Concerned with the state of the nation’s healthcare system, former UC San Diego School of Medicine professor, Dr. Leonard Glass, began analyzing ways to help bolster the industry’s workforce. In 2010, he built the foundation of what would soon become Physician Retraining & Reentry – an online educational program presented in collaboration with UC San Diego School of Medicine faculty to help solve the nation’s growing physician shortage.
PRR is an exceptional option for medically licensed physicians who wish to practice part-time or full-time adult outpatient primary care including:
- Working specialists interested in making a transition to general medicine
- Physicians who took a leave of absence and are ready to return to the clinic
- Retired physicians who are interested in getting back in the game
- Physicians nearing retirement who wish to transition to part-time work
- Surgeons who, due to a disability, are no longer able to perform surgery, but are still fully capable of diagnosing and treating patients in a primary care setting
How PRR Works
PRR consists of 15 online modules that cover a wide range of critical subject matter from cardiology to dermatology, medical records and more. Participants are able to work through the program at their own pace, giving them ample time to master each course before taking a final examination, and a one-day, in-person practicum. The estimated time to complete PRR is 180 hours. Upon completion, graduates receive 180 AMA PRA Category 1™ credits from the UC San Diego School of Medicine and Certificate of Completion from PRR. PRR also provides one-day of free shadowing for those who wish to get more experience before returning to the clinic.
Completing the program can provide unique career opportunities, including positions at:
- Federally funded community clinics
- Collegiate and industrial clinics,
- Emerging chain store clinics
- Hospital group clinics
- V.A./military clinics
American Academy of General Physicians
The American Academy of General Physicians was established in 1995 with the goal of supporting the growth and recognition of general practitioners. To become “board certified” or “board eligible” by the AAGP, physicians submit documentation regarding their licenses and credentials and may be subject to an interview by the AAGP. These certifications have helped AAGP members get and retain positions and hospital privileges.
The AAGP recognizes that completion of the PRR program qualifies physicians for AAGP board certification eligibility, allowing PRR participants to bypass the first part of AAGP’s two-part exam. This allows PRR participants to achieve general physician board certification, satisfying a requirement for many potential employers.