Classes of Membership

Review the classes of membership to see which best fits your situation. To sign up as an FSPHP member, please use this online form.

State programs subsequently described with compensated staff, and/or compensated Medical Director, and/or voluntary committee chairperson/staff. A state physician health program shall have the support of organized medicine in its state in one of the following ways in order to qualify for membership:

1. Come under the direct auspices of the State Medical Society/Association; or
2. Be recognized/approved by the State Medical Society/Association (as a program of the Society/Association) in cases where the program is not under the direct auspices of the Society/Association; or 
3. Be directed by a policy-making Board which is composed of a majority representation from the State Medical Society/Association; or 
4. Be administered by a state licensing or disciplinary agency with the following conditions:

a. It must have a diversionary role allowing for a therapeutic alternative to disciplinary action; and 
b. It must have a written agreement with the State Medical Society/Association which accepts this program; and 
c. It shall attest in writing that it is not in conflict or competition with a state physician health program as defined in 1, 2, or 3 above.

5. All state members, and only state members, shall have the right to vote at meetings with each state having one vote. Directors, their staff counterpart, or their designee shall be the single voter from each state.

Open to compensated staff and/or non-compensated staff and oversight board or committee members of state physician health programs as defined above. Members of state licensing or disciplinary agencies are not eligible for Associate Membership.

International programs subsequently described with compensated staff, and/or compensated Medical Director, and/or voluntary committee chairperson/staff. An international physician health program shall have the support of organized medicine in its state, province or jurisdiction in one of the following ways in order to qualify for membership: 

1. Come under the direct auspices of the applicable Medical Society/Association; or 
2. Be recognized/approved by the applicable Medical Society/Association (as a program of the Society/Association) in cases where the program is not under the direct auspices of the Society/Association; or 
3. Be directed by a policy-making board which is composed of at least 60% representation from the applicable Medical Society/Association; or 
4. Be administered by a recognized governing board with the following conditions: 

a. It must have a diversionary role allowing for a therapeutic alternative to disciplinary action; and 
b. It must have a written agreement with the applicable Medical Society/Association which accepts this program; and 
c. It shall not be a competitive program to the recognized physician health program as defined in 1, 2, or 3 above. 

5. No international member can vote or hold elective office or chair committees or represent the Federation in any venue. International members may be appointed to lead or chair a task force or a committee, or ad hoc committees appointed by the president dependent upon their expertise in various areas of interest.

Open to organizations who are engaged in the education, intervention, research, peer assistance, monitoring and advocacy of physicians and/or other healthcare professionals with potentially impairing illness in a hospital, office or other clinical/nonclinical setting. This category is open to only ONE (1) individual per organization, including a compensated and/or noncompensated staff and oversight board or committee member. In order to qualify for membership, an applicant for organizational membership shall:

1. Attest in writing that it is not in conflict or competition with a state or international physician health program and that it supports the mission and goals of the FSPHP. 
2. Be sponsored for membership by a recognized state or international physician health program and shall be approved by a majority of the membership committee and two-thirds of the Board of Directors. 

Members of state licensing or disciplinary agencies are not eligible for organizational membership. This is not intended to exclude from membership compensated or non-compensated staff or committee members of alternative to discipline programs that are operated and/or overseen by the state licensing or disciplinary agency.

No organizational member can vote, attend FSPHP business meetings, hold elective office, chair committees or represent the Federation in any venue. Organizational members may be appointed to lead or chair a task force or act as a fully participating committee member, including ad-hoc committees appointed by the president dependent upon expertise and areas of interest.

Organizational membership is not intended to include representatives, compensated or non-compensated staff, oversight board or committee members of treatment facilities.

The use of Federation membership to promote a treatment facility, drug testing company, other organization or for financial self-interest shall be grounds for removal of membership privileges at the sole discretion of the Federation Board of Directors.

Open to individuals who are engaged in the education, intervention, research, peer assistance, care and treatment of physicians and/or other healthcare professionals with potentially impairing illness in a hospital, office or other clinical/nonclinical setting. This category is also open to compensated and/or non-compensated staff and oversight board or committee members of an FSPHP Organizational Member in good standing. In order to qualify for membership, applicants shall:

1. Attest in writing that he or she is not in conflict or competition with a state or international physician health program and that he or she supports the mission and goals of the FSPHP. 
2. Be sponsored for membership by a recognized state or international physician health program and shall be approved by a majority of the membership committee and two-thirds of the Board of Directors.

Members of state licensing or disciplinary agencies are not eligible for individual membership. This is not intended to exclude alternative to discipline programs that are operated and/or overseen by the state licensing or disciplinary agency.

Individual membership is not intended to include representatives, compensated or non-compensated staff, oversight board or committee members of treatment facilities.

No individual member can vote, attend FSPHP business meetings, hold elective office, chair committees or represent the Federation in any venue. Individual members may be appointed to lead or chair a task force or act as a fully participating committee member, including ad-hoc committees appointed by the president dependent upon expertise and areas of interest.

The use of Federation membership to promote a treatment facility, drug testing company, other organization or for financial self-interest shall be grounds for removal of membership privileges at the sole discretion of the Federation Board of Directors.