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The SCOOTER Store Invests in Ethics Training for Future Doctors
Date:5/21/2010

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The SCOOTER Store is supporting the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, believing that teaching ethics and humanitarian values to future doctors and health professionals will encourage compassionate care for the nation's elderly.

"The long-term goal of The SCOOTER Store is to create an opportunity for every American senior to live their entire life safely and confidently at home," said Mike Pfister, Executive Vice President of External Relations and Government Affairs at The SCOOTER Store. "This goal reflects our desire for seniors and people with disabilities to receive compassionate, ethical healthcare that preserves their dignity and independence and enables them to avoid expensive institutional care settings."

In 2008, there were fewer than 8,000 board-certified geriatricians in the United States.  According to Alliance for Aging Research, the country will need approximately 36,000 geriatricians by 2030, when there are expected to be 72 million Americans who are 65 and older.

"By investing in the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and providing ongoing support to the Community Service Learning program, we are helping prepare future physicians and healthcare professionals to answer their calling and address an urgent and growing need for empathetic geriatric care," said Pfister.

Ruth Berggren, M.D., heads the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and has drawn around her a faculty that emphasizes medical ethics, community service learning and study of the humanities. According to Dr. Berggren, "Community Service Learning bridges ethics education and hum
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