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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Journal Article

The aging surgeon.

Katlic MR, Coleman JA. Adv Surg. 2016;50(1):93-103.

Senior clinicians often elicit respect from their junior colleagues. This respect can affect colleagues' willingness to intervene should they observe poor performance in their role models. This review discusses the need to manage aging surgeons appropriately as a matter of safety. The authors recommend that peer support, confidential skill assessments, and effective policy can help hospitals track changes in surgeon performance to mitigate potential safety problems while preserving the dignity of their clinical staff.