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Call me Odysseus
Interests: Primary care, general internal medicine, family medicine, medical education, medical policy, health maintenance, Patch Adams
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Reentry physicians in Los Angeles County might be candidates for assistance from the Physicians Aid Association. This organization was kind enough to reach out to me recently to let me know of its existence and that it assists physicians in temporary financial hardship situations (such as might be caused by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Reentry physician
I am happy to report that I am back in general internal medicine practice, outpatient only, 3 days per week. (I had the option of starting back full-time, but decided, after consulting with another reentry physician, to start back part-time. This has turned out to be the right decision for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2015 at Reentry physician
Last year, while I was in the midst of clinical retraining, I had the opportunity to "present" my post-reentry job-interviewing persona to a sympathetic-yet-worldly female colleague in a mock interview situation. Her assessment: "You need help." This very blunt piece of advice was spot-on. What she meant by it was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2015 at Reentry physician
I know, I know: it's been months since I've posted anything about my reentry. Actually, I have nothing definite to report at the moment, though there is much in process. My live blog is lagging a bit, just as a chest x-ray sometimes does. My next post will be about... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Reentry physician
I had word from the state board today that my reentry license has been converted from reentry status to regular active. This is very good news! It should be noted it has been 21 months since I quit my day job to pursue reentry. At this point, I have spent... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Reentry physician
I cannot believe this is my first post of 2015, but I do like to be able to tell of tasks accomplished. Today I had word from my reentry program that I have completed my educational requirements and can make application to the state board to have my reentry license... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Reentry physician
So a full year has passed since I started this blog. I have not succeeded in reentering medicine yet, and the path ahead remains unclear. When will the powers-that-be judge my retraining phase to be complete? What does the next phase consist of? At what point will I be able... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Reentry physician
It occurred to me the other day that I have not yet pointed up the necessity for the reentering physician to document the hell out of everything related to reentry. I have found stringent documenting to be necessary not only because it is a requirement of my particular reentry program,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Reentry physician
While generally not a great fan of Congress, Reentry Physician applauds Rep. Sarbanes' Primary Care Physician Reentry Act, even though it may not come about in time to help her. All this means is that Reentry Physician may be ahead of her time again... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Reentry physician
As of this month, I have formally started upon the clinical retraining plan which was drawn up for me over a year ago by the organization which performed my clinical competency examination. The first stage of this plan involves me essentially being an apprentice to a practicing internist. Which seems... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Reentry physician
The High Cost of a Return to Medicine Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Reentry physician
After more than a year of earnest searching, I have found a local internal medicine physician to shadow. Henceforth in this chronicle, I shall refer to this godsent physician as "the good doctor" because truly she is so to me. Obviously, this is a very big deal, because having such... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Reentry physician
Here are two fairly simple and relatively inexpensive physician reentry tasks: Complete a HIPAA training course. I just did this one online. Complete OSHA training for the healthcare provider, either online or at a local in-person course. I have arranged to sit in on one of these classes locally. Both... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Reentry physician
I found out yesterday that I passed the ABIM MOC examination. Getting the results took almost 8 weeks?! Not sure what is up with that. I mean, it was a computer-based standardized test. It is good to know that my multiple-choice-test-taking ability is intact, even though I have not practiced... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Reentry physician
It has been a while since I posted anything here! My reentry to medicine continues to be a work in progress, a real-life Fool's Journey. At this point, almost a year into the process, I have learned to expect that nothing will happen quickly. Also, the very devil is in... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Reentry physician
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Reentry physician
Here's an article from the New York Times yesterday. Apparently other professional women besides physicians do reentries too! The website mentioned in the article,, looks very interesting and I am going to have to check it out in depth. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Reentry physician
I was so pleased last week to discover that UpToDate finally created a month-to-month subscription option for $45 monthly. This allows me, an unemployed reentry physician, to avail myself of updated clinical information without having to plunk down $499 in one fell swoop for an annual subscription. So far, it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Reentry physician
The Colorado Rural Health Center has taken a serious interest in reentry physician training. This is a promising development for all Colorado reentry docs! Wanna be a preceptor and help reduce the primary care shortage in Colorado? Here's your chance. Check it out. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at Reentry physician
Play the game for more than you can afford to lose...only then will you learn the game. Sir Winston Churchill Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at Reentry physician
For physicians who want to return to practice, path is unclear Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at Reentry physician
After weeks of waiting, I just found out today that my professional liability insurance application has been approved. Unfortunately, the premium is going to be a bit steeper than originally quoted to me. It is going to run in excess of 5K per year, which I am guessing to be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at Reentry physician
You thought you left it all behind, You thought you'd up and gone. But all you did was figure out How to take the long way home. Refrain, "The Long Way Home" by Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at Reentry physician
Well, I knew I would come back. You might not have known, but I knew I'd be back at some point. Champ Bailey Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at Reentry physician