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Physician Refresher/Re-entry Program For Returning Physicians

In 1968, Woman's Medical College/Medical College of Pennsylvania (Drexel University College of Medicine's predecessors) developed a refresher program for clinically inactive physicians who wanted to gain relicensure and return to clinical practice. Returning physicians had left for a variety of reasons: family, health, career change to a non-clinical field, relocation and more (JAMA, 248(22): 2994-8, Dec 10, 1982). From 1968 to 1993, the program successfully helped more than 400 physicians (Academic Medicine, 70(1), January 1995).

In 2006, the program was relaunched as Drexel Physician Refresher/Re-entry program and redesigned using the College's excellence in education, instructional technology resources and national expertise in physician remediation and re-entry to include onsite and distance learning modules.

A study from 2006-2010 (Medical Teacher, 34, 285-291, 2012), showed that 86% were successful in achieving their initial goal. For many returning physicians these goals include:

  • Enhancing an area of focus
  • Enriching clinical skill
  • Updating knowledge of general medical information

The key components of the re-entry education include updating didactic medical knowledge, assessment, preceptorship and continued self learning. Through these components we're able to help returning physicians become acclimated to the current medical system and gain medical relicensure. We also provide career counseling and work with employers to help participants return to the workplace.

Returning Physicians / Referring Stakeholders, United States
Drexel Physician Refresher Course, Returning Physicians / Referring Stakeholders, United States

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   I joined the Drexel Refresher course to work on my H/P skills, practice note writing, and interact with other colleagues in the medical field. The course provided a lot of options for you as the learner to choose a focus and tailor your studies to your interests. During the COVID pandemic, the course offered modules on COVID management and the ability to advance telehealth skills. After the four weeks with Dr. Varjavand, Dr. Greco, and my colleagues, I was far more comfortable in my abilities.   
Andrey Kisel, MD, Internal Medicine, November 2020
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