Interesting discussion going on in ProPublica’s patient harm Facebook group about whether or not doctors should be “cutoff” after a certain age. Weigh in with your thoughts.
A couple thoughts from the community:
“It would be difficult to set a firm age, but I also think it’s important for doctors, particularly surgeons to be encouraged to recognize when it’s time to step down. My father-in-law is an ophthalmologist who recently decided to stop doing surgery at 75 – not because he couldn’t physically do it anymore, but because at his age he didn’t want the extra stress. He’s also part of a large practice with many young(er) surgeons, so he will continue to see patients but refer the surgical cases. I wish all doctors were so self aware.” - Christian John Lillis
“Age is not the issue: competency is. A physician’s license should be bestowed as a privilege, not an entitlement and sham peer medical boards will continue to be exposed by patient harm.” – Joleen Chambers.
“I agree that age should not be an issue for competent doctors, and many of the older ones who are old school are much more compassionate and willing to work the old fashioned way: putting the interests of the patient first! Some even do housecalls yet!” – Veronica James
Nice little piece on safety after a hospital stay. Karen Curtiss, founder of Campaign Zero, also has tips in her patient checklists on how to stay safe recovering from a hospital stay. We covered the tips here.