CCHE Seminar Series with Michelle Pannor Silver

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As part of the Canadian Centre for Health Economics (CCHE) Friday Health Economics Series, we welcome Professor Michelle Pannor Silver this Friday February 27th, 10am – 12pm in HS100 (Health Sciences Building 155 College Street). Professor Silver will explore “Retirement, Unretirement, and Transitions from Practice: Findings from the Academic Physician Retirement Project”. 

Dr. Silver is an Assistant Professor in Health Studies/Anthropology at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.  Her ongoing research in gerontology is focused on examining the role of cumulative life experiences and later life transitions, as they relate to enhancing well-being in mature adulthood.  She is the Principal Investigator for the Academic Physician Retirement Project; a multistage project that critically examines the relationship between work identity and retirement. She has conducted qualitative research investigating the construction of women’s retirement identity and econometric analyses of subjective well-being in retirement.  Dr. Silver’s research has also examined health information seeking and Internet use among mature adults.   Her research has been published in peer review journals such as Women & Health, Aging & Society, Educational Gerontology, Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, and the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Her next research project will examine later life sport participation at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, the most expensive publicly funded sports facility built for amateur sport in Canadian history.  Dr. Silver holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has a Master’s degree in Public Policy, a B.A. and B.S. from the University of California Berkeley.


Physician retirement has societal implications.  In the aggregate, early retirement can lead to shortages in the supply of medical care.  On the other hand, delayed retirement can have negative implications for the job prospects of medical graduates and consequences for succession planning within medical institutions.  Since the abolishment of mandatory retirement, transitions from practice have also become a very independent decision.  For academic physicians, who play a critical role in the healthcare system by providing specialized care for patients, educating future physicians, and producing much of the research from which key medical decisions are made, retirement can be a dreaded prospect.  This talk will present a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to examining retirement drawing examples from the Academic Physician Retirement Project, an ongoing study of the relationship between work identity and retirement that seeks to identify policies and support systems that enable dignified, engaged, and smooth retirement transitions. 

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