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.

Please Note:

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)

Reentry Plus

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.

Reentry Convening

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.

Watch the Video on Convening on Reentry (YouTube)

  • “During an extremely difficult time, CPEP [staff] were the only people to treat me with respect.”

    — Vascular Surgeon, Participant

  • "I appreciated the opportunity to experience an assessment. It is an interesting process and one that provided me with insights to my professional activity at this point in my career. I have reviewed the recommendations and will incorporate them into my practice. Perhaps this should be a requirement of all physicians at some point in their career."

    — Certified Nurse Midwife, Participant

  • "We always felt most doctors who fail are salvageable. There is a huge amount of money invested in them and if they can be saved, they ought to be."

    —Vice President, Malpractice Insurance Company

  • "It's a proactive fit on how to deal with continued competency concerns and JCAHO requirements. Obviously, the earlier you can get a physician in touch with an assessment facility the more help it can be."

    —Vice President, Medical Association

  • "...The CPEP Educational Intervention is helping me be a better physician. Other physicians should take this program as a positive experience as I have."

    —Plastic Surgeon, Participant

  • "It was a new and refreshing experience for me to be evaluated in a neutral environment free of any political maneuvering. You treated me fairly. I thank you for that."

    —Family Physician, Participant

  • "During an extremely difficult time, CPEP [staff] were the only people to treat me with respect."

    – Vascular Surgeon

  • "In general I felt that the educational intervention, the post-intervention evaluation, and interviews were very enriching. They will have a lifelong positive impact on my clinical skills, documentation and practice. I am very thankful to CPEP for all you have done to help in furthering my medical education."

    — Family Practice, Participant

  • "If we ever find problems through our peer review process, we send them to CPEP. It's a wonderful resource."

    – Medical Staff Coordinator

  • “I used to think that education plans such as CPEP’s were a waste of time.  However, working with a physician reentering practice has been an eye opener. I know now that physicians can get rusty pretty quickly."

    —Family Physician and Associate Director of Residency Program, Preceptor

  • "I want you to know that, with these [educational resources] and with your words of encouragement and understanding, you have helped me open the door to my learning again. I want to share my deep appreciation."

    —Psychiatrist, Participant

  • "This is an option the hospital might not have otherwise, especially in a smaller community where physicians are reluctant to assess a competitor's skills for fear of anti-competitive conduct and the awkwardness of the situation. The program provides a reliable assessment for both parties, far removed from any personal relationships."

    —Healthcare Attorney, Participant

  • "I appreciate the competent, thorough evaluation which CPEP has performed for the Board of Medical Examiners."

    – General Practitioner

  • "I find my consulting work with CPEP extremely stimulating as it keeps my medical skills sharp while I am evaluating others. I feel this is a valuable service to the national medical community, and a nice benefit are the COPIC points."

    -CPEP Consultant

  • "I would like to personally thank the staff and consultant physicians at CPEP for working so hard to make my assessment a positive experience. I was treated both with professionalism and respect by everyone, and I was touched by the kindness that was extended to me. It was wonderful to work with people who were interested in evaluating me in an objective way, and I'm very grateful for this experience."

    — General Surgeon, Participant

  • "I appreciate the competent, thorough evaluation which CPEP has performed for the Board of Medical Examiners."

    —General Practitioner, Participant

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