Featured Articles & Podcasts about PHPs


‘Why Do I Put My Life on the Line?’ Pandemic Trauma Haunts Health Workers
March 2021
PEW Trusts
Dr. Christopher Bundy, FSPHP President offers PHPs as a resource for those seeking help following the psychologic impact of burnout and exhaustion from the pandemic “Physician Health Programs, are an anonymous, trusted source that medical professionals in every state can call on if they want to talk or get a confidential referral."
He offers the hope that what will come next are changes in dialogue around physician’s vulnerability and wellness, increasing the need to seek help and for there to be changes in the environment so that its sustainable.  . 

Curbside Consultation: Caring for the Physician Affected by Substance Use Disorder
March 2021
Authored by FSPHP Member, Dr. Ruchi Fitzgerald with acknowledgment to Dr. Chris Bundy, FSPHP President for his review, this article is an impactful case scenario of a physician with substance use disorder seeking care and finding recovery with shared decision making involving the expertise of a Physician Health Program, and a family physician. She summarizes the barriers to care, along with the more devasting consequences of a physicians not seeking care and losing their license or other life dysfunction or worse, risk of suicide. Excellent and actionable “follow-up”  tips are provided as well, along with powerful references.  

Adaptations to Substance Use Disorder Monitoring by Physician Health Programs in Response to COVID-19*
February 2021

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
In this article authored by FSPHP Board Member, Dr. Alexis Polles (FL), FSPHP President, Dr. Chris Bundy (WPHP), FSPHP Associate Member, Dr. William Jacobs, and Chair of the FSPHP Research Committee, Dr. Lisa Merlo (FL), describe how PHPs work to adjust their services at a time of need, and how “The future of SUD monitoring for health professionals will almost certainly be characterized by greater flexibility, choice, and shared decision-making between the PHP and physician participant, so long as recovery support, accountability, and patient safety are not compromised.”  
*Full article download available until March 26, 2021.

Success Rates of Monitoring for Healthcare Professionals with a Substance Use Disorder: A Meta-Analysis 
January 2021
Journal of Clinical Medicine
FSPHP is grateful to the authors of this piece for their thorough evaluation of the evidence supporting the PHP model. This investigation highlights the limitations of prior studies demonstrating effectiveness of HCP monitoring programs and serves as an important guide for future research to update and improve upon the evidence-base.  FSPHP is pursuing such research and welcomes funding and collaborative partnerships with investigators interested in physician health.

FSPHP supports the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act (S. 4349)
September 11, 2020
Journal of Clinical Medicine
When this legislation is enacted, the FSPHP, along with our member Physician Health Programs (PHPS) across the US can be part of the solution to address the intensifying stress, burnout, mental health, substance misuse and suicide crisis among physicians exacerbated by COVID-19.  The legislation calls for access to grants for resources that will provide the education, research, and training addressing the well-being of the profession. 

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