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Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is Geriatrics?

Answer: Geriatrics is the branch of medical science that focuses on health promotion and the treatment of disease and disability in later life.

Question: What is a geriatrician or geriatric trained physician?

Answer: A geriatrician is a physician who is specially trained to prevent and manage the unique and often multiple health problems of older adults. Since older adults tend to react to illness and disease differently than younger persons, geriatricians have been educated on the specific syndromes older patients experience as well as how to manage complex and often multiple medical problems. Geriatricians use their expertise to develop care plans that address the special health care needs utilizing a holistic/team approach to medicine, incorporating the physical, psychological, and social factors affecting the older adult.

Question: How does a physician become eligible to train in geriatrics?

Answer: Physicians who have completed their training in an ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education), AOA (American Osteopathic Association) or Canadian accredited family practice or internal medicine program are eligible for participation in a geriatric fellowship program.

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