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geriatrician facts

  • Currently, there are roughly 7,600 certified geriatricians -- doctors who specialize in caring for the elderly. However, an additional 14,000 are needed to adequately care for the elderly population. 2
  • By 2030, the nation will need 36,000 trained geriatricians. 1,2
  • Geriatricians make up less than 1% of the 700,000 physicians in country1
  • In 2004-2005 there were:1
    • 131 geriatric medicine fellowship programs (an increase of 11 since '01)
    • 444 available first-yr positions (an increase of 19% since '01)
    • 334 geriatric fellows in all yrs of training (33% of first yr positions not filled)
    • 36 fellows in their 2nd year and beyond (54% decrease from '01) (Fellows in 2nd year program generally focus on additional training in research or teaching skills)
  • Since 2001-02, 310 fellows per year have completed a Geriatric Medicine program. If this number of annual graduates remains stable, by 2030 there would be 7,750 newly certified geriatricians -- not even one-third of the projected number estimated to be required.1

1 "Longitudinal Study of Training and Practice in Geriatric Medicine" Assoc. of Directors of Geriatric Medicine, October 2005

2 American Geriatrics Society, Fact Sheets

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