Other Session

  • Date:
  • Time: 2:45pm - 3:45pm
  • Track: Public Policy
  • CME/CE: 1.0
  • Type: In-Person

Sponsored by the Society of General Internal Medicine Special Interest Group 
Moderator: Hollis Day, MD, MS, MHPE 
As the workforce ages we know that as physicians, we face our own increasing medical complexity and the potential for cognitive decline. However, given the nature of our work, the stakes are high to ensure that we are providing safe patient care. There are unfortunately no standardized guidelines for deciding when/if an older physician should retire for the sake of patient safety. Learning Objectives: (1) outline current policies within and outside the US regarding mandatory physician retirement/competency assessment; (2) discuss the pros/cons of mandatory competency testing for physicians at a given age; (3) list selected tools that may be used in assessment of older physician competency; and (4) discuss if mandating physician competency testing is a form of ageism.

Debating the Merits of Age-Based Physician Competency Assessment: Overview 
Hollis Day, MD, MS, MHPE 

For the Affirmative: Supporting Age-Based Physician Competency Assessment 
Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD, MPH 

Counterpoint: Older Physician Competency Based Assessment as Ageism in Action 
Lee Lindquist, MD, MPH, MBA, CMD