Retirement Age Ranges from Clinical Practice of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Physicians

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Abstract

Objectives

Retirement of “baby boomer” physicians is a matter of growing concern in light of the shortage of certain physician groups. The objectives of this investigation were to define what constitutes a customary retirement age range of maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) physicians and examine how that compares with other obstetrician-gynecologist (ob-gyn) specialists.

Study Design

This descriptive study was based on American Medical Association Masterfile survey data from 2010 to 2014. Data from the National Provider Identifier were used to correct for upward bias in reporting retirement ages. Only physicians engaged in direct patient care between ages 55 and 80 years were included. Primary outcomes involved comparisons of retirement ages of male and female physicians with other ob-gyn specialties.

Results

Interquartile ranges of retirement ages were similar between specialists in MFM (64.1-71.1), gynecologic oncology (62.1-68.9), reproductive endocrinology and infertility (64.1-71.7), and general ob-gyn (61.5-67.9). In every specialty, women retired earlier, while males in MFM were most likely to retire at the oldest age (median 70.0).

Conclusion

MFM physicians usually retired from clinical practice between ages 64 and 71 years, which is similar to other ob-gyn specialists. Females retired earlier, however, which may impact the overall supply as more females pursue MFM careers.

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