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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by NewYorkDoc, Apr 29, 2007.
What is the name of a doctor who primarily works with senior citizens?
Geriatics is a subspecialty of Internal Medicine
Internal medicine, cardiology, oncology, nephrology, GI...the list goes on. Unless you are looking for the phrase "geriatric medicine"...
Internal Medicine Subspecialties
Internists can choose to focus their practice on general internal medicine or take additional training to "subspecialize" in additional areas of internal medicine. The 13 subspecialties of internal medicine that internists can subspecialize in after medical school include:
Allergy and immunology
Endocrinology (diabetes and other glandular disorders)
Gastroenterology (colon and intestinal tract)
Geriatrics (care of the elderly)
"Internal Medicine Subspecialties:
Geriatrics is the subspecialty of internal medicine concerned with the health and well-being of older adults. Geriatricians must complete seven or more years of medical school and postgraduate training and become board certified in Internal Medicine. Then, for an additional year they study conditions specific to aging, including geriatric assessment and rehabilitation, preventive medicine, management of patients in long-term care settings, and psycho-social, ethical, legal, and economic issues pertinent to geriatric patients."
and if in doubt always wiki:
Geriatrics is the branch of medicine that focuses on health promotion and the prevention and treatment of disease and disability in later life
Okay...duh...however, the fact still stands that the docs listed work mostly with old folks
You can also do geriatrics through the Family Med route, if so inclined.
Hey man, I'm so sorry I didn't realize that you yourself were still in the peds age group.
Well, for the rest of us who are in our twenties or older, we would still be seen by the specialists you listed above...anybody that develops cancer after turning 18 years old would go to an oncologist, so that specialty is not exclusive to care of "older people."
"In the United States, geriatricians are primary care physicians who are board-certified in either family practice or internal medicine and have also acquired the additional training necessary to obtain the Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in geriatric medicine."
Yet again, you miss the point, and try to make up for your slip by an ad hominem. It must be tough to be so insecure.
Dude, I'm not attacking your argument, just define what "old" means to you?
It would be nice to know your frame of reference, that's all.
Clearly old has a different meaning to me, especially since OP asked about providers that care for senior citizens.
Old, of old age, geriatric=85% of the patients seen by IM, cardiology, oncology, etc. Its actually a complaint I've heard from hospital based IM docs, that they work almost entirely with geriatrics.
My frame of reference is that if you are the "average" premed I am probably about 8 years older than you.
I know you weren't attacking my argument, hence the use of the phrase "ad hominem". No worries though, I have thick skin from working with all these old people.
I meant to say I wasn't attacking you or your argument. This is why frame yof reference matters: for most 21 year olds, everyone under 25 is considered young and all others are considered "old" hence why I asked you about your frame of reference.
jumping to conclusions again? I'm definitely not your "average" pre-med. FWIW I'm probably older than you!!!
Point being that if I have a heart murmur or some other heart related problem, I'd go see a cardiologist. If I develop cancer, I'd go see an oncologist, and so on. Since I'm not "old" by any standard, it would be more accurate to say that these specialists take care of adults, and not just the "old."
Yes, the specialists that you've listed serve a larger elderly population, but that's because the elderly develop complex conditions more frequently, conditions that generally require care from a specialist. The primary training of these specialist is not in taking care of the older demographic but rather in taking care of more complex pathophysiologies. Anyway, I've seen diverse practices, sometimes IM docs do take care of the elderly, but they also take care of anyone over 18. It's just that the younger demographic tends not to seek as much medical attention.
The OP asked a pretty simple question :
Which I answered:
I haven't jumped to any conclusions, I said "if" and gave you a reference so you could have an idea of my age. I think you made the assumption I'm a ped. , ironic that on electronic boards I'm a ped. due to the anonymity yet during the day my students address me as Dr. SupergreenMnM
True, however, I think it is important that people going into IM realize that they will be mostly working with geriatics. Its actually a common complaint from IMs who didn't know that when they signed up, and for the reasons you mentioned in the future its going to be even more that way.
True, and if you notice so did I. I was hoping the OP was wanting to learn about about medicine and not simply asking for the answer to a homework question.
As an aside, if you thought the was for you it was for the post before yours, which I thought to be off color but undeniably funny. No worries though, I'll add 20-30somes to my list of people who give me thick skin.
My apologies I did think that the was in response to my post and not to the previous poster, that's why I thought you came across as, well you know, peds . Sorry about the misunderstanding and I'm glad to see that we finally agree on something and that's why I love the "Frame of reference" question because 99% of the time it clarifies the issue at hand.
my bad, I should'a used the quote function.
hahaha... That's the name of my iTunes Library.. Well, 'Pediatric Gynecology Media'
You should see the looks I notice when people see it in a coffee shop..
pediatric ... nice