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Special Communication
September 4, 2002

Reentry Into Clinical PracticeChallenges and Strategies

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Office on Women's Health, US Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

JAMA. 2002;288(9):1091-1096. doi:10.1001/jama.288.9.1091

Women and men who reenter clinical practice after a period of clinical inactivity often face personal, professional, and institutional obstacles. Although many associations and academic medical institutions realize the critical importance of retaining and promoting highly qualified individuals, it is equally important for health care professionals to have the opportunity to return to a successful professional career following extended clinical inactivity. Here we provide a review of factors that may contribute to clinical inactivity, discuss challenges associated with the reentry process, describe current reentry efforts, and propose recommendations for future directions.