The aging surgeon: How old is too old?

By Charles D. Hummer III, MD

Despite what many physicians and the public at large may believe, no chronologically based definition of physician competence exists in the U.S.

According to a representative of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), advanced age is not considered a potentially disqualifying criterion for holding an unrestricted medical license in any state, although some states have established a minimum age for physician licensure.

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