William R. Hazzard, MD
Geriatrics has clearly come a long way since a classic 1978 Institute of Medicine study (1) outlined the challenge to the academic medical establishment of the impending demographic imperative of an aging population. In contrast to 1978, many undergraduate medical curricula now contain substantial gerontologic and geriatric content (albeit on average far less than recommended) (2); geriatric experience is a "must" in residencies in internal medicine and family practice (although in 1990 it could be identified in only 36% of internal medicine programs) (3); accredited geriatric fellowship programs have been established at over 100 centers in the Department of Internal
Hazzard WR. A Report Card on Academic Geriatrics in 1991: The Struggle for Academic Respectability. Ann Intern Med. ;115:229–230. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-3-229
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(3):229-230.
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