The FSPHP 30th Annual Conference:
Leading the Way in Physician Health

Call for Abstracts
Deadline for Oral Presentations: September 30, 2019
Deadline for Poster Presentations:  January 30, 2020

The Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP) invites the submission of abstracts for professional papers or presentations at The FSPHP 30th Annual Conference: Leading the Way in Physician Health.  This conference is attended by over 250 state physician health program administrators, care providers, and allied health professionals dedicated to the purposes of the FSPHP and its member state programs.  It provides an opportunity for professional exchange of information and to network with professionals dedicated to issues of physician well-being, including the treatment of substance use disorders and mental health conditions facing physicians and other licensed health-care professionals in the United States, Canada, and other parts of the world.

NEW this year!
FSPHP will offer an FSPHP Excellence in Research Poster Symposium Award to the top poster(s).  Additional details and information coming soon.

This year’s conference is organized around 3 main topic areas:

Strategies for Funding, Operational Performance and Improving Professional Fulfillment in Physician Health Work:

  • Media, Research and Public Relations:  Building and Fostering Relationships to Create Impactful Outreach with Stakeholders
  • Strategies for PHPs Funding / Fundraising
  • Use of Innovative IT and Business Solutions to Improve Operational Performance

Participant Experience: How Best to Evaluate and Improve Participant Experience:

  • Advancement and Innovation in Clinical Practice
  • Clinical and Monitoring Best Practices
  • Collaborative Case Management Strategies Among PHPs for Different Complex or Relapsing Participant Situations
  • Peer Support Groups, Spirituality and Mindfulness
  • Policies and Practices for Addressing Complaints or Disagreements with PHP Clinical Recommendations
  • Strategies to Include Participant Voice in PHP Practices
  • Toxicology Testing Practices for Healthcare Professionals

Legal and Regulatory Topics for Treatment Providers, PHPs and Licensing:

  • Best Practices with PEER Review
  • How is Diversion Working in Your State:  Safe Haven and Non Reporting Examples 

Research Presentations:

Research Presentation - Scientific/Data Based
Presentations of original research to be either oral or poster. 

Research Presentation - Clinical
Oral or poster presentation of clinical models.

Key Dates:

Call for Oral Presentation Abstracts Deadline September 30, 2019
Notification of Acceptance of Oral Presentations November 30, 2019
Call for Poster Presentation Abstracts Deadline January 30, 2020
Notification of Acceptance of Poster Presentations February 1, 2020
Speaker PowerPoint Presentations Due March 1, 2020


  • All abstracts must be submitted using the online form.  
  • All authors will be required to complete and submit a Disclosure form at the time of submission.  Click here to access the Disclosure form.
  • Abstract submission text and information will be used on conference materials including our website, brochure and the mobile app.
  • Speakers will be offered the option to submit live audience poll questions during their session. The questions will be submitted in advance with the presentations. 
  • Session presentations are limited to approximately 50 minutes, with 10 minutes allowed for discussion.
  • All speakers will be responsible for their meeting registration fee, travel arrangements and costs.  Please know we appreciate your valuable educational contribution to the FSPHP. 

Responsibilities of the Presenting Author

  • The first author listed for each abstract serves as the presenting author and as the primary contact for all correspondence regarding the abstract.
  • The presenting author must be one of the co-authors listed on the submitted abstract.
  • The presenting author is responsible for the following:
    • Ensuring that all authors have read the abstract and agreed to be co-authors. Failure to get approval from all authors will result in rejection of the abstract.
    • Notifying all co-authors of any additions, deletions, and changes to the program, as may be communicated by the FSPHP.
    • Forwarding all correspondence to all co-authors, including FSPHP policies and guidelines.

Notice to Authors:

ATTENTION: The online abstract form has a built-in timer of 10 minutes.  You will be asked if you would like to continue your session before the timer runs out.  If you do not continue your session you will lose your abstract data.
Once you begin the Abstract Submission form you can make edits, until you hit “submit.” However, you cannot save your work and return to it later.  We recommend you prepare the text in a word document to finalize all the text, and then cut and paste the text into the online Abstract Submission Form.   

For more information email Sandra Savage at [email protected].