Should older doctors be examined, tested or forced to retire?

Should older doctors be examined, tested or forced to retire?By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) – At 81, Dr. Frank Stockdale continues to see breast cancer patients and believes he offers them the wisdom and knowledge from his more than 50 years of oncology practice. The report in JAMA Surgery recommends that healthcare organizations develop protocols for testing doctors of a certain – though undetermined – age for health and competence. “This is clearly a discriminatory policy if you pick an age to test,” said Stockdale, a professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California, who was not involved in the review.


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