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AMA-SPS Annual Meeting

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Join the American Medical Association Senior Physicians Section (SPS) for an educational program and assembly meeting on Saturday, June 7, 2014, during the 2014 Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates.

AMA-SPS Assembly Meeting
11:00 a.m. – Noon

SPS Educational Program
Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Title: Evaluating Impairment in the Senior Physician: Assuring Patient Safety and Physician Well-Being

Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago, IL; Room TBD

Registration is open until May 30, 2014.

Program Description:
As the average physician age is increasing, there are a variety of current discussions on assessing physician competency and the maintenance of skills. This session will review how institutions are evaluating physicians, developing screening procedures that include assessments of physical and mental health and addressing both patient safety and physician integrity. Our first speaker, Dr. David Bazzo, will review trends related to aging and clinical performance, and experiences of others who are conducting standardized age-based screening. Screening tests used by the Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE) Program at the University of California, San Diego, will be discussed. Screenings help to identify physicians who are experiencing cognitive and/or motor skills decline. If indicated, the program assesses a physician's general health, mental health, substance use, neurocognitive status, hearing, eyesight and visual-spatial tests, as well as fine motor skills compared to those of the general population.

Our second speaker, Dr. Mary Yarbrough from the Vanderbilt School of Medicine considers how to evaluate physicians who have been referred for behavioral issues that can affect the practice of medicine. Since there is individual variability of the effects of aging and also one's practice type, appropriate evaluation should allow the solution to be tailored to the individual with consideration as to whether this behavior allows or prevents continued practice. Repair or rehabilitation should always be considered. Dr. Yarbrough will review possible interim steps to retirement as well as coping strategies for those physicians whose practice might be limited or ended. An awareness of the need for transitional support or possible interim steps to full retirement from medical practice should be considered.

David E.J. Bazzo, MD, Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

Mary Yarbrough, MD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt School of Medicine

Nancy H. Nielsen, MD, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy, Medicine, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York