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 and other health professionals 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

TMF Signs On to Support National Physician Suicide Awareness Day

National Physician Suicide Awareness Day is on September 17, and the TMF has joined the Federation of State Physician Health Programs and other like-minded groups in signing on as a supporting organization. The annual #NPSADay effort is led by the Physicians’ Foundation, the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation, and First Responders First. #NPSADay is a…

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“Medscape” Article Highlights the Work and Results of PHPs

How do Physician Health Programs (PHPs) like the TMF help physicians and other health professionals get help when they are struggling? A recent article published on the website Medscape explores the ins and outs of PHPs, and recounts the process and results of these unique programs. “How Doctors with Addiction Heal and Return to Practice,”…

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