Experts Raise Concern About Aging of Physician Population

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Some experts are expressing concern that aging physicians who suffer from cognitive decline could put patient safety at risk. Currently, one-third of U.S. physicians are older than age 65, and that proportion is expected to increase over the coming years. Physicians with age-related cognitive impairment might face difficulty in applying the latest diagnosis recommendations, learning new technology and functioning in emergency departments or other high-stress units.


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