A conceptual model for a geriatric syllabus for podiatric medicine

AE Helfand Department of Community Health, Aging and Health Policy, Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA.

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Foot disorders and the complications of chronic disease in the older population have a significant effect on society, the cost of health care, and individuals' quality of life. Given podiatric medicine's role in the management of problems of the aging, it is critical that the profession's educational system produce practitioners who understand the process of aging and the needs of the older patient and who are prepared to serve on the health-care-delivery team as the primary providers of foot-care services. The geriatric syllabus presented here is one approach to attaining that goal.