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Aging doctors prompt call for competency tests

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CHICAGO (AP) - The American Medical Association has adopted a plan to help decide when it's time for aging senior physicians to hang up the stethoscope.

The nation's largest organization of doctors agreed Monday to spearhead an effort to create competency guidelines for assessing whether older physicians remain able to provide safe and effective care for patients.

One out of four U.S. doctors is older than 65.

Doctors have no mandatory retirement age, unlike pilots, military personnel and a few other professions where mistakes can be deadly. All doctors must meet state licensing requirements, and some hospitals require age-based screening. But there are no national mandates or guidelines on how to make sure older physicians can still do their jobs safely.

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