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How to Close the Physician Age Gap

Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, February 4, 2011

"I've been doing transradial for 16 years and I've seen the ebb and flow of it," says David Mathias, MD, an interventional cardiologist at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, WI.. "We've been asking why it hasn't been catching on and I think the number one reason is inertia, there's no real urgency to learn a different way of doing things," he says.

3. Make mentoring a priority.

To create a beneficial collaboration within a practice Mathias suggests having older and younger physicians paired up as mentors. For instance, younger docs can help older physicians learn to use social media and technology like EHR, and older physicians can share their wisdom from years of experience.

 "Older physicians have the advantage of experience and the good thing about getting old is that you know what to be afraid of. I think younger physicians want to learn new things and get involved on the cutting edge, and you need that to push the status quo," Mathias says. "When you get the two together, you get a nice mixture."

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2 comments on "How to Close the Physician Age Gap"


JKT (4/1/2011 at 10:54 AM)
Radiologists unlike many other physicians are over compensated. Physicians should be rewarded not for doing excess procedures (aka "churning the mill") but for taking responsibility (direct patient responsibility) especially at "off" hours (nights/weekends etc.). THis is certainly NOT the case of most radiology types. JKT,MD

James (2/6/2011 at 11:33 PM)
It's no surprise radiologists make more money since they spend twice as long in tailing programs. 6 years vs. 3 years. They should be rewarded for there added services, plus it's arguably more stressful with lover hours. Deffinetlg NOT a lifestyle specialty.