In 2003, authors Warshaw and Bragg published a paper that reported on three decades of progress in creating a workforce to care for our aging population. They noted that, as of academic year 2001-2002, 120 geriatric medicine fellowships were training 338 fellows. U.S. medical schools had 869 full-time equivalent (FTE) geriatrics faculty members teaching in IM residency programs and FP residency programs. From 1988-2002, more than ten thousand Certificates of ...

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Quality indicators are used to measure the quality of health care delivered to patients. Quality indicators are used extensively in the VA health system, and efforts are underway in Medicare to tie reimbursement levels to performance on quality indicators. The motivations for using quality indicators are guided by the best of intentions. There are many problems with the quality of health care in the US, and quality indicators aim to improve ...

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As we get older, having a good doctor in our corner becomes incredibly important. And you don’t want just any doctor for your parent.  Smarts, signs of basic compassion and a few other things are essential for the relationship to work. Good doctor quality #1: Listening skills Picture it: Your Mom’s doctor’s office. 10am Tuesday.  She reaches into her pocket for her list of three concerning symptoms she plans to mention, if she can ...

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