So, I am age 64 years, and reading this article that recommends the mandatory evaluation of surgeons by age 65 years really resonated with me.2 What if the results are not good? Will they make me stop operating? Then what will I do? What will people say? Should I stop now so I will not have to find out? Why do we need to get tested anyway? The answer is for the patients we serve.
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Freischlag JA. Planning for Retiring From Operating: “Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When I’m Sixty-Four?”1. JAMA Surg. Published online May 15, 2019154(7):653–654. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.1160
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