Surgical training in the U.S. requires a minimum of five years of residency after medical school. Sub-specialties of surgery often require seven or more years. In addition, fellowships can last an additional one to three years. Because post-residency fellowships can be competitive, many trainees devote two additional years to research. Thus in some cases surgical training will not finish until more than a decade after medical school. Furthermore, surgical training can be very difficult and time consuming....
Nutrient requirements for optimum health and function of aging physiological systems often are
quite distinct from those required for young ones. Recognition and understanding of the special
nutrition problems of the aged are being intensively researched and tested, especially due to the
increases in the elderly in the general population. In developed countries, economic restrictions and
physical inactivity during aging can significantly reduce food intakes, contributing to nutritional
stresses and needs. Many disease entities and cancers are found with higher frequency in the aged.
A well-developed knowledge of clinical microbiology is critical for the practicing physician in any medical field. Bacteria, viruses, and protozoans have no respect for the distinction between ophthalmology, pediatrics, trauma surgery, or geriatric medicine. As a physician you will be faced daily with the concepts of microbial disease and antimicrobial therapy.
In November 1999, the Department of Dental Surgery at Chubu National Hospital,
National Institute of Longevity Science (Now: National Center for Geriatrics and
Gerontologyʣ, established the first oral care outpatient clinic in the nation. We have instructed
many people in methods of systematic oral care, and the service has earned a good reputation.