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Transition planning for the senior surgeon: guidance and recommendations from the Society of Surgical Chairs.

Rosengart TK, Doherty G, Higgins R, et al. Transition Planning for the Senior Surgeon: Guidance and Recommendations From the Society of Surgical Chairs. JAMA Surg. 2019;154(7):647-653. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.1159.

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May 29, 2019
Rosengart TK, Doherty G, Higgins R, et al. JAMA Surg. 2019;154(7):647-653.

Potential deterioration of older surgeons' technical performance is a patient safety concern. This guidance developed from a Society of Surgical Chairs panel discussion puts forth several steps to manage the transition of aging surgeons. Recommendations include mandatory cognitive and psychomotor testing for surgeons age 65 and older, respectful consideration of the financial and emotional concerns of aging surgeons, and lifelong mentoring around the transition from clinical to nonclinical roles. The authors anticipate that such initiatives will prompt thoughtful support for aging surgeons that ensures patient safety. In an accompanying editorial, an older physician supports mandatory testing and suggests individual-level steps to address aging as a surgeon, including healthy lifestyle and financial habits.

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Rosengart TK, Doherty G, Higgins R, et al. Transition Planning for the Senior Surgeon: Guidance and Recommendations From the Society of Surgical Chairs. JAMA Surg. 2019;154(7):647-653. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.1159.