The problem of the aging surgeon: when surgeon age becomes a surgical risk factor.

@article{Blasier2009ThePO,
  title={The problem of the aging surgeon: when surgeon age becomes a surgical risk factor.},
  author={Ralph B Blasier},
  journal={Clinical orthopaedics and related research},
  year={2009},
  volume={467 2},
  pages={402-11}
}
The question of when a surgeon should retire has been the subject of debate for decades. Both anecdotal evidence and objective testing of surgeons suggest age causes deterioration in physical and cognitive performance. Medical education, residency and fellowship training, and technology evolve at a rapid pace, and the older a surgeon is, the more likely it is he or she is remote from his or her initial education in his or her specialty. Research also shows surgeons are reluctant to plan for… CONTINUE READING
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