Orthopaedic Ethics 14: The Older Surgeon

The proportion of medical doctors over the age of 65 is increasing. There has been much concern lately about subtle diminution in capacity displayed by such practitioners. While it was hoped that the board recertification process would somehow identify practitioners who are losing their skills, many physicians are outside the reach of the specialty boards. Some never passed the examinations in the first place, and others can simply continue practicing even if their certification is not renewed.

Module content created by 
Stuart A. Green, MD of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Learning objectives for this Activity:

Recognize early signs of age-related diminished mental capacity

Consider types of responses that are necessary and appropriate when observing symptoms of diminished capacity in a colleague

Contemplate the influence competing economic and political forces have on ethical actions

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