Retirement: An orthopaedic surgeon’s perspective

By Frank M. Griffin, MD

Plan your retirement as you plan your surgeries—ahead of time

According to recent AAOS member surveys, throughout their careers, orthopaedic surgeons tend to push back the age at which they plan to retire. Orthopaedic surgeons in their 40s generally expect to retire by around age 65. Those in their 50s expect to retire at around age 67. Perhaps most surprising, even orthopaedic surgeons in their 70s don’t expect to retire until age 76.

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