Diagnosing the aging physician

Collier, Roger
April 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;4/22/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 9, p1121
Academic Journal
The article discusses the alleged ageism towards older physicians in Canada. According to the author, older physicians make valuable contributions to health care as stated by experts. He added that it is important not to alienate strong performers when weeding out doctors that are unfit to practice due to doctor shortage in the country. Moreover, Toronto lawyer Joshua Liswood has stated that Canadian hospitals have created senior staffs to address concerns about aging doctors. He emphasized that Kevin Eva, associate chair of McMaster University's Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatics, has stated that some studies suggests that older doctors are superior at particular tasks such as making initial diagnoses. INSET: Provincial age assessments vary.


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