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Comprehensive Evaluation [+/-]
Who can request an evaluation? [+/-]
Evaluations may be requested by surgeons themselves, hospitals, or licensing bodies.
Who is a candidate for the program? [+/-]
Although the program is intended to evaluate the aging surgeon, there is no specific age limit. Surgeons of any sub-specialty are candidates. Exclusions include substance abuse and known psychiatric illness. The surgeon must understand and speak English.
What exactly is being tested? [+/-]
We are testing general health, eyesight, neurocognitive faculties, visual-spatial and fine motor capability. We are not testing medical knowledge, specific surgical skills, or medical interviewing and documentation skills.
Why does the evaluation take two days? [+/-]
We recognize the high stakes involved for the doctor being evaluated and therefore constructed the best, most comprehensive schedule. We recently met as a group to discuss the question, “Must the evaluation be this comprehensive, this lengthy?” The answer unanimously was “Yes.”
What treatable disorders might be discovered or suggested? [+/-]
Some disorders that, if treated, might improve a surgeons capabilities include medication side effects, depression, neurologic disease (i.e., hydrocephalus), sleep apnea, vision problems.
What worrisome disorders might be discovered? [+/-]
Disorders that could affect a surgeon’s ability to practice include dementia, other cognitive impairment, neurologic disease, significant tremor.
What will we do if a severe impairment is discovered? [+/-]
If we discover a disorder which is an immediate safety concern to you or others, we will contact, with your prior permission, your personal physician and/or significant other.
The Report [+/-]
What are the costs of the program? [+/-]
The surgeon is responsible for his or her travel, hotel (special rate available at our nearest hotel), breakfasts, and dinners. A one-time all-inclusive fee, paid in advance, will cover the two-day comprehensive evaluation and report. This fee is presently being calculated. You may contact us for the amount of this fee.
Are meals included? [+/-]
Lunch will be provided each of the two days. Breakfasts and dinners are the responsibility of the surgeon. Baltimore offers many opportunities for excellent meals.
How do I get from the hotel to Sinai Hospital and back? [+/-]
There is a convenient shuttle from the Radission Cross Keys Hotel and back. If a surgeon drives a personal car, we will provide a parking pass each day.
What clothes should I wear? [+/-]
Comfortable clothes are appropriate. You will not be judged in any way based on your dress. Shoes with heels are discouraged. Room temperatures will be comfortable but an additional layer of clothing such as a sweater may give you more flexibility. The tests are not physically stressful, though the day is long.
What should I bring? [+/-]
Accommodations such as eyeglasses, hearing aids, and braces should be worn. Cell-phones and pagers must be turned off during the tests but may be used during the lunch breaks.
What determines the cost of the program? [+/-]
The greatest cost of the program is clinician time, particularly the neuropsychology component. Some sophisticated equipment is employed in the Physical/Occupational Medicine area.
Other Questions [+/-]
If you have questions about The Aging Surgeon Program at Sinai Hospital please contact JoAnn Coleman at 410-601-5719.