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J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Apr;65(4):680-687. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14708. Epub 2017 Jan 16.

Aging, the Medical Subspecialties, and Career Development: Where We Were, Where We Are Going.

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1
Cancer and Aging Research Program, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, California.
2
School of Medicine, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
3
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
4
Association of Specialty Professors, Alexandria, Virginia.
5
John A. Hartford Foundation, New York, New York.
6
University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
7
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.
8
Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center, Durham Veterans Affairs, Durham, North Carolina.
9
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
10
University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California.
11
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas.
12
Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri.
13
Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas.
14
American Geriatrics Society, New York, New York.
15
National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.

Abstract

Historically, the medical subspecialties have not focused on the needs of older adults. This has changed with the implementation of initiatives to integrate geriatrics and aging research into the medical and surgical subspecialties and with the establishment of a home for internal medicine specialists within the annual American Geriatrics Society (AGS) meeting. With the support of AGS, other professional societies, philanthropies, and federal agencies, efforts to integrate geriatrics into the medical and surgical subspecialties have focused largely on training the next generation of physicians and researchers. They have engaged several subspecialties, which have followed parallel paths in integrating geriatrics and aging research. As a result of these combined efforts, there has been enormous progress in the integration of geriatrics and aging research into the medical and surgical subspecialties, and topics once considered to be geriatric concerns are becoming mainstream in medicine, but this integration remains a work in progress and will need to adapt to changes associated with healthcare reform.

KEYWORDS:

aging research; geriatrics; medical subspecialties

PMID:
28092400
PMCID:
PMC5511374
DOI:
10.1111/jgs.14708
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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