Few countries have legally set a maximum age for practicing surgery. This is difficult to sustain as surgeon shortages in many localities require hospitals to grant surgical privileges based on internal peer review systems. This approach is not without problems. Some hospitals and medical societies have developed competency assessment programs. Based on the literature and the experience of various jurisdictions, the authors recommend a policy approach that does not mandate a retirement age for surgeons, but rather a mandatory age of 65 at which surgeons shall be legally subject to periodic assessment of physical dexterity, eye/hand coordination, and cognitive skills.
|Pages (from-to)||8 pages|
|State||Published - Sep 14 2021|