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The aging physician and the medical profession: a review.

Dellinger P, Pellegrini CA, Gallagher TH. The Aging Physician and the Medical Profession: A Review. JAMA Surg. 2017;152(10):967-971. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.2342.

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August 9, 2017
Dellinger P, Pellegrini CA, Gallagher TH. JAMA Surg. 2017;152(10):967-971.

Physician skills can degrade with age. Other high-risk industries assess older practitioners to confirm cognitive and technical competency, but medicine has been slow to adopt this safety strategy. Exploring how to approach assessments of the aging physician, this review suggests that health care institutions and professional organizations should develop processes and policies that support appropriate skill review within the context of physician well-being and patient safety.

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Dellinger P, Pellegrini CA, Gallagher TH. The Aging Physician and the Medical Profession: A Review. JAMA Surg. 2017;152(10):967-971. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.2342.