The American medical profession is aging at a rapid rate. In 2015 nearly one in four practicing physicians was at least 65 years old, prompting many to question whether a mandatory retirement age should be set in place.
The American medical profession is aging. One in four US physicians is over 65 years of age and those between 65 and 75 constitute about 11 percent of the active medical labor force. In addition, writes Amy McCullough on the Society for Vascular Surgery website, “many physicians over the age of 56 indicate plans to retire in [...]
There have been expressions of concern in many medical quarters over how best to handle physician aging. As practitioners grow older they may experience reduced cognitive and physical capacity. With patient safety rightly paramount for all concerned with healthcare—and given some, admittedly inconclusive, evidence indicating [...]
A quarter of US physicians are over 65 and about 11 percent of the active medical labor force is between 65 and 75. Accordingly, a lot of attention has been focused on how organizations can make sure aging practitioners are still cognitively and physically able to perform at a level ensuring patient safety and optimal [...]
This article originally appeared in Emergency Medicine News, October 2016. By Loice Swisher, MD I read Chris Doty's letter about his resident's suicide, and by the end of the second paragraph, 16 years melted away. I knew this path. It was mine. I had felt the grip of strangulating guilt, the crushing weight of failed [...]
"Resilience" is a controversial term among physicians, many of whom feel using the word has become a way to assign blame for the negative psychological results of practice conditions over which no physician has control. (See our blog post Why Most Physicians Hate the Term ‘Resilience.’)
The word "resilience"—as a compliment or a directive—is not always well-received by physicians. For many, especially when it’s connected with resilience training, it implies:
In a paper published on the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst site in 2017, Brian Bohman, MD, and nine colleagues from six institutions, including the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Mayo Clinic and the AMA, call on clinical leaders to: “Lead a paradigm shift in rejecting the historic 'iron doc' culture by [...]
Resiliency is typically a sought after attribute within the healthcare field. But when stripped down to the core, it's apparent physicians are growing increasingly frustrated with the phrasing behind the term.
How do you recognize when a physician is experiencing burnout? Given the high demands of contemporary medical practice and the extreme pressures physicians work under, you might think burnout would be most clearly signaled by a blowup—“I can’t take this anymore!”