American Medical Association (AMA) Seeks to Test Older Physicians: The Aging Physician–Goodbye Dr. Welby!

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The AMA is seeking to test older physicians. This is no doubt due to the influence and lobbying of the “impaired physicians movement”and the “addiction medicine” specialists who brought us the “impaired” and “disruptive” physician constructs. As do all groups of this ilk, they want to expand. It is predictable and that is what we are seeing here.

Originally posted on Disrupted Physician:

The Aging Physician—Goodbye Dr.Welby!


As a specialist in geriatric medicine I have experience in taking care of a number of doctors who were referred to me for suspected memory problems. Still operating and teaching residents in his 70s, myfirstwas a well-respected surgeon, a pioneer or Maverick who had made advances in his particular subspecialty. Known for hisdetailed knowledge of the history of medicine and sharp clinical acumen, he had not seemed himself for a while. His colleagues notedhe appeared slower,fatigued and forgetful at times (not…

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