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Submitted: 16 May 2007 Modified: 17 April 2012
HERDIN Record #: PCHRDPC010801

Geriatric medicine education and training: Asian perspective.

1 Miguel  A. Ramos,
2 Eduardo Rommel S. Poblete,
3 Geoffrey Castillo,
4 Emmanuel T. Gatchalian

Abstract

BACKGROUND: It is not clear how much of Geriatric Medicine has gained ground or to which direction it is headed to in the different parts of Asia. This article tries to identify the present challenges and issues to be tackled to further strengthen the growth of academic training programs in Geriatric Medicine in Asia
OBJECTIVE: Identify issues in the development and growth of geriatric medicine as a specialty in the Asia. To compare the various existing geriatrics education and training programs and identify barriers in the growth of Academic Geriatrics in the different parts of Asia. To formulate collaborative strategies for future directions
METHODS: Collaborators in the field of geriatric medicine in the various parts of Asia were searched and identified. Each provided local data through a self administered questionnaire
RESULTS: Collaborators from Hongkong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Peoples Republic of China, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan (Formosa) and Thailand participated in this study. Brief historical perspectives showed variable levels of growth and development of geriatric medicine in each participating places in Asia. Demographics and health care programs relevant to older people were variable, there is however reported shortage of geriatricians even in "aged population" like Japan and Hong Kong. Negative perceptions, low economic return, lack of training opportunities and resistance from existing traditional fields of medicine were invariably reported as the major obstacles for academic growth. Majority of Medical Faculties are without geriatric medicine in their curriculum. Reviewed representative curriculum showed variable content and size, however, topics such as aging of population, comprehensive geriatric assessment, as well as various age related diseases are invariably covered (no data from China and Indonesia). Research is most wanting in most of postgraduate training program available except in Japan. Most post graduate trainees time are spent in acute care setting, hence, development of Long Term Care programs for trainees exposure is needed. Formal degrees are conferred after completion of postgraduate training programs in Geriatric Medicine in Hong Kong (3 years), Japan (3-4 years), Singapore (3 years), Philippines (2-3 years)

CONCLUSION: Geriatric Medicine or Medical Gerontology is at various stages of growth and development in the different parts of Asia. A collaborative effort among geriatricans in Asia could be an effective strategy to meet the challenges it is now facing. (Author)

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Publication Type:
Journal
Publication Sub Type:
Journal Article, Original
Title:
Philippine Journal of Internal Medicine
Frequency:
Semi-Annual
Publication Date:
July-August 2000
Volume:
38
Issue:
4
Page(s):
177-181
Publisher:
Philippine College of Physicians

Objectives

Identify issues in the development and growth of geriatric medicine as a specialty in the Asia. To compare the various existing geriatrics education and training programs and identify barriers in the growth of Academic Geriatrics in the different parts of Asia. To formulate collaborative strategies for future directions

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