The Aging Physician

What to do with valued, even beloved older physicians? 

Medical professionals experience the physical and cognitive decline that affects all humans and sometimes will practice longer than they should. Existing peer review processes may be inadequate, and mandatory retirement ages are unfair and unscientific. But policies mandating practical screening at a specific age are legal — and they strike a fair balance of patient safety, organizational liability and provider dignity.






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This webinar will:

  • Discuss the Impact of an Aging Population

  • Review aspects of normal aging

  • Identify warning signs of cognitive impairment

  • Discuss cognitive screening controversies

  • Discuss controversies about age to screen


About the speaker, Sharon Beckwith

Ms. Beckwith brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to MDReview. Ms. Beckwith has cultivated a unique combination of experience in executive management as well as extensive expertise in the area of physician peer review and medical staff management, working daily with hospital clients to understand and meet their medical staff, quality improvement, risk management and peer review challenges. In recent years, she has presented nationally to several medical staff services associations. Ms. Beckwith is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara.


About the speaker, Donald Lefkowits, MD, FACEP

Dr. Lefkowits received his undergraduate degree, medical degree, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He began his career in Emergency Medicine in 1980 and has practiced at Rose Medical Center since 1984. During his tenure at Rose, Dr. Lefkowits served as a member of the hospital Board of Trustees, President of the Medical staff, Chair of the Credentials Committee, and Chair of the Peer Review committee. He supported hospital and medical staff functions by chairing fair hearings, providing crisis management and press interactions, and developing and nurturing physician leadership programs. He has put in place state of the art Cardiac, Stroke and Trauma alert programs and helped the Rose ED lead the way in programs to enhance ED throughput and patient safety and satisfaction metrics. In 2008, Dr. Lefkowits was honored in 5280, The Denver Magazine, as the Top ED Doctor in Denver. Dr. Lefkowits is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine and currently serves on the Colorado Medical Board.