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Physician Refresher/Re-entry Program Courses

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Drexel Medicine's Physician Refresher/Re-entry program offers a range of courses for physicians intending to gain relicensure and return to active clinical practice, wishing to enhance their focus or area of interest, or preparing for admission to U.S. graduate medical education training programs.

Our courses utilize the College's excellence in medical education and instructional technology resources. The courses include onsite and distance-learning modules, which may be taken in sequence or independently on a flexible schedule to meet your needs. They provide intense learning environments led by university clinical educators for updating medical knowledge and practicing clinical reasoning and communication skills in order to rebuild physicians’ confidence for practice.

We offer career advice and encourage physicians to learn together and build a network for future learning and collaboration.


Virtual Structured Preceptorship

This virtual course, with both asynchronous didactics and virtual live group discussions, teaching and assessment is offered in four-week blocks. Learners can participate from anywhere with an internet connection and video compatibility. It is ideal for physicians who wish to gain relicensure before returning to clinical practice after an extended leave, and those wishing to enhance their focus or area of interest, or enhance existing clinical skills. It is also geared toward international applicants to U.S. graduate medical education programs.

Learn more about the structured preceptorship module

Observership: Onsite

The Drexel Physician Refresher/Re-Entry Observership allows physicians to observe in an urban outpatient medicine clinical setting and learn from an experienced clinician-educator.

Learn more about the observership

Pain Management and Substance Use Disorder Course

Drexel’s Pain Management and Substance Use Disorder course is a self-paced online learning program. The goal of this course is to provide students with a foundation to demonstrate and assess communication skills, knowledge and management in the area of pain management and substance use disorder.

Learn more about the Pain Management and Substance Use Disorder course

Medical Documentation Course

This is a self-paced, in-depth program that focuses on patient evaluation, documentation of the encounter and its billing. Instruction is presented through self-paced videos and handouts. There is pre-, during, and post-assessment of the trainee’s documentation: pre-assessment to understand baseline, after the videos to practice learned material, and then post-course to assure there is sustained facility with documentation practices, with written and verbal feedback.

Learn more about the Medical Documentation course

Enhancing Patient-Physician-Team Communication Course

This is a self-paced online learning program that focuses on various topics of self-care, communication and ethics to enhance patient and health care.

Learn more about the Enhancing Patient-Physician-Team Communication course

Professionalism / Ethics Course

The Professionalism / Ethics Course is a self-paced learning program, may be started anytime, that uses interactive learning modules followed by real-time, virtual discussions to review course material and learn how concepts may be implemented in one’s environment.

Learn more about the Professionalism / Ethics course


Assessment is for those who have been referred by a third-party to assess skills and knowledge (i.e. re-licensure). We offer a multi-source assessment that includes: a review of one’s application; an interview; standardized timed multiple-choice testing as put forth by NBME/FSMB called post-licensure assessment system (PLAS); patient evaluations that assess communication skills, professionalism, and medical knowledge; and other forms of evaluations. Please contact us for details.

Returning Pediatricians

We individualize a program based on your specific goals/needs. This may include multi-source assessments, exercises in virtual patient care, review of documentation skills, clinical reasoning, review of professionalism/ethics skills and more in the settings of virtual and/or in-person preceptorship. Contact us to learn more.

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   Perhaps the greatest strength of the experience is the exceptionally supportive environment that the program creates for the learner. The faculty, the administrative team and the fellow learners are invested in the success of each participant. You are learning from each other and also helping each other along the way, under the guidance of a team that is invested in your progress. It is enormously helpful.   
Isabel Polsky, MD - 2022
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