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Mayo Clinic Studies Age in Neurosurgeons

November 28, 2017

Mayo Clinic Studies Age in Neurosurgeons

In a new Mayo Clinic Proceeings study on how old is too old to perform neurosurgery, most neurosurgeons disagreed with an absolute age cutoff, but half favored additional testing for neurosurgeons 65 and older.

 This study is the first to survey neurosurgeons on their attitudes toward ceasing practice and testing in late career. Training to become a neurosurgeon is a lengthy process—typically 4 years of medical school, 7 years in neurosurgical residency, and frequently an additional year of post-residency fellowship. Neurosurgeons may perform surgery on the brain, spine, or any part of the central nervous system. Of 4899 neurosurgeons surveyed, 1449 (30%) responded to an anonymous and confidential questionnaire. Most respondents, 938 (65%), were 50 and older. Because more than one-third of U.S. surgeons are older than 55, the issues raised in the study will be important to other surgical disciplines.
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