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New Toolkit Helps Physicians Plan for Reentry into the Clinical Workforce


It is becoming increasingly common for physicians in all specialties to leave clinical practice for a prolonged period during their career and then seek to reenter the clinical workforce. The Physician Reentry into the Workforce Project, supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), has launched the A Physician Reentry into the Workforce Inventory designed to assist physicians with the often overwhelming task of leaving and later reentering clinical practice. 

“Reentry, as defined by the project, is returning to the professional activity/clinical practice for which one has been trained, certified or licensed after an extended period,” said Holly Mulvey, MA, co-director, The Physician Reentry into the Workforce Project. “We receive many inquiries from physicians asking for assistance and information on reentering clinical practice. This new checklist provides a starting point for physicians by supplying much needed, pragmatic and useful information on reentry.”

The reentry project encourages physicians who are contemplating leaving the workforce (for any length of time) to employ strategies that will enable them to maintain their practice skills, and to engage in the practice of lifelong learning. The Inventory takes the unique approach of addressing the four timeframes of physician reentry and providing practical checklists that address these key questions:

  1. What should I know before I leave?

  2. What should I do before I leave?

  3. What should I do while I am out of the workforce?

  4. What should I do now that I have reentered?

“The Inventory stresses the need for physicians to look at reentry as they would any other career move, and prepare accordingly,” said Mulvey. “By addressing personal considerations, regulatory issues, medical liability coverage, financial options and a host of relevant information, the Inventory assists physicians in strategically planning for reentry.”

The Inventory is available free of charge at

The Physician Reentry into the Workforce Project is a collaborative initiative of many organizations and individuals, both internal and external to pediatrics. The AAP has supported and funded the project since its inception in 2005. It is directed by the AAP Division of Workforce & Medical Education Policy, led by Mulvey.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit