Along these lines, Charles Phillip Daspit, MD, an otologist/neurotologist retired from St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Ariz., finds it reasonable to think that surgeons older than 75 would have less experience with modern techniques and recent medical research unless they practiced in a large tertiary care facility with exposure to a sizeable residency/fellowship house staff and a high level of publication production both from a research and clinical practice output.
Setting a Retirement Age
To solve the problem of surgeons who don’t retire when declines in their abilities occur, should a mandatory retirement age be set for surgeons, like the one that applies in some other professions such as pilots (age 65) and air traffic controllers (age 60)?
Dr. Chole doesn’t support setting a chronological age for surgeons to retire because there is great variation in aging surgeons’ cognitive and technological abilities. “But there should be some criteria for evaluating older doctors, because some may not recognize their decline,” he said.