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AMA calls for more physician training in response to IOM report

American Medical Association, April 15, 2008
The American Medical Association is calling for more physician training in aging care in response to an Institute of Medicine report saying the current healthcare workforce will not be able to meet the needs of the expanding senior population. "With approximately 7,000 geriatricians currently in the United States, all physicians caring for aging patients need to become proficient in geriatric care to help meet the increasing healthcare needs of seniors," according to an AMA statement. The statement added that the AMA is working with other organizations to increase physician knowledge and skills for medical students and practicing physicians to meet their needs at all stages of their medical careers.