Featured Articles & Podcasts about PHPs


Doctors’ Exemplary Treatment Success Occurs Absent High Use of Buprenorphine
by Gary Enos
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Weekly
May 11, 2020
Physicians experience some of the most noteworthy recovery success rates among professional groups, largely because of the presence of physician health programs (PHPs) that offer a treatment-focused alternative to discipline while still protecting public safety.”

Personal Privacy Versus Public Safety: Addiction Among Health Professionals
by Paul H. Earley, MD, DFASAM
From The Carlat Addiction Treatment Report, March 2020, Substance Use in Health Professionals

In this same issue:  Learning From the Successes of Physician Health Programs
Physician health programs  are highly successful and are the gold standard for abstinence-based treatment. Lessons can be gleaned from their structure and applied to other models, including the importance of a contingency management framework and long-term monitoring.”

Physicians and Other Healthcare Professionals with Addiction
The American Society of Addiction Medicine Physician Health Policy Statement Released Feb 2020, Physicians and Other Health Professionals with Addiction.
February 6, 2020

Healthcare Professionals’ Mental Health Needs: Where Can They Go?
by Kay Miller Temple, MD
Article in The Rural Monitor.  This is the second in a two-part series on rural physician and provider behavioral health.
January 29, 2020

Professional Duties Require Physicians to Recognize and Address Physician Illness and Impairment, but It Is Often Difficult to Recognize a Colleague's Condition and Find an Appropriate Way of Reporting and Resolving It
by Mollie Frost
September 2019

Programs and Resources to Alleviate Concerns with Mental Health Disclosures on Physician Licensing Applications
bCatherine M. WelcherCarrie L. RadabaughAlejandro AparicioHumayun J. ChaudhryMark L. StazLynne M. Kirk, and Linda Bresnahan
July 2019

Beyond “Heal Thyself”: Physicians as Patients—An Uneasy Role
by Jeffrey H. Samet, MD, MA, MPH; Jane Liebschutz, MD, MPH
June 18, 2019

Physician Impairment and Rehabilitation: Reintegration Into Medical Practice While Ensuring Patient Safety: A Position Paper From the American College of Physicians 
by Philip J. Candilis, MD; Daniel T. Kim, MA, MPH; Lois Snyder Sulmasy, JD; for the ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee
June 18, 2019

Physician Suicide 
by Joy Albuquerque MD MSc, Sarah Tulk MD MSc
May 6, 2019

Top Doctor Opioid Addict – Recovers and Returns to Medicine   
by Kayla Webley Adler
February 25, 2019

Interaction Between PHPs and Training Programs: Disruptive Behavior in Residents  
by Donald A. Misch, MD
June 30, 2018

Investing in Physicians' Well-Being is Just Good Business  
by Tanya Albert Henry
December 27, 2017

Physician Health Programs and the Social Contract  
by Philip J. Candilis, MD
January 2016

Ulliance Re-awarded the Health Professional Recovery Program RFP
November 7, 2017

2016 Performance Enhancement Review Guidelines
November 8, 2016 

Physician Health and Professional Secrecy
by Philip J. Candilis, MD, DFAPA
December 24, 2015

An Outsider Looks at PHP Care Management  
by Robert L. DuPont, MD
October 27, 201

Physician Health Programmes and Malpractice Claims: Reducing Risk through Monitoring
by Elizabeth Brooks, Michael H. Gendel, Doris C. Gundersen, Sarah R. Early, Richard Schirrmacher, Alan Lembitz and Jay H. Shore
April 22, 2013

Podcasts & Videos

North Dakota Professional Health Program commercial televised in their state in the winter of 2019.

PHP 30 Years of Change
For 30 years the Pennsylvania PHP has provided confidential support and advocacy to those who may be struggling with addiction or physical or mental challenge.  

A Hard Pill to Swallow
Along with host Brian Fortenberry, Dr. Stephen Loyd discusses his intimate struggle with opioid addiction. For three years, Dr. Loyd was addicted to painkillers while working as a physician. In one hand, he had everything anyone would want in life. In the other, a handful of pills. He discusses how finding the Tennessee Medical Foundation helped get him out of addiction.

Confessions of a Recovering Addict
In this powerful episode, Dr. Bob shares his personal story with Brian. Dr. Bob has struggled with alcohol and drug addictions since his early youth all the way through medical school and well into his practice.

MPAP Legacy Video
Listen to those whose lives and careers have been restored - Montana Professional Assistance Program  - Providing Confidential Caring Help for Healthcare Professionals in Distress.

Physician Suicide  
A CMAJ Podcast