How Old is Too Old to Practice Medicine? Credentialing Aging Physicians

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    Speaker: Elizabeth Snelson

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    Duration: 60 Minutes
    Product Code: 50920
    Level: Intermediate

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Practicing medicine is not like other jobs that have a tradition of retirement at age 65. Physician shortages fuel support for physicians seeking to continue their careers indefinitely. Patient safety is paramount, but is it served by applying age restrictions on medical staff membership and clinical privileges?

If so, what is the magic number?


  • Can medical staffs and hospitals place restrictions on physicians based on age?
  • Should hospitals and medical staffs decide a retirement age for medical staff membership?
  • Can physicians sue, alleging discrimination and civil rights violations?

Attend the webinar to get answers to many such vital questions.


  • Age restrictions on medical staff membership and clinical privileges
  • State laws affecting physician age restrictions
  • Federal laws affecting physician age restrictions
  • Accreditation requirements related to age-based credentialing
  • Implementation of age-based screening
  • Eligibility for peer review protection


Age discrimination must be avoided while patient safety must be protected. Physicians are human but all humans do not cease to be functional at the same or any particular age. Credentialing processes must integrate age as part of competency assessment and need to better analyze the retirement age for medical staff membership.


  • Medical Staff President/Chief of Staff
  • Bylaws Committee
  • Credentialing Committee
  • Chief Medical Officer
  • Vice President of Medical Affairs
  • Chief of Staff
  • Director of Medical Staff
  • Medical Staff Attorney
  • Hospital Counsel
  • Medical Staff Manager
  • Credentialing Specialist
  • Human Resources professionals
  • Medical billing
  • Underwriter


Years of Experience: 26+ years

Areas of Expertise: Peer Review, Medical Staff Bylaws, Credentialing, Regulatory Compliance, Disruptive Behavior, Data Bank and Other Medical Staff Issues

Elizabeth Snelson is a lawyer with years of experience in peer review, medical staff bylaws, credentialing, regulatory compliance, disruptive behavior, Data Bank and other medical staff issues. She is past President of the American Society of Medical Association Counsel, past Vice President of the ABA’s Physician Issues Interest Group, and was a member of the Joint Commission’s MS 01.01.01 Task Force. Her practice includes expert testimony on Data Bank, credentialing and peer review; physician leadership retreats; and bylaws and policy development and review.

She is the author of The Physicians’ Guide to Medical Staff Organization Bylaws, published by the American Medical Association. 

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