While he was a Boston University School of Medicine fourth-year medical student with the Home Health Service, Brian McKinnon, MD, was introduced to the challenges of caring for the elderly patient. This unique educational experience left an indelible impression and has influenced his career interest in the care of geriatric patients with hearing loss.
Explore this issue:June 2016
However, as Dr. McKinnon and others have discovered, it is rare that students and residents are exposed to a dedicated geriatric educational experience. Unfortunately, most complete their training with little focused education addressing the unique problems of the older adult with otolaryngologic disorders.
Fortunately, there is a forward-thinking society of otolaryngologists dedicated to addressing this gap. The American Society of Geriatric Otolaryngology (ASGO) comprises otolaryngologists and other professionals who realize that the geriatric otolaryngology patient offers a unique challenge to healthcare professionals. This challenge requires a paradigm shift in how we train otolaryngologists, both to prepare them to provide healthcare to older adults and to educate others in the specific needs of this population.