Medical centers help train more doctors on how to care for the elderly

In response to a geriatric specialist shortage, four academic medical centers aim to teach physicians from all specialties on how to address the complex issues involved in caring for older adults, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, and UCLA School of Medicine formed a consortium 10 years ago to provide geriatric training to doctors who teach in medical schools and residency programs. So far the program has trained 430 medical-school faculty members and 82 advanced fellows in generatric education who serve on the faculty of 21 academic training programs in 14 states. The program "is a recognition that most older people won't be cared for by a geriatrician," Rosanne Leipzig, professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine and a consortium leader, told the WSJ. Article