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Resources for Senior Physicians

Published on: May 20, 2020


As a senior physician, you face unique challenges and opportunities during the COVID-19 crisis. The JAMA Career Center is here to support your next steps during this unprecedented time and beyond. The following resources from the AMA Senior Physicians Section can help you build a plan whether you are looking ahead to retirement or seeking a return to practice, or exploring volunteer opportunities to support communities severely impacted by COVID-19, these tools can help you create your next chapter. 

Returning to Work 

If you are considering a return to work during the COVID-19 outbreak, there are a variety of factors you should consider including licensure status, liability, health risks and more. The AMA Senior Physician COVID-19 Resource Guide can help get you started. Senior physicians play a critical role at this time. We recommend reading this statement from AMA President Patrice A. Harris, M.D., M.A. on guidance for senior physicians.  

Although age alone places older physicians in a high-risk group, new opportunities exist for senior physicians to practice telehealth, providing remote care, teaching support, and administrative leadership. Learn more here about how some senior physicians are answering the call and finding new ways to help.   

Protecting your Retirement Assets 

Even as the market reels on pandemic news, many physicians will be able to retire as planned. If you can remember to keep things in context and take some strategic financial planning steps now, you will be ready when markets rebound. Read more here on how you can protect your financial future in uncertain times. 

For a comprehensive list of resources available to senior physicians from the American Medical Association, visit the AMA Senior Physicians Section.