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Medical News & Perspectives
August 19, 2009

Effort Under Way to Prepare Physicians to Care for Growing Elderly Population

JAMA. 2009;302(7):727-728. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1140

In 2008, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended that all physicians develop competency in geriatrics to help them provide good care for the growing population of older individuals in the United States. Now leaders from a variety of medical specialties have drafted a roadmap for providing such training.

In May, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the Council of Medical Specialty Societies convened a meeting in Chicago to address the need for geriatric training in all specialties of medicine. The meeting yielded a white paper that recommends that all medical specialty groups develop and incorporate into their residency programs a set of geriatric competencies that residents should master (http://www.americangeriatrics.org/education/white_paper.pdf). The groups are encouraged to build on the 26 geriatric competencies for medical students established by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in 2007.

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