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

Good Engagement, Connection to Resources with TN PSQ Mental Health Screening Tool

The Tennessee Professional Screening Questionnaire (TN PSQ) saw good engagement in its first seven months, with 182 Tennessee health professionals taking the screening from February through early September, and higher-than-average connection to nearby resources. That according to a study of the performance of the mental health screening tool conducted of results through September 9. “I…

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Blessings and Miracles: My Thoughts on 18 Years with the TMF

By Mike Todd Administrator Physician’s Health, Spring 2020 It’s hard to believe I am in my last days with the TMF. I am trying to come up with some highlights to cover all of the years but it’s a real struggle to narrow them down to a manageable number to fit in this message. Because…

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