According to a recent report on betterdoctor.com, Raleigh and Greensboro are among the top U.S. cities facing a physician shortage. Raleigh has the sixth lowest density of doctors in the nation with one primary care physician for every 2,518 residents. Overall, 78 out of 100 counties in North Carolina qualify as Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA’s), because of shortages of primary medical care.
Retraining inactive physicians costs less than sending a new physician through medical school and takes a lot less time—a few weeks to several months, compared to the seven to 10 years required to train new physicians.
Since July, CPEP’s Raleigh office has worked with 35 health care providers from 19 states. Services provided include physician reentry evaluations, clinical competency assessments and the ProBE ethics remediation course.
Recently, the North Carolina Medical Board changed its reentry requirements. The new policy requires physician license applicants who have not practiced clinical medicine for two or more years to complete a formal examination or assessment approved by the Board, and follow all applicable recommendations. To learn more about the CPEP reentry program visit the CPEP website or call 919-238-6436.