As we are well aware, elder care specialists are in short supply and high demand in nursing homes. The frightening shortage also persists in the physician specialty field of geriatrics. Geriatricians are in short supply and according to a recent New York Times article, it appears as though the trend will continue. Medical students are not willing to fill the demand in that specialty because of the relatively poor pay and the lack of high-tech medicine used in the field.
In 2005, there was one geriatrician for every 5,000 Americans 65 and older and experts expect this ratio to worsen. Only 9 medical schools in the U.S. have a department of geriatrics and few schools require geriatric courses.