Advocacy for Members

The FSPHP Mission is to support physician health programs in improving the health of medical professionals, thereby contributing to quality patient care.

In 1990, the FSPHP was organized to assist physician health programs to work together to promote best practices, and influence policy. In March 2015 FSPHP celebrated 25 years of advocacy and physician health developments highlighted in Physician Health News Message from the President

FSPHP continues to:

  • Achieve national and international recognition as a supporter of state physician health programs.
  • Promote early identification, treatment, documentation, and monitoring of ongoing recovery of physicians prior to the illness impacting the care rendered to patients.
  • Pursue consistent standards, language, and definitions among state physician health programs.
  • Maintain and develop an organizational structure that will help achieve its vision and mission.

New Strategic Goals for 2016 and Beyond

FSPHP has defined four goals for the FSPHP Board to further refine and approve.  The focuses of these goals are to

  • Increase Accountability, Consistency and Excellence for PHPs.
  • Increase Education, Communication and Research in Physician Health.
  • Develop additional Funding Resources for FSPHP.
  • Maintain and Grow and Organizational Structure and Membership Services.

FSPHP Advocacy Achievements & Collaborations

American Medical Association (AMA)

As you may know, FSPHP has a seat at the AMA meetings in an “observer status.”  Dr. Luis Sanchez served in this role in past years.  Currently, our past president Dr. Warren Pendergast continues in this role attending AMA meetings on behalf of our FSPHP.

The AMA has developed online resources that focus on physician-wellness, burnout and resilience.   They are well-conceived, user friendly and offer real examples of practices and institutional examples of promoting wellness, burnout prevention and improving physician resilience.  

The AMA has developed online resources that focus on physician-wellness, burnout and resilience.   They are well-conceived, user friendly and offer real examples of practices and institutional examples of promoting wellness, burnout prevention and improving physician resilience. 

World Medical Association Statement on Physician Wellbeing:  The FSPHP collaborated with the AMA and the World Medical Association on a document contributing to physician health.  

Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)

In 2005 FSPHP and FSMB coordinated the first joint educational session paving the way for the development of a mutually respectful and interdependent relationship.  FSPHP continues dialogue with the FSMB along with our successful Joint Session at the Annual Meetings. Currently the FSPHP President has participated in the FSMB Committee on Ethics.  This committee is very invested in burnout prevention, and has great respect for the work of physician health programs.

Committee for the Promotion of Accountability, Consistency and Excellence

The Committee has been instrumental in developing guidelines that directly contribute to increased accountability, consistency and excellence of PHPs.  In 2016, the Committee created Physician Health Program Guidelines for “Performance Enhancement Reviews”.

Currently the committee has been in the midst of an extensively collaborative process with FSPHP members to update the 2005 Guidelines.  In 2018 these Guidelines will be ready for the membership to vote upon.

New Member Support

FSPHP members have always been generous and supportive to developing and new professional health programs.  As new members are introduced to our e-group, colleagues reach out.  FSPHP has strong collegial support to our mission this way.

FSPHP E-Groups

An extraordinarily valuable tool for our members is the FSPHP e-groups, providing a user friendly capability to share information among our members. We now have 2 e-groups.

FSPHP e-groups are a forum for discussion of issues, problems, ideas, or concerns, relevant to State Physician Health Programs.  Membership to the e-groups is only open to Federation members. Please review important guidelines for the use of the e-group.

fsphpmembers [at] yahoogroups.com ()fsphpmembers [at] yahoogroups.com: An information exchange venue for all FSPHP Membership Categories.  This includes State, Associate, Honorary, International, Individual and Organizational members of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs, Inc.

statePHP [at] yahoogroups.com (): A group limited to the following membership categories - State, Associate, Honorary and International categories.  

FSPHP Committees

A current list of all FSPHP committee’s purpose and current members is available at https://www.fsphp.org/about/committees. If you would like to join the work of an FSPHP committee, please email your interest to jrobarge [at] fsphp.org (Julie Robarge). The process to join a committee involves approval of the FSPHP Board of Directors.  At our annual business meeting, a form is available to sign up to express interest to join a committee as well. If you are omitted from a committee listing in error, please let us know right away.