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Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2009 Dec;49 Suppl 2:S17-20. doi: 10.1016/S0167-4943(09)70007-X.

Geriatric education for the physicians of tomorrow.

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Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ 85719, USA.


The world's population is aging and there is need for more geriatricians. Current training programs, however, are not producing a sufficient number of geriatricians to meet that need, largely because students and residents lack interest in a career in geriatrics. A variety of reasons have been suggested to explain that lack of interest, and several changes in geriatrics training might increase the number of medical trainees who choose a career in geriatrics. These changes include recruiting medical students who are predisposed to geriatrics, loan forgiveness programs for those who enter careers in geriatrics, increased reimbursement for geriatric care, providing geriatric education to physicians in all specialties throughout their training, and refocusing geriatrics training so it includes the care of healthy vigorous older adults, rather than an exclusive focus on those with debility and chronic or fatal illnesses.

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