Heflin comments on national shortage of geriatricians in AAMC article

Friday, May 22, 2015

In a recent article the Association of American Medical Colleges reports that by 2025, the number of Americans over the age of 65 will nearly double, but as of 2014, there were fewer than 7,500 geriatricians in the United States, only eight of the country's 145 academic medical centers have full geriatrics departments and only 44 percent of the nationals' 353 geriatric fellowship positions are filled.

"People in geriatrics are called to it," said Mitchell Heflin, MD, associate professor of medicine (Geriatrics). "It's one of the few specialities where the more training you get, the less you make - the opposite of most procedure-based specialties." Read the full article.