Peace, relaxation, leisure time: This is what most people hope for during retirement. Doctors, who typically make large salaries, are especially stereotyped as retiring early and spending the last third of their life on the golf course. For many, however, retired life doesn't turn out like that. Some find boredom and restlessness sink in all too quickly. Others encounter unexpected expenses or find that their financial situation won't provide for the comfortable life they expected. This was all too common for many physicians with investments that all but disappeared during the economic downturn that began in 2008.
With retirement not turning out the way they hoped, some physicians who had long ago hung up their stethoscope are now returning to the workforce. Just a few years away, however, can create obstacles to re-entering. The good news is that the demand for physicians is high, and some programs actually assist retired physicians back into work. We'll go over just a few of the many positions doctors can consider when coming out of retirement.