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.
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.”
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:
What should I know before I leave?
What should I do before I leave?
What should I do while I am out of the workforce?
What should I do now that I have reentered?
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
The Inventory is available free of charge at www.physicianreentry.org
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 www.aap.org.