How long can – or should – doctors practice before hanging up their stethoscope? It’s a delicate issue, fraught with issues such as the difficulty of accepting the idea of aging and the ingrained notion that retirement represents the end of a productive life.
But there’s a lot at stake. Physicians who continue practicing beyond a certain point will jeopardize patients’ lives.
Even the desire to learn can decline with age. There’s evidence that doctors who pursue continuing education keep their practice at a high level. Yet at least one study reveals that as doctors age, they’re less likely to participate in continuing education — professional suicide in a profession where the landscape is changing at warp speed.
Doctors need to be honest with themselves and know when to retire before health or competency issues force them to get out of the game. And in that scenario, no one — not the physician, not their patients and certainly not the healthcare system — wins.
Since 1997, RSRS — the only physician-managed, fully compliant storage facility in Canada — has assisted hundreds of doctors with their medical practice closures and record storage obligations.
RSRS offers a complete medical practice closure consulting service, and for Primary Care Doctors, RSRS can usually offer medical practice closure and patient record retention services at NO CHARGE.
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