Reentry to Clinical Practice
There are all kinds of reasons physicians, physician assistants, and advanced practice nurses may have for putting their medical career on hold. No matter what they are, the decision to return to clinical practice is not a step that’s taken lightly. It involves determination, dedication, and a solid commitment to renewing and improving one’s clinical skills.
Clinicians seeking to reenter practice need more than a simple test of medical knowledge. They need to prove that they can actually practice medicine in today’s increasingly complicated and changing medical world. They also need educational support and resources to be successful.
Our Reentry to Clinical Practice Program has been proven effective case after case. How is our program different? We focus on the individual and personalize our program based on the clinician’s specific needs, specialty, and anticipated scope of practice. This individualized approach starts with the initial evaluation of clinical skills and continues in the development of a personalized Reentry Plan.
Phase 1: Clinical Skills Evaluation
A One-day evaluation is done at CPEP offices in Denver or Raleigh. It includes:
- Clinical interviews by specialty-matched clinicians
- Simulated patient cases
- Simulated patient chart analysis
- Health information review
- Cognitive function screening
- Written testing, as needed
Phase 2: Personalized Practice-based Learning
The resulting Reentry Plan is usually accomplished in the clinician’s home community. It includes:
- Supervised clinical experience to update technical skills/medical knowledge
- Independent practice with preceptor guidance
- Training in use of contemporary medical information resources
- Continuing medical education courses, online education and self-study resources
- Regular reports and tracking of progress and completion
The Reentry to Clinical Practice Program is designed to...
- Evaluate an individual’s clinical competence after being out of active practice for an extended period
- Help clinicians address educational needs through a structured Reentry Plan
- Allow participants to resume clinical activities through gradually decreasing levels of clinical oversight and guidance from a qualified preceptor
Reentry fees range from $7,995 to $11,995. Fees are based on each clinicians' specialty and proposed scope of practice as well as the complexity of the evaluation. The Reentry evaluation includes the Reentry Plan.
Clinicians must have left the medical field in good standing and plan to reenter areas of clinical practice in which they have had prior clinical training and experience. Reentering clinicians switching specialty areas would qualify for the more comprehensive assessment/education process. CPEP cannot guarantee that a preceptor and/or an appropriate setting can be identified to address educational needs.
Download the CPEP Reentry Program Brochure (PDF)
This program is for clinicians who have been out of clinical practice for 10 years or more. Fees range from $8,995 to $11,995 based on each clinicians' specialty and the complexity of the assessment.
With funding from the Colorado Trust’s “Convening for Colorado” grant program, CPEP and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ “Physician Reentry into the Workforce Project” convened two meetings in the summer of 2013 to foster collaboration and share knowledge, new strategies, methods, and systems to facilitate a clinician’s return to clinical practice. The information gathered was used to create the Roadmap to Reentry into clinical practice...establishing Colorado as a state that attracts primary care providers, from within an outside of our state, to resume clinical practice here.