Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2013
News for Senior and Retired Physicians
Assessing clinical competency in senior physicians
Aging physician competence is "an emotionally charged issue that is attracting the attention of patient safety experts and hospital administrators," according to an article from Kaiser Health News.
The article, published by the Washington Post, links to a recent American Medical News commentary by AMA Immediate Past President Peter W. Carmel, MD, pointing out the importance of senior physicians in addressing the predicted doctor shortage. It also notes that a small but growing number of hospitals have recently adopted policies requiring doctors at a certain age to undergo periodic physical and cognitive exams as a condition of renewing their privileges.
The AMA Senior Physicians Section is developing a work group to look at the topic of assessing clinical competency in senior physicians and plans to hold an education program on the subject in June during the next Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.
Early retirees choose locum tenens work
For physicians who are not ready to retire but who want to scale down their work hours, locum tenens work provides an excellent alternative to full time practice. Physicians can enjoy more reasonable hours, while combining work and travel time in a new location. The AMA Senior Physicians Section provides voluntary opportunities online as well as a link to the National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations.