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Working Longer: the case of health professionals

by on May 2, 2013

With longer working lives looking likely for many people,  this item on the AAMC website examines the particular situation for the medical profession in the US.

Surgeons are often cited as examples in the scenario (often raised as an argument in favour of mandatory retirement): ‘would you be happy if your surgeon/pilot etc was over 65?’

The article highlights some of the policies that have been introduced in various US medical institutions. For example, in one organization, all physicians and licensed independent practitioners, such as psychologists and nurse practitioners, are required to have a physical, cognitive, and psychological assessment once they reach the age of 70. They are assessed again at 75, and then every two years in order to be authorised to continue in professional practice.

Interestingly, these policies may act to encourage health professionals, who have experienced no impairments, to work for longer. One doctor is cited as having planned to retire but changed his mind after passing the evaluation with flying colors as this gave him a renewed sense of confidence.


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