The authors argue that surgical and medical residents can learn the principles of good geriatric care with only a modest addition to their already bulging residency training curriculum. The basic principles are straightforward and well supported by research findings and clinical experience. Application of these principles creates a positive feedback loop because the initial result is favorable enough to reinforce their adoption and dissemination. Further, as curricular emphasis on geriatrics in medical schools increases, specialty residents are likely to enter training with some of the necessary knowledge in hand and with more receptive attitudes.
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