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AFAR announces the 2011 Hartford Scholars in Geriatric Medicine
Date:5/20/2011

New York, NY (May 20, 2011)The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) today announced $2.5 million in career development awards to 83 advanced fellows and junior faculty at 27 Centers of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Training across the country. This effort, funded with support from the John A. Hartford Foundation, has to date, granted more than $5 million to create the cadre of academic leaders in geriatrics. As our nation ages, we need these leaders to teach current and future generations of medical students about the unique care needs of older patients and to do the research we need to develop new advances in their care.

"We at AFAR are very proud to play an important role in improving our health care systemnurturing the leadership that will ensure all physicians are prepared for the growing numbers of older patients they will treat," said William Hall, M.D., chair of AFAR's National Program Office Advisory Committee. "Providing support to these promising scholars early in their careers is also instrumental to creating the new geriatrics knowledge we need and to the continued growth of the field."

For a complete list of this year's scholars, please visit www.afar.org/grantees.

The critical need for geriatricians

The first Boomers turn 65 this year, average life expectancy is rising, and the number of older Americans continues to grow. Patients aged 65 and older require by far the largest share of health care services. Some estimates project a need for 36,000 geriatricians by 2030, but currently there are fewer than 7,500 physicians with the skills and expertise necessary to care for older patients. The shortage is further compounded by a dearth of academic geriatricians to train medical specialists and subspecialists, general practitioners, and other geriatricians. Currently, there are fewer than 900 full-time academic geriatricians in the U.S., while some experts project
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Contact: K.K. Apple
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212-703-9977
American Federation for Aging Research
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