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September 1992

Creating Immediate Medical Leadership in Geriatrics

Author Affiliations

New York, NY

Rochester, NY

Arch Intern Med. 1992;152(9):1924-1925. doi:10.1001/archinte.1992.00400210144026

To the Editor.—  The growth of the elderly population in the United States necessitates rapid development of a sizable physician group trained to lead programs and provide patient care in medical schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and the community. The early manpower projections1,2 predicted a need for approximately 7500 to 10 000 geriatricians. More recent estimates have raised this projection to 20 000.3 In addition, most of today's 500 000 practicing physicians need improved training to deal more effectively with the new demography of elderly persons. It is clear that due to the small number of physicians entering geriatric fellowship programs (100 to 150 per year), this route will make only a modest contribution to fulfilling the predicted needs of the American society for geriatricians.In the past 3 years, an examination, cosponsored by The American Boards of Internal Medicine and Family Practice has been taken by 6000 physicians for

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