Even as the population ages and more people need them, geriatricians are in short supply. It is a specialty of little interest to medical students because geriatricians are paid relatively poorly and are not considered superstars in an era of high-tech medicine. In 2005, there was one geriatrician for every 5,000 Americans 65 and older, a ratio that experts said is sure to worsen. Of 145 medical schools in the U.S., only nine have departments of geriatrics. Few schools require geriatric courses. And teaching hospitals graduate internists with as little as six hours of geriatric training. The mismatch between supply and demand is a troubling issue for us, said Leo Cooney, a professor at Yale University School of Medicine.
Geriatrics lags in age of high-tech medicine
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