Why Geriatric Medicine?

Y4-ewZBYDr James Fisher is a final year Geriatric Medicine trainee working at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust; he tweets @drjimbofish. Here he describes an ongoing project that seeks to understand more about career choices and recruitment to Geriatric Medicine.

Geriatricians of tomorrow: We need you! As the number of people living with frailty grows, geriatricians are increasingly in demand. Already, in terms of consultant numbers, Geriatric Medicine is the biggest hospital medical specialty – but to meet the needs of the ageing population, further expansion in numbers will be needed.

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When Life is Academic

Marion McMurdo is Professor of Ageing and Health at the University of Dundee. She tweets at @NIHRCRNageingshutterstock_100411084

No, I’m not splitting the atom, I’m not fiddling with genes, and I categorically guarantee that no molecules have been harmed as part of my research.

I’m a clinical academic in ageing research, and I’m having fun.

Yes, I appreciate that having fun at work is somewhat unusual, and is viewed with deep suspicion in many quarters.  Like all my NHS colleagues in the Medicine of Old Age, I am a realistic optimist, and I have chosen to devote my academic career to clinical ageing research. Continue reading