The Senior Physician: Acknowledging Age and Ability

Is it possible for us to “retire gracefully”?

Angus M. McBryde Jr, MD

Recent efforts to identify quality care have put a spotlight on the relationship between aging and competence in medicine. Women and men who are age 50 to 80 years today are, on average, living longer and with greater quality of life, physical skills, and cognitive abilities than previous generations. But is there a point at which a clinician should expect to “retire” from performing surgery or practicing medicine?

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