Better with age?

June 8, 2017. Everyone wants a doctor with experience. But with new medical advancements coming at you faster than you can swallow, is it time to trade in the specs for tech? A recent study shows that 30-day mortality rates increase with each decade of life of the managing internist. This is an interesting finding, but it is far from the whole story. Many say this is attributable to physicians getting lazy about learning the latest and greatest as they become more seasoned. While evidence does show that CME can increase test performance late in careers, this doesn't necessarily translate into better clinical care. And it turns out doctors really DON'T like lifelong mandated standardized tests (could have fooled us). In fact, the association between increased mortality and internist age disappeared for docs seeing >200 patients annually. So maybe bigger (case loads) really is better.


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