications are reviewed and e-prescriptions sent to a local pharmacy, as indicated.
It is important that a family member or friend accompany the patient to clinic visits. A person with a memory problem may be unable to provide accurate or complete information. Having a family member or friend involved in the visit provides our clinicians with additional information and a context in which to understand the patient's current situation. And, the presence of a family member or friend may ensure that clinician orders (for diagnostic testing, prescription medications, and other recommendations) will be followed.
When results of blood tests and other diagnostic studies are returned to the clinician, he or she will provide a diagnosis and discuss follow-up with the patient and his or her family. Follow-up appointments may occur every 3-4 months, every 6 months, or annually (as needed). Alternatively, a research appointment may be set up in order to enroll in a clinical trial, with follow-up visits per the study schedule (typically, monthly for 12-18 months).
To make a clinic appointment 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:
- Download the Georgetown University Hospital Medical Records Release Form
- Submit the completed form by fax or mail
For more information about your medical records, please refer to the Georgetown University Hospital Patient Handbook.