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How Old Is Your Doctor?
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How Old Is Your Doctor?

And does it matter?


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Visitor Comments: 55

(55) graenum SChiff MD, October 26, 2011 3:17 AM

the nurses know and report incompetent doctors

Hospitals do not want to be sued. If there is an incompetent doctor, it is usuallly reported by the hospital staff to the hospital administration and the doctors privileges are restricted.There is no need to worry. Also , passing a competency test does not guarantee that the doctor will be ethical,

(54) Dr E, May 3, 2011 3:58 AM

Older doctors

Older doctors are like old wine. If they were outstanding when they were young they will be even better when they get older. The opposite is also true. testing should be mandatory after 65.

(53) Anonymous, February 11, 2011 6:40 AM

doctor education

My father was a surgeon for many years. He said that the person who graduates last in the class is still called "doctor." It is not really about age. No one can even start to practice medicine until the age of 29 or 30, depending on the field of specialty. He always kept up with the latest techniques and went to conferences and courses throughout his career. He also independently researched the drugs that the drug companies were sending him. This is what a good doctor does. Older doctors may not do surgery but they are frequently good for consultation. You have to go and see what doctor you are comfortable with, not check his age. There are plenty of younger doctors that don't have the patience or experience to deal with complicated cases. For instance, I took my kids to a specialist and the next time I saw her, she didn't remember any of my kids or even seeing me - this was after about 6 visits. I didn't go back to her. While she was competent, she didn't care enough to really find out the problem and even remember that she had seen my face before. It is about practicing good medicine, regardless of the age. A less experienced doctor should consult with a senior doctor and an older doctor will guide a younger one to learn the proper techniques to gain experience and competency.

(52) Anonymous, February 7, 2011 11:06 PM

Yes, I do

Doctors hold a person's life in their hands. They should be up to date on all things medical.l

(51) Elisheva, February 6, 2011 3:59 AM

Caring, Empathy, Ethics and Compassion Can't Be Tested

I have been a patient advocate for years---recently had a cardiac surgeon at a famous teaching hospital in Manhattan, tell a patient that if he knew the patient was 60 yrs old, he would not have done the surgery. Testing this doctor would not weed out heartless physicians or those that believe they have the right to have a patient stressed out forever in nightmares of dying because there is no one out there that will now help her.

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