Best Practices in Assessing Aging Physicians for Professional Competency

Best Practices in Assessing Aging Physicians for Professional Competency Opinion EDITORIAL Jeffrey L. Saver, MD The unprecedented number and proportion of aging physi- served with care provided by older physicians with low- cians in the workforce in both the United States and the world volume practices. is a unique challenge of the current medical era. Fully 43% of Because of this increase in the aging physician popula- all US physicians are aged 55 years or older, including 61% of tion, along with concerns regarding potential decrements in psychiatrists, 52% of radiolo- physician capabilities, development of testing methods and gists, 46% of general sur- regulatory frameworks to assess late-career practitioners for Editorial page 125 geons, and 44% of internists. fitness to practice is an important policy priority confronting Moreover, approximately 15% medical organizations at all levels: individual practices, hos- Related article page 179 of practicing US physicians pital medical staffs, integrated health systems, medical soci- are older than 65 years, tri- eties, state medical boards, and national policy makers. Re- pling from 23 000 in 1980 to 73 000 in 2012-2016. Every year, cent years have seen substantial progress but also controversy 20 000 more US physicians turn 65 years of age, and, even and setbacks. For instance, MicroCog, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Best Practices in Assessing Aging Physicians for Professional Competency

JAMA, Volume 323 (2) – Jan 14, 2020

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American Medical Association
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Copyright 2020 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0098-7484
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1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2019.20249
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Abstract

Opinion EDITORIAL Jeffrey L. Saver, MD The unprecedented number and proportion of aging physi- served with care provided by older physicians with low- cians in the workforce in both the United States and the world volume practices. is a unique challenge of the current medical era. Fully 43% of Because of this increase in the aging physician popula- all US physicians are aged 55 years or older, including 61% of tion, along with concerns regarding potential decrements in psychiatrists, 52% of radiolo- physician capabilities, development of testing methods and gists, 46% of general sur- regulatory frameworks to assess late-career practitioners for Editorial page 125 geons, and 44% of internists. fitness to practice is an important policy priority confronting Moreover, approximately 15% medical organizations at all levels: individual practices, hos- Related article page 179 of practicing US physicians pital medical staffs, integrated health systems, medical soci- are older than 65 years, tri- eties, state medical boards, and national policy makers. Re- pling from 23 000 in 1980 to 73 000 in 2012-2016. Every year, cent years have seen substantial progress but also controversy 20 000 more US physicians turn 65 years of age, and, even and setbacks. For instance, MicroCog,

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Published: Jan 14, 2020

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