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What happens if you take sometime off from practicing medicine?

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Hypothetically, you take years off as an attending, perhaps to raise a child. Will you be able to come back and practice medicine?

This is quite common among female docs, so the answer is yes.
However, I have heard that studying for your recert exams (if you take that long of a hiatus) can be more difficult than if you had been practicing during the 10 years, however a break is definitely possible.


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Hypothetically, you take years off as an attending, perhaps to raise a child. Will you be able to come back and practice medicine?

You can. It may be easier if you run your own practice. A lot of hospital systems will require a period of close observation to grant you full privileges (beyond the usual FPPE/OPPE) if you have been out of practice for a significant amount of time. Regardless, it can be done.
 
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