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Fellowship aimed at bringing more senior care doctors to South Dakota

Nov 28, 2011

When geriatrics became a medical specialty in 1988, many of the first geriatricians were simply medical doctors who were grandfathered in because of their experience treating the elderly. Most of the geriatricians practicing in the United States today are still from that group of doctors.


Ranked in the top 10 states with the greatest percentage of residents 65 or older, South Dakota has experienced a decline in the number of geriatricians equipped to treat seniors' growing medical needs. But now, a partnership between the Good Samaritan Society, the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota, Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Care, and The Royal C. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center, all in Sioux Falls, will put a wave of highly trained doctors on the front line of senior healthcare. 


Watch video: Fellowship aimed at bringing more senior care doctors to South Dakota

Writer: Lonnie Nichols; Photo and editing: Lonnie Nichols; Interviewer/voice-over: Darren Matthes


Read more about the Geriatrics Fellowship in the Vol. 45, No. 3, issue of The Good Samaritan magazine:

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