Rarely does one hear of a physician taking "early retirement." In fact, many physicians continue working well past the traditional retirement age of 65. Being a doctor is "who they are," and it's hard to walk away from that part of their personal identity. But this is only part of the picture.
Age Wave and Merrill Lynch recently surveyed more than 7000 retirees and pre-retirees (physicians included) to assess their attitudes toward working in retirement. Completed in March 2014, this comprehensive study -- "Work in Retirement: Myths and Motivations" -- reveals that retirement is not what it used to be and challenges some long-held assumptions.