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The Need for Emotional and Social Support from Geriatric Physicians

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Aging of U.S. Population and their growing medical needs is one of the greatest challenges because of health care reforms. By 2030, geriatric population of US of age 65 and up will be more than 72 million which will be an estimated 20% of the overall population (He, 2005).

I am currently being trained at a prestigious family medicine residency program in Montgomery Alabama, which gives me an opportunity to see vast majority of patient population which includes pediatric, adult and geriatric. We are also trained at Nursing home as a part of our curriculum and we rotate once a month. Through my residency training I have realized that the elderly population always need a humane touch to their treatment. It means emotional and social
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I always like teamwork as gained during my family medicine residency which means coordinated care by physicians with the help of nurses, social workers, family members and this will help me a lot when taking care of old and debilitated patients.

I am self motivated, determined, hard working with an ability to succeed. Coupled with enthusiasm and positive attitude, I want to prepare myself for social and academic challenges of medicine. I have realized that kindness and compassion are cornerstones of good medical care. I believe that well rounded person like me has capability to acquire different skills through different activities. I am caring, patient, like communicating with people and making new friends. I believe these are my strengths that will help me to become a good physician.

My goal is to get advanced geriatric training and intensive clinical experience through fellowship program and advance towards my mission of improving the quality of elderly care. I am confident that with generous support, excellent academic and clinical exposure will help me become one of the finest physicians for my patients.

I always strive for gaining new knowledge and experience through lectures, seminars, conferences and events like SCEGM resident award meets which will not only allow me to become a superior physician but will also improve my clinical skills and help me understand critical points in elder
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