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Physician Refresher/Re-Entry Program Observership


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. Currently, we have observerships in outpatient specialties of rheumatology and hematology/oncology. We also offer a nephrology observership in a combined setting of inpatient, outpatient and hemodialysis unit with didactics in cardiovascular systems. Please rank and tell us which you prefer.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain insight into outpatient medical practice in an urban U.S. setting
  • Compare and contrast history-taking methods in various clinical scenarios
  • List steps of a focused and complete exam
  • Practice communication skills with all team members in a practice, including physician faculty, administrator(s) and other medical staff
  • Review diagnostic and management plans in various clinical scenarios
  • Discuss how and why to attend to a patient’s quality of life
  • Discuss drug manufacturing, its regulation and its effects on public health


  • Physicians (including international medical graduates) who wish to become acculturated into the U.S. medical system to prepare for a U.S. graduate medical education training program
  • Physicians who wish to regain licensure and return to active clinical medicine after a leave from medicine
  • Physicians who wish to enhance their clinical skills in a specialty practice

Planning to take this course? Please note the following:

  • You must have completed medical school
  • You will need two weeks prior to the start of the program to complete assigned learning
  • You are responsible for your own transportation, housing, meals and personal needs
  • The location will be an outpatient practice in downtown Philadelphia
  • You may be learning alongside another learner
  • The course starts on the first Monday of every month and is first-come, first-served
  • The program is run in four-week blocks
  • Faculty members are affiliated with Drexel University College of Medicine


  • We provide only one letter of completion from the program.
  • There will be an orientation to clarify goals and expectations and exit interview. We appreciate your feedback during and upon completion of the program.

Ready to apply?

The application process may take two to six weeks. All applications are reviewed; not all applicants are accepted.

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   I enjoyed the supportive and compassionate atmosphere and having the opportunity to share my challenges and worries, while getting encouraging and actionable advice. It was definitely a valuable experience that I’d highly recommend to any physician in the refresher program.   
Dr. Shah - 2021
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