The Reentry Project periodically features different physician reentry programs from across the country. This does not imply endorsement of the specific program by either the Reentry Project or the American Academy of Pediatrics, but rather serves to inform physicians interested in reentering the workforce about the programs that are currently available.
AAP Reentry Spotlight:
Texas A&M KSTAR/UTMB Health Mini-Residency
1) What is the Texas A&M KSTAR/UTMB Health Residency?
It is a fee-based mini-residency program that provides a three-month, residency-based reentry education experience for physicians who are seeking to return to medical practice after an interruption in their career. The Mini-Residency begins with a two-day assessment through the KSTAR program at Texas A&M Health Science Center- College of Medicine in College Station, Texas. It is then followed by a three-month training experience at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Health training experience in Galveston, Texas. A report of the entire experience is generated on completion of the program, including a plan for ongoing professional development.
2) How is it determined that a physician is a good candidate for the program?
The ideal candidate for the KSTAR/UTMB Health mini-residency programs is a physician who has had a practice interruption, left practice in good standing, and desires to return to a similar scope of practice.
3) Why did Texas A&M KSTAR Physician Assessment Program decide to partner with UTMB?
We partnered with UTMB to work with us on building this Mini-Residency because they have created many well-developed graduate medical education programs. There is also strong support at UTMB for physician reentry into the workforce. The KSTAR experience has been that a number of re-entry candidates do best in a structured re-entry program where they can work on teams and participate in other educational activities provided by accredited graduate medical education residencies.
4) What specialty and sub-specialty programs are available for this mini-residency program?
Almost every specialty and sub-specialty training is available at UTMB Health. The availabilityof any specific program at a given time depends the discretion of department chairs and other physician leadership, and on current demand placed on existing resources. The philosophy is that when there is room, we will make every effort to provide training.
5) What do you see as some of the advantages to this model of a reentry program?
All of the training occurs within residency programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME); our faculty are seasoned physicians and educators who are familiar with physician reintegration into medical practice; KSTAR has significant experience with residency-based reentry education and UTMB has experience in doing reentry education within its post-graduate programs
6) Do physicians need to have an active license to participate in the program?
The Texas Medical Board has the authority to grant KSTAR/UTMB trainees Visiting Physician Temporary Permits (VPTPs) for out-of state physicians or for those who do not currently hold an active license.
7) Do participants need to obtain their own liability coverage?
“Occurrence” type liability coverage has been secured at a very reasonable rate for KSTAR/UTMB trainees.
8) Do trainee get hands-on experience?
Yes, reentry physicians work as part of a health care team and get hands-on experience including access to performing procedures. Both KSTAR and UTMB also have significant simulation resources available to enhance the assessment and education components of our program.
9) Any words of advice for someone thinking about leaving clinical practice to make reentry easier when they decide to return?
Returning to practice after an absence can be daunting and provoke anxiety. We know of more than forty physicians who successfully completed a a mini-residency program and returned to practice. We believe it is helpful to understand that most qualified physicians who have a strong desire to return to practice have been able to successfully complete their educational experience and regain their clinical careers.
10) Where can people go for more information?
For more information visit our website at http://www.rchitexas.org/kstar-physician/mini-residency.html
Other Resources: Coalition for Physician Enhancement (CPE) Resources
The Coalition for Physician Enhancement (CPE) is a consortium of professionals with expertise in quality assurance, medical education, and the assessment, licensing, and accreditation of referred physicians seeking higher levels of performance in patient care. More information on CPE