Retirement? Not so much, say older doctors
September 27, 2017 - Skilled Wound Care
Retirement? Not so much, say older doctors.
A recent survey found that the average age of actively licensed physicians in America is 51. And those doctors? Don’t want to hang up the white coats just yet.
Although more than a third of physicians are approaching retirement age, the survey found that more than half wanted to keep working past the average age of retirement (63). Of those surveyed, surgical specialists were the least excited about retiring: only 32% replied that they were planning to retire. The remainder - and we certainly can count many of our Skilled Wound Care physicians among them! - cited their commitment to continuing the practice of medicine, combined with a preference for flexible or less stringent hours.
Results like these continue to affirm the Skilled Wound Care model - we have consistently seen proof that physicians are looking for the kind of work-life balance, flexible schedules, and rewarding medical careers that we offer.
But Skilled Wound Care isn’t just about ideal provider lifestyles and experiences: it’s an organization that’s driven to help vulnerable populations in nursing homes get the very highest quality of care. And with an aging population combined with a physician shortage, that mission is becoming ever more critical.
If you’d like to become part of the Skilled Wound Care team and transition to a new phase in your healthcare career, we’d love to have you: please check out the opportunities available! We believe that practicing medicine is a calling that doesn’t end at a certain age; we also believe that access to the best quality wound care is something that everyone deserves, regardless of age.
Skilled Wound Care is a mobile surgical practice committed to transforming the chronic wound care model in nursing facilities. Wound care experts make weekly bedside visits to patients in long-term care facilities, avoiding transfers to hospitals or clinics. Our expert physicians give patients the most up-to-date and effective wound treatments, and educate facility staff on how to help patients continue to heal quickly and effectively between visits. This model of collaborative care allows SWC’s physicians to improve patients’ lives and health outcomes, to empower nursing staff, and to raise public awareness. Skilled Wound Care, along with its nurse and nursing home partners, is working every day to positively transform traditional nursing home wound care.