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Physician Re-entry

The AMA defines physician re-entry as "a return to clinical practice in the discipline in which one has been trained or certified following an extended period of clinical inactivity not resulting from discipline or impairment." (See more facts on physician re-entry.)

The issue of physician re-entry into the workforce is growing in importance. Anecdotal evidence indicates that re-entry into the workforce will affect women more often than men (and the numbers of women entering medical school continue to grow), but this is an issue that cuts across genders and specialties.

To address this concern, a number of organizations and individuals are collaborating to examine re-entry and create guidelines, recommendations, and strategies to assist physicians and ensure access to care for patients. The AMA, through its Council on Medical Education (CME), continues to play an active role in this regard.

Also, check out a glossary of reentry terms and the toolkit from the AAP for physicians seeking re-entry into medicine; the Roadmap to Reentry, a resource developed by the AAP and the Center for Personalized Education for Physicians that provides guidelines for physicians and physician assistants seeking to navigate the re-entry process; and the website of the Physician Reentry into the Workforce Project

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) published in 2012 its 12 guidelines on reentry for state member boards, created by the Special Committee on Reentry to Practice. The guidelines highlight some key reentry issues, such as data needs, mentors for reentry physicians, and medical liability insurance.

Re-entry Programs

Note: This list is for informational purposes only. A listing here does not indicate endorsement by the AMA.