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Table 5 Efforts to reenter active medicine, not currently active and reentered physicians (n = 1162)

From: A national survey of 'inactive' physicians in the United States of America: enticements to reentry

  Fully retired
(n = 436)
Not currently active
(n = 500)
Reentered
(n = 226)
  % (n) % (n) % (n)
Ever explored becoming active in medicine again a   
Yes 23.7 (101) 50.3 (237)   n/a
missing   (9)   (23)   
How explored becoming active in medicine b (n = 341)   
Did some reading about the process or requirements 28.7 (29) 38.3 (92)   n/a
Talked to professional colleagues 51.5 (52) 45.8 (110)   n/a
Contacted state about licensing 25.7 (26) 27.9 (67)   n/a
Contacted Specialty Board about recertification c 2.0 (2) 9.2 (22)   n/a
Contacted a medical liability insurance company regarding a new policy 8.9 (9) 13.8 (33)   n/a
Talked to potential employers 41.6 (42) 40.4 (97)   n/a
Contacted medical school 12.9 (13) 7.5 (18)   n/a
Other 27.7 (28) 22.9 (55)   n/a
Easy or difficult to reenter medicine       
Easy 17.0 (16) 16.5 (36) 64.1 (141)
Difficult 83.0 (78) 83.5 (182) 35.9 (79)
Barriers identified b (n = 341)       
State licensure requirements 28.7 (29) 30.0 (72) 17.7 (40)
Specialty Board recertification requirements 10.9 (11) 15.4 (37) 3.8 (22)
Insurance company requirements 29.7 (30) 26.7 (64) 22.1 (50)
Employer requirements 20.8 (21) 20.4 (49) 13.3 (30)
Restrictions on hospital privileges 14.9 (15) 20.8 (50) 11.9 (27)
Limited opportunities for retraining 31.7 (32) 40.4 (97) 15.9 (36)
Cost of retraining 27.7 (28) 23.8 (57) 8.4 (19)
Limited opportunities for part-time or flexible work hours 44.6 (45) 42.5 (102) 26.1 (59)
Family constraints 10.9 (11) 16.7 (40) 10.6 (24)
Other barriers 26.7 (27) 35.0 (84)   
No barriers   n/a   n/a 32.3 (73)
Had retraining before reentering medicine       
Yes   n/a   n/a 37.5 (84)
Retraining experience       
Formal reentry program   n/a   n/a 3.1 (7)
Mini-residency   n/a   n/a 2.2 (5)
Federal Medical Reserve Corps   n/a   n/a 0 (0)
Shadowing an active physician   n/a   n/a 10.6 (24)
Online continuing medical education   n/a   n/a 15.9 (36)
Live continuing medical education   n/a   n/a 22.1 (50)
Other   n/a   n/a 15.5 (35)
  1. a P < 0.001, fully retired vs. not currently active
  2. b positive responses; multiple response permitted
  3. c P < 0.05, fully retired vs. not currently active