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Collaboration and teamwork among health professionals are important aspects to the delivery of high-quality patient care. A landmark report by the Institute of Medicine suggests health care workforce preparation should include interprofessional education (IPE)
Getting old, as the saying goes, is not for the faint of heart.
Caring for an aging population also will take stout hearts and strong constitutions, since by the year 2050, people 65 and older will make up 20 percent or more of the population in most of the world’s countries. Humans on the whole are living longer and have more access to health care than ever before, which in simple terms means “the worldwide population is aging,” according to Arti Hurria, MD. Despite the expected surge in elderly, “We are not training enough individuals to care for this group,” she said. “What are the implications for our health care workforce?”
Hurria, director of the Cancer and Aging Research Program at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., and a professor in the Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research, was keynote speaker at the eighth annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship. The lecture, which drew an audience of more than…
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