Assessing and Supporting Late Career Practitioners: Four Key Questions

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      You are a hospital medical director who became concerned about a 75-year-old surgeon. Local quality leaders detected a string of unanticipated adverse outcomes and questioned whether aging had impaired the individual's performance. Colleagues had not intervened, hoping that the surgeon's self-awareness of limitations would suffice. The physician retired after a protracted and adversarial practice evaluation. You wonder whether a late career practitioners (LCP) program could identify similar practitioners earlier, avoid harm to patients, and perhaps safely extend LCPs’ careers.
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