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Physician Refresher/Re-entry Program

Refresh Your Skills
"Every session spent virtually together provided me a space to learn more about evidence-based medicine. Interacting with amazing preceptors and peers from all over the world has definitely helped me get closer to the competent physician I aspire to be."
Update Skills Prior to Re-licensure
"Drs. Greco and Varjavand are very caring, knowledgeable and dedicated mentors. I benefitted the most from case simulations and detailed case presentations. Having a peer group to discuss assignments and engage in intellectual exchange was invaluable!"
Gain US Experience Prior to Residency

"The Physician Refresher Course is an impressive clinical training experience. The program, while very intensive and demanding, provided a soft landing spot for me to start my journey to residency training."

Prepare for Reentry to Medicine
"I highly recommend the Drexel Physician Refresher/Re-entry Program for those who were away from practice for some years and would like to return or who seek opportunity to fortify the skills and knowledge in medicine."

The Drexel Physician Refresher/Reentry Program provides an update for clinically inactive physicians to return to practice; the program also provides remediation, education and assessment for those seeking relicensure or as required by another group (medical board, employer, credentialing organization, etc.) There are several programs that may fit your needs.

For those ready to embark on a residency program, the structured preceptorship or observership provide education about and exposure to the U.S. health care system.

Please read specifically about each course in detail.

Virtual Info Session: For Medical Boards

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Presented by:
Nielufar Varjavand, MD
Program Director, Physician Refresher/Re-entry Course

Learn about referring your physicians to Drexel’s Physician Refresher/Re-entry Program in this free virtual info session. Attendees will learn why stakeholder organizations often refer physicians for remediation or a refresher after physicians have been clinically inactive, and how we can work closely with you to ensure that re-education, remediation or competency assessment meet your expectations.

Virtual Info Session: Prepare for U.S. Residency

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Please stay tuned for future information session dates and times.

Presented by:
Nielufar Varjavand, MD
Program Director, Physician Refresher/Re-entry Course

Agenda Highlights:

  • Overview of Drexel University College of Medicine's Physician Refresher/Re-entry Program
  • The significance of U.S. residency for international medical graduates
  • Testimonials from our alumni who have successfully transitioned into U.S. residency programs
  • How you can make a difference: referring your former classmates to our program
  • Q&A session to address any questions or concerns

If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Who we are?

The Physician Refresher/Re-entry program's faculty and staff are dedicated to helping physicians achieve their career goals, whether they include relicensure, return to clinical practice, U.S. medical residency placement, change of focus, remediation, assessment for practice, or any other outcome. Faculty preceptors are dedicated clinician educators at Drexel University College of Medicine with experience guiding all learners.

Program History

In 1968, Woman’s Medical College/Medical College of Pennsylvania (Drexel’s predecessor) developed a refresher program for clinically inactive physicians who wished to return to practice.

Returning physicians had left clinical practice for a variety of reasons including family, health, career change to a non-clinical field and relocation (Raub). The program was successful, with an 86% success rate (Escovitz), and from 1968-1993 helped more than 400 physicians (Villanova).

In 2006, the program was re-launched as the Drexel Physician Refresher/Reentry Course and redesigned — using the College’s excellence in education, instructional technology resources and national expertise in reentry education — to include onsite and distance learning modules. A study from 2006 to 2010 showed that 86% were successful in achieving their initial goal (Varjavand et al.).

Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1932 (Drexel Legacy Center)
Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1932

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Drexel Physician Refresher/Re-Entry Course
Office of Continuing Medical Education
2900 W. Queen Lane, Room K117
Philadelphia, PA 19129

For more information, please contact:
   215.827.0236 (Fax)

Nielufar Varjavand, MD
Director, Drexel Physician Refresher/Re-Entry Course

Angelina Ditri
Director, Continuing Medical Education

   My experience in the Drexel Physician Refresher/Re-entry Program has been fantastic and enjoyable! The curriculum for the course has been carefully created to strengthen the fundamental skills and attitudes needed to care for patients in many settings.   
Anna Ligocki, MD, MS - 2022
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