Physician's Health Program

We expect a lot from our health professionals. They are constantly under pressure to perform and when making decisions that will affect the health and well-being of their patients, there is no room for error.

However, they are human, too. They can succumb to burnout/stress, addictions, emotional or mental illness, and behavioral issues, like everyone else. The difference is their problems can directly impact the safety of the patients they care for. Fortunately the Tennessee Medical Foundation's Physician's Health Program (PHP) addresses health concerns that are specific to health professionals while working to protect the safety of patients in Tennessee.

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In 1978, the Tennessee Medical Association (TMA) Board of Trustees established a committee for the purpose of offering professional assistance to physicians suffering from chemical dependencies. In 1992, the TMA transferred oversight and management of the program to the Tennessee Medical Foundation (TMF),
a 501(c)3 organization.

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The mission of the Physician's Health Program (PHP) is to protect patients through identification, intervention, rehabilitation, and the provision of advocacy/support for physicians impaired by addictive disease, mental or emotional illness.


The TMF operates solely on contributions from individual physicians and the general public, hospitals, medical groups and other health organizations, as well as grants. You can help support the TMF through donations, annual gifts and planned giving. Please contact us and find out how you can support our program to help physicians heal.

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TMF News

2020 Caduceus Retreat Canceled Due to Covid Concerns

After weighing the present and possible future circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Caduceus Retreat, scheduled for June 12-14 at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, in Franklin, TN. We will miss our annual time of personal connection with all of our PHP participants and alumni. Retreat…

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A Message to Healthcare Professionals During the COVID Crisis

It’s been amazing to see communities across Tennessee come together to help their neighbors in time of need, particularly in the healthcare community. We know health facilities and professionals in some areas are under intense pressure and that could continue for the next several months. For those who are struggling, even as they provide care for…

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