Medical schools prepare for "silver tsunami"
Reuters/Yahoo News, January 29, 2008
U.S. medical schools are increasingly plugging geriatric courses into their curricula and adding specially trained faculty members as they respond to an imminent boom in the number of older Americans and the need to better understand how to properly care for the elderly. Out of 800,000 doctors in the United States, roughly 7,000 are geriatricians. The country needs another 13,000 to adequately care for today's older population, according to the American Geriatrics Society, and the shortfall could reach 36,000 by 2030.