It occurred to me the other day that I have not yet pointed up the necessity for the reentering physician to document the hell out of everything related to reentry. I have found stringent documenting to be necessary not only because it is a requirement of my particular reentry program, but also in order to keep track of the myriad people and places and things I have dealt with, phone calls I have made, courses I have attended, items I have purchased, etc.
Quite early on in the reentry process, I realized that an Excel spreadsheet just was not going to cut it in terms of keeping track of the big picture, though I do use spreadsheets quite liberally for sub-lists, especially for keeping track of expenses, as well as for logs of cases seen and articles read.
I have been using Mindvisualizer software to create mindmaps for reentry. I have one big overall map titled "Reentry" which contains pretty much every item of information. At this point, this map has become fairly complex, with long chains of events and linking arrows between various items. If you are a visual person, you might find a mindmap more useful than just a plain list or spreadsheet.
I make ample use of my old Ta-da List for short-term day-to-day list items. Though this software is apparently no longer available, there are now many free listing apps to choose from.
For keeping up with the didactic/educational part of my reentry plan, The Outliner of Giants has been vital. My particular reentry plan requires me to generate written summaries on various medical topics, and I have found that the cloud-based outline format is a superior way to do this. Far better than trying to produce a complex structured outline with Word, which messes up the formatting each time a new item is added. TOOG is free for up to 10 outlines, but in my opinion is well worth the $10 annually for a subscription allowing unlimited outlines. I can see myself using this software in the future for items other than reentry, because it is just that good.
Another software subscription in my reentry repertoire is Shorthand for Windows, currently version 10. Shorthand is great if you are doing a lot of typing for any reason, medical or not. I have found it helpful for making my reentry documenting, outlining, and e-mailing more efficient. "tp" expands to "The patient"; "ye" becomes "yesterday"; "mvp" is "mitral valve prolapse". (Amazingly, I cannot use this software when typing narrative into an EHR. My guess is that the EHR vendors don't particularly care whether physicians have the ability to input the information efficiently or not? That certainly seems to be the case with the system I am using right now.) Anyway, a Shorthand subscription costs $29.95 per year and I have personally found the software to be well worth that price.