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Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 2013 May-Jun;55(6):611-5. doi: 10.1016/j.pcad.2013.02.002. Epub 2013 Mar 21.

Senior academic physicians and retirement considerations.

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Department of Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY 14642–0653, USA.


An increasing number of academic senior physicians are approaching their potential retirement in good health with accumulated clinical and research experience that can be a valuable asset to an academic institution. Considering the need to let the next generation ascend to leadership roles, when and how should a medical career be brought to a close? We explore the roles for academic medical faculty as they move into their senior years and approach various retirement options. The individual and institutional considerations require a frank dialogue among the interested parties to optimize the benefits while minimizing the risks for both. In the United States there is no fixed age for retirement as there is in Europe, but European physicians are initiating changes. What is certain is that careful planning, innovative thinking, and the incorporation of new patterns of medical practice are all part of this complex transition and timing of senior academic physicians into retirement.

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