Before you leave your clinical career, consider whether it will be possible for you to re-enter clinical medicine after a period of inactivity. Every state medical board has different requirements surrounding re-entry. There are currently several re-entry programs throughout the United States that help physicians re-enter the clinical workforce after they have been clinically inactive for a period of time. One of those programs is at Drexel University and it looks like they published a nice article about the success of their program. Here is the abstract:
Introduction: Few formal educational programs are available in the United States to assist physicians wishing to return to medical practice after clinical inactivity. Little published data on physicians who complete these programs exist. We describe the Drexel Medicine Physician Reentry/Refresher course and present our findings on participant demographics, performance, and goal attainment following course completion.