Aging sometimes makes it physically difficult to do all that is required. Changes in the shift rotations are harder. Visual and hearing acuity may suffer. It may be difficult to accommodate medical problems; for example, at what time do you take your morning and evening doses of medications when you are working midnights? What if your diuretic takes effect during trauma resuscitation? How does a professional group deal with the inevitable increase in sick time needed by an aging group of physicians? When does the slowing of reflexes exceed acceptable tolerances?
Career transitions are available in many specialties, but, as a new specialty, emergency medicine does not have as much experience in tailoring the practice to accommodate older physicians, and options other than leaving the field need to be developed.
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