KevinMD July 4, 2022
Michael Pessman

The scarcity of geriatricians in the United States is a severe problem in the public health sphere due to the increased number of older adults and the lack of health care professionals who specialize in this demographic.

Approximately 7,000 geriatricians are practicing in the United States, and around half of them are full-time. Research shows that 30 percent of people 65 years old and older need care from a geriatrician, and each geriatrician can care for up to 700 patients.

This translates to a greater demand for geriatricians — both nationally and region by region across the U.S. But the problem is solvable.

This looming crisis started 32 years ago and is on the verge of epidemic proportions. In 2019, the population...

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