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.
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.
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
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For further information, please email us at CoM_PhysicianRefresh@drexel.edu or call 215.991.8876.
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:
Nielufar Varjavand, MD
Director, Drexel Physician Refresher/Re-Entry Course
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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