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Preparing for Retirement: Creating A Happy and Healthy Transition

Individual Action Plan Worksheet

Individual Action Plan Worksheet - Created by: Charlene M. Dewey, M.D., M.Ed., MACP. Center for Professional Health – Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2019©

Suggested Readings for Physicians and Scientists


  1. Safranski, S. The New Retirement Realities for Physicians: Are you seeing it clearly? M.D. News Special Feature, AMA Insurance Agency, 2010; 2(1):1-4.
  2. Cogbill, TH. Retirement: An opportunity to revisit the “road not taken.” Bull Am Coll Surg, 2004; 89 (3):16-20.
  3. Manheimer, R. Creative Retirement: Beneficial for the Patient – What about the Doctor? NC Med J Sept/Oct, 2008; 69(5):406-07.
  4. Cronan, J. Retirement: It’s Not About the Finances! Am Coll Rad, 2009:6(4):242- 45.
  5. Bernstein, A. and Trauth, J. “Your Retirement, your way: why it takes more than money to live your dream.” New York: McGraw Hill, 2007.
  6. Cullinane, J. and Fitzgerald, C. “The New Retirement: The Ultimate Guide to the Rest of your Life.” 2nd ed. New York, Rodale; 2007.
  7. Sunderstrom, E., Burnham, R., and Burnham, M. “My Next Phase: the personality-based guide to your best retirement.” New York, Springboard; 2007.
  8. Blaiser, RB. The problem with the aging surgeon: When surgeon age becomes a surgical risk factor. Clin Orthop Relat Res, 2009; 467(2):402-11.
  9. Neely, JC. My Last Stitch. Bull Am Coll Surg, May 2006; 91(5):17-19.
  10. LaBauve, B.J. and C.R. Robinson, Adjusting to retirement: Considerations for counselors. Adultspan: Theory Research & Practice, 1999; 1(1):2.
  11. Goodman, J. and J.G. Pappas, Applying the Schlossberg 4s transition model to retired university faculty: Does it fit? Adultspan: Theory Research & Practice, 2000; 2(1):15.
  12. Schlossberg, N.K., et al., Counseling adults in transition: Linking practice with theory, second edition. The Gerontologist., 1997; 37(1):134.
  13. Transitioning into Retirement: Key Tips for the Physician and Scientist
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  15. Firmin, MW and Craycraft, A. Life meanings for past and present: Case studies of four retired faculty. Educational Research Quarterly, 2009; 32(4):17-35.
  16. Chase, CI., Eklund, SJ., and Pearson, LM. Affective responses of faculty emeriti to retirement. Educational Gerontology, 2003; 29(6):521.
  17. Yale S, Jones M, Wesbrook SD, Talsness S, Mazza JJ. The Emeritus Clinical-Researcher Program WMJ. Jun 2011; 110(3):127-31.
  18. Sheila M. LoboPrabhu, M.D., Victor A. Molinari, Ph.D., ABPP, Joseph D. Hamilton, M.D., James W. Lomax, M.D. The Aging Physician with Cognitive Impairment: Approachesto Oversight, Prevention and Remediation Am J Geriatr Psychiatry June 2009; 17 (6): 445-454.
  19. Adler RG, Constantinou C. Knowing - or not knowing - when to stop: cognitive decline in ageing doctors. Med J Aust. Dec 2008; 189 (11-12):622-4.
  20. Spickard A. Jr, Gabbe SG, Christensen JF. Mid-career burnout in generalist and specialist physicians. JAMA. 2002 Sep 25; 288 (12):1447-50.
  21. Vaillant, George E. “Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life from the Landmark Harvard Study of Adult Development” Little Brown, 2002.