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Inspiring medical studies to enter geriatric medicine

Residency Program Insider, September 25, 2015

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With only about 7,000 geriatricians currently practicing, medical schools will need to train 1,500 more every year to meet the demand by 2030, according to the American Geriatrics Society. It estimates that 30,000 geriatricians will be needed by then but the low salary of geriatricians compared to other specialties and the complex cases of patients may be major hurdles to reaching that goal.

To encourage medical students to enter the geriatric medicine specialty, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland holds an annual panel discussion with speakers over the age of 90. The guests discuss their lives to help alleviate any concerns the medical students may have about specializing in geriatric medicine, such as the sense of futility with treating patients with diseases that can never be cured, only managed. 

Source: NPR



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