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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 return to 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 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. 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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   If you are not in medical practice for a long time, it makes you a little uneasy to come back again. I think this course is a good remedy for that. The program gave me a sense of security, encouragement, and support, and that helped.   
   I have nothing but praise for the Drexel Physician Refresher Course. It was a sound investment, well worth every penny.   
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