The Encore Physicians Program

The Encore Physicians program matches retired physicians to rewarding clinical roles treating underserved populations in Community Health Centers in the greater Bay Area. The physicians receive compensation for providing direct patient care and mentoring less experienced clinicians for up to two days per week for one year.

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How the Encore Physicians Program Works

  • Physicians provide direct patient care and mentor less experienced clinicians, receiving a health center physician rate to work up to two days per week for one year. 
  • Any licensed retired physician interested in a clinical role is eligible to apply. 
  • Encore program matches physicians with health centers based on expertise and need. 
  • Health centers provide credentialing, develop work terms, pay physicians, arrange malpractice insurance and help with onboarding.
  • Program is currently available in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma and Santa Clara counties with plans to expand to San Francisco and possibly beyond.

In the Media

Read more about the program in Bay City News.

Hear Encore Physicians Program director Dr. Mike Rizzo interviewed by Liz Boehm on the Caring Greatly Podcast.

The Encore Physicians Program is committed to providing an excellent experience for both physicians and health centers through a robust matching process, ongoing program support, communication and constructive evaluation. works with Federally Qualified Health Centers throughout the greater Bay Area. The project is supported by Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Programs.


To learn more about opportunities in the North and East Bay, contact Dr. Mike Rizzo at 510-882-5710 or [email protected] For opportunities in the South Bay, contact Dr. Tom Burns at 650-492-0259 or [email protected]

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