Some things are inevitable in life, and you are bound to experience them sooner or later. For instance, aging and falls are some of them. You probably have experienced it or know one or several individuals who have undergone it. Since the world is evolving each day, resources must be directed towards researchers and research, especially in the biomedical field in relation to these realities.
Surveys have revealed that almost 10% of the world population consists of people who are 65 years old and above. It has further been predicted that the number is bound to rise by18% by the year 2050. Additionally, the death toll from falls has been rising steadily from 2007 and will continue to climb as people get older. Despite the bigger number of the aging population, clinicians are insufficient to bridge the health sector gap appropriately.
The aging population has tremendously led to a decreased workforce, increased consumer demand, and financial pressures. This has contributed to the shortage of personnel in the medical field. Therefore, it is necessary to expose and integrate the upcoming and potential physicians to the global issues that are related to aging at the early stages of their training. If that is done, more students will be attracted to undertake the health-related courses connected to the aging process.
It is a practical necessity that future researchers be equipped with the skills and knowledge to handle the elderly. Today, most of the world public health training is happening after students have already specialized in their areas of interest. Henceforth, it will be beneficial if the upcoming cohorts research workforce on aging be nurtured to include the different groups.
Further research reveals that the aging population of African Americans, Asians, mixed-race, and Hispanics is bound to increase while that of Non-Hispanics and whites is expected to decrease. It will be beneficial if the talents of the underrepresented minority groups are put into good use. To have adequate personnel, other factors such as gender, ethnicity, race, socio-economic background, and physical ability have to be considered when training healthcare professionals.
Furthermore, only 20% of the underrepresented groups that pursue their undergraduate studies under STEM always finish their courses. The challenge always comes when engaging this minority group about the STEM courses without breaching the academic standards. A time has come when students have to participate in active research to gain professional experience.
A big mantle has to be carried by the Historically Black Colleges and Universities. They play a role in the 2% of the nation’s degree-granting institutions, but they produce almost 40% of African American STEM degree students. A strong need has been created to develop educational programs that will equip undergraduate students in careers that address the world health problems, especially aging.
Biomedical engineering devices, interventions, and designs are set to be investigated by the University of the District of Columbia (“UDC”). UDC is poised to offer a good environment for the study of the biomedical engineering degree. The program is aiming at emphasizing aging-based courses and training.
Furthermore, UDC will offer rare aging-related research courses that will be available to undergraduate students. Invaluable training will also be provided to the underrepresented minority learners to help solve the situation. Bringing diverse groups on board, various solutions will also be available, which will bring balance in the global health sector. Furthermore, having diverse researchers on board will be a vital and major solution to the world’s medical problems, mainly on aging.
It would be eye-opening to learn what research entities like Predictive Oncology (NASDAQ: POAI) are doing in relation to the specific health challenges the elderly in the community face.
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