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AMA Misses Mark by Aiming at Older Doctors

On June 8, 2015, the American Medical Association adopted a resolution to implement competency testing for older doctors. This resolution arises in a setting in which approximately 25% of our nation's doctors are age 65 or older and 42% are age 55 or older. Although the American Board of Medical Specialties and a small number of hospital systems have required periodic competency testing of elderly doctors, the retirement age of doctors has largely been left up to the individual doctor, leading to circumstances where incompetent, and sometimes demented, physicians were caring for patients.The AMA has not worked out the details of what competency testing will entail, but its report suggests th

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