Journal Article

The aging physician and the medical profession: a review.

Dellinger EP; Pellegrini CA; Gallagher TH.

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.