Medical doctors usually begin their education by completing 4 years
of college and receiving a bachelor's degree (baccalaureate) at an accredited
college or university. They then attend 4 or more years of medical school.
During medical school, students take classes in the cause, treatment, and
prevention of diseases. Medical students learn how to assess a patient for a
disease, plan and implement treatment, and evaluate the outcome of their
intervention. After completing medical school, students earn the degree of
medical doctor (MD) or doctor of osteopathy (DO).
Most medical doctors then complete at least 3 years of a specialty
training program (residency), which allows them to gain further experience in a
specialty area under the supervision of doctors already experienced in that
specialty. Following their residency, medical doctors may begin their own
medical practice or continue their training in a subspecialty.
Dangers around the home cause thousands of unintentional deaths per year. And falls are the most common fatal injury in the home -- especially among the elderly. In 2008, over 19,700 older adults died from the injuries sustained during falls. The CDC says more than one-third of adults 65 and older fall each year -- and fewer than half of them discuss falling with their health care provider.
Between 20% and 30% of falls among adults 65 and older result in hip fractures, head lacerations, and head...