In 2009, geriatrics will mark its centennial as a medical discipline in the United States. Nevertheless, the field still continues to struggle with its identity, its mission, and its very survival, even as the advancing tide of older persons in the United States threatens to inundate and bankrupt the country's health and social care systems. This quandary besets US physicians-in-training. For all the right reasons, these individuals may contemplate careers in geriatric medicine—yet, concerned about their future personal and professional lives and livelihoods, 99% elect to pursue other specialties, perversely perpetuating the status of geriatric medicine as the least popular choice among graduating US medical students.
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