Perspectives on the future of geriatric medicine

Rebecca D. Elon

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Abstract

The following comments were presented to the 20th anniversary celebration of the geriatric medicine fellowship training program at the Baylor College of Medicine in the Texas Medical Center, Houston, Texas, on June 24, 2005. The author, who was the first graduate of the geriatric medicine training program at Baylor, proposes that geriatrics is at a critical juncture and that the voice and identity of geriatric medicine should be that of advocacy for our patients, and that in such a role geriatric medicine is well suited to become the "soul of medicine." She encourages all geriatricians to read the report of the Task Force on the Future of Geriatric Medicine and to look for opportunities to personally be involved in implementing the recommendations. She suggests that since our visions of the future are often only caricatures of our past, we must be creative and dream big dreams of what the future may hold. She challenges each of us to get involved in actively creating the future of geriatric medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-200
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Medical Directors Association
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2006

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Keywords

  • Advocacy
  • Future
  • Geriatrics

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In: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, Vol. 7, No. 3, 03.2006, p. 197-200.

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